Updates: IMO PDP Campaign Day-2

Updates: IMO PDP Campaign Day-2

IHEDIOHA REASSURES NWANGELE AND NKWERRE PEOPLE OF EQUITY AND JUSTICE, RECEIVES ASSURANCES OF MASSIVE VOTES FOR PDP

The supersonic campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State made a momentary stop at neighbourly Nwangele and Nkwerre Local Government Areas Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

And the people of the two areas were once again reassured of equity and justice by the Imo PDP gubernatorial candidate, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC, who unequivocally pledged to treat Nwangele and Nkwerre LGAs equally as he would treat his own Aboh Mbaise LGA.

The rallies lived up to their billings with very impressive crowd trooping out to hear what the party has in stock for them. Musical entertainment by Jubilee Entertainment, led by Mazi Chinonso Aniche, enlivened the venue, living no dull moment.

Very important party leaders, particularly those from Nwangele and Nkwerre LGAs were present. Of remarkable note was the presence of Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ebere Udeagu, Dr. Alex Obi, Barr. Charles Ezekwem, Sir Martin Ejiogu, Lady Maria Mbakwe, Hon. Gerald Irona, Engr. Ben Ekwueme, Chief Benjamin Azike and a host of other dignitaries.

Of course, very much present were Rt. Hon. Sir Chudi Jones Onyereri, Senatorial candidate for Imo West (Orlu Zone), Hon. Kingsley Echendu, House of Representatives candidate for Nkwerre/Isu/Nwangele/Njaba Federal Constituency and  Dr. Johnbosco Nkpadobi, candidate for Nwangele State’s Constituency candidate and Chief Casmir Ojukwu, candidate for Nkwerre State Constituency. They came with thousands of their supporters.

They all spoke in glowing terms about their readiness to join Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to win the general elections to liberate Imo people are rebuild Imo State. They assured that PDP will win all the seats in the area that will be contested in the elections.

The rallies were held at the playgrounds St. Peter’s Church, Umuozu, Nwangele LGA and a school at Owerri Nkwoji, Nkwerre LGA. Earlier, a Town Hall Session was held at Obi Igbo in Amaigbo ancient kingdom, with the traditional rulers and leaders of the component towns in attendance.

At end of the Day-2 rallies at Nwangele and Nkwerre LGAs, the people were observed to be quite satisfied with the sincerity in the promises of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and other leaders and candidates of the party.

It is believed that their expressed satisfaction at the rallies will be translated into satisfactory voting for PDP candidates at all levels – president, governor, Senate, House of Representatives and State Assembly on February 16 and March 2. To God be the glory!

Updates: IMO PDP Campaign Day-1

Updates: IMO PDP Campaign Day-1

Hope rekindled as Imo PDP campaign takes off
…Ihedioha reiterates resolve to liberate Imo people and rebuild Imo state

The much awaited official flag off of the campaigns for the 2019 general elections by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State took off with big bang and on a more serious noteon Monday, January 14, 2019.

The event started with a Town Hall Session held at the Umuechendu Hall at Umueze Junction near Mbaitoli LGA Headquarters in Nwaorieubi, the rally proper was held at the playground of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Ubomiri also in Mbaitoli LGA.

The saying goes that “Charity begins at home”.  In their wisdom, the leaders of the party and organizers of the campaign rallies saw Mbaitoli LGA in Owerri Zone as home where the Campaign should take off. And how right they were! Imo State knew that Imo PDP has started campaigning for 2019 general elections.

The turn by party leaders, members and supporters was Catholic! Unavoidable traffic build up was observed along the Ubomiri axis of the very busy Orlu-Owerri Road. Fanfare reigned like harmattan, with all sorts musical sounds.

The 42 candidates ready to go for victory on behalf of Imo PDP were present. Beginning from His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC, the governorship candidate, through his deputy, Hon. Gerald Irona to all the three Senatorial candidates, ten House of Representatives candidates and the twenty seven House of Assembly candidates; all were on ground with their teeming supporters from across the 305 wards and 27 LGAs of Imo State. It was a carnival of good people desirous of good government and good governance.

Protocols were observed. Kolanuts were presented traditionally. Speeches by speakers were delivered. Assurances and reassurances of victory by PDP at all levels were made. Hopes were raised and the mood for real campaigns and ultimate voting and victory in the elections. All of that was amid the presence of the who-is-who of Imo politics.

The high points were found in the speeches by the party Chairman in the State, Barr. Charles Babatunde Ezekwem and the governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.

Delivering his speech, Barr. Ezekwem, introduced Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as a man who has credibility, capacity, and the needed competence to move the State forward. He noted that the party has presented the best candidate to the people of Imo State. He reassured that Ihedioha’s tenure as governor will be days of great glory for Imo State.

In his turn, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha felicitated with all PDP leaders members and supporters, assuring them that the PDP administration in Imo State under his watch will focus on core areas which he stated include, power, education, healthcare, infrastructure, sustainable youth and women development and empowerment, employment, payment of workers’ wages and retirees pension, training and retraining of teachers, industrialization, rural development, economic growth and general development.

Ihedioha while appreciating the ebullience of the Ezekwem-led State Working Committee (SWC), thanked all of the party leaders and members for the confidence they reposed in him. He reassured them that everybody will be appropriately carried along when by God’s grace he assumes office on May 29. He reaffirmed his commitment to the implementation of the manifesto of the party as was unveiled recently.

The PDP standard bearer in Imo State seized the opportunity to campaign for the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON and his vice president candidate, Dr. Peter Obi, urging Imo people to troop out on February 16 to vote for PDP. He reminded that a vote for PDP at all levels is a vote for the restoration of Nigeria and making the country working again.

Present at the rally included but not limited to His Excellency, Chief Dr.Achike Udenwa, Engr. Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Hon. Gerald Irona, Hon. Jones Onyereri, Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi, Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso, Hon. Henry Nwawuba, Hon. Obinna Onwubuariri, Sir Martin Ejiogu, Nze Ray Emeaña, Lady Maria Mbakwe; Ndi Ezes and traditional rulers of Mbaitoli LGA; Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Civil Servants and Retirees Associations;  and thousands others.

The significance and implications of the take-off of the Imo PDP campaigns are very sharp. Among other things, it is established again that the party is first to kick-start a real campaign rally process which other parties may attempt to emulate.

It further proves that PDP is the only true party in the 2019 general elections in Imo State, with a structure and organized system of doing party things.

The PDP by their very successful campaign rally take-off have proved that they are organized, focus, civil and democratic in every segment of their road to Douglas House. In character and conduct, PDP has shown capacity and capability to liberate Imo people and rebuild Imo State.

All that is left is for Imo people to vote for PDP on February 16 and March 2 for their own good and the good of their families and the State in general.

2019: REBUILDING IMO STATE FROM THE RUINS

2019: REBUILDING IMO STATE FROM THE RUINS

…Ihedioha reiterates resolve to liberate Imo people And Rebuild Imo State as Imo PDP Campaign Takes Off
By Remi EmekaNjoku-Ndii
With additional report from Ogu Bundu Nwadike

Current Hopelessness of Imo State

Among the comity of States in Nigeria, Imo State has lately become a laughing stock. The once thriving economy and pearl of the East currently lacks purposeful leadership and is in ruins. The last 7 years of the APC maladministration characterized by flagrant disregard to principles of rule of law and good governance has completely destroyed the foundations laid by our founding fathers, dis-articulated a thriving economy; eroded the significance of our once vibrant civil service; lowered the educational standards; chased away investors through policy inconsistencies; confiscated our lands, expropriated/ misappropriated our commonwealth and systematically impoverished and reduced our collective esteem as a people.

According to a recent report contained in the manifesto of the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, “the state is bedevilled with a rapid decay of public infrastructure; crippling debt burden of over N100 Billion up from N26 Billion in 2011 without any meaningful infrastructure to show for it but instead we have mounting salary and pension arrears; humongous unemployment and underemployment, despite the fact that between May 2011 and December 2017, Imo State government received over half a trillion Naira from the Federation Account excluding the bailout fund of N63.91 billion, Paris refund of N32.02 billion, over N50 billion internally generated revenue, Ecological funds running into several billions of Naira, the balance of N13.5 Billion on the State bond taken by the previous administration, the N3.3 billion  lease of Adapalm and proceeds from royalties etc.”

In addition, “from May 2011 to December 2017, Local Governments in Imo State received N276.6 billion from the Federation Account, yet there was no functional and democratically elected Local Government System from May 2011 till August 2018.”

“Human capital development has been severely stunted in the last seven years. It is shocking to note that Imo State University, formerly ranked 1st amongst state owned universities in Nigeria and 9th in overall country ranking by 2005 is currently ranked 16th and 58th respectively by the 2018 NUC ranking; and has lost its accreditation in medicine and allied subjects.”

More distressing is the fact that, “the health sector in the state is in a state of complete decay as evidenced by the fact that there is presently only one functional General Hospital in the entire state which is located at Umuguma. There are only 54 medical doctors, 4 consultants in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatric surgery and Family Medicine, 9 Pharmacists, 7 Laboratory Technicians, 172 Nurses and no Radiographer or Physiotherapists in the entire Imo State health system. Compare these figures with that of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri having 120 consultants, 240 Resident Doctors, 50 Pharmacists, 7 Radiologists, 14 Physiotherapists and 700 Nurses.”

“Suffice it to say that Imo citizens and residents have groaned in pains for far too long. There is therefore the need to take back our State and rebuild it through purposeful leadership, cleanse the pains of yesterday and restore the pride and dignity of our people. United by patriotism, we can still build a better Imo state that is anchored on transparency, fairness, equity, good governance, sincerity of purpose and dedication,” the PDP governorship candidate laments.

IHEDIOHA: WHEN GOD ANOINTS A LEADER

IHEDIOHA: WHEN GOD ANOINTS A LEADER

Historically, leadership is presented as the main purpose for God’s creation of human beings. This thought is sourced from the charge of God to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to have dominion over everything else that created. In fact, Adam was to lead Eve, the woman and his wife, and together both were to lead the other creatures of God.

Incidentally, shortly after God settled the leadership issues with the first human beings, the failed in their leadership task. That failure of leadership began the story of the fall of human beings in God’s plan and purpose for human beings.

Till date, the greatest problem of the world is bad and failed leadership. In the family systems, in the corporate world, in government systems and in the society, leadership deficiency and outright failure has remained the bane of mankind.

Yet, God in his infinite wisdom has always reserved some people in limited numbers who are successful in their leadership duties and responsibilities. These are often described in the Holy Bible as those who did what was right in the sight of God. They are those that place God and fear of God high, over and above everything else in carrying out their leadership service.

The Bible records it that when the righteous is in power, the people rejoice. But when the wicked is in authority, the people regret. That leaves the understanding that wherever there are complaints about wanton poverty, lack, hunger, disease, sickness and deaths, there you find a wicked leader and bad leadership.

According to the Bible, of all the kings of Israel, right from Saul to the last of the kings of Israel and Judah, most did what was evil in the sight of God, while very few did what pleased God. The kings that offended God were those that served man-made gods, while those served the Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel were the ones that pleased God.

The dawn of the king or leader that pleased God began with David the son of Jesse. He was a young Shepherd of his father’s flock. While he was away tending his father’s flock, he was sent for and anointed King of Israel by Prophet Samuel at the directives and supervision of God Himself.

It is significant that the older, more powerful and much stronger brothers, the sons of Jesse were rejected by God, only for the frail underaged boy to be anointed King by God. That was relevant to the concept of the making of a leader.

In Imo State, South East, Nigeria, among the candidates preparing to vie for the office of the governor of the State is a man who has been exhibiting the features of the biblical David. The man’s semblance with David is so striking that many that come in contact with him is soon reminded of King David of Israel. And to crown it all, with his simple stature, he has proved to be a giant-killer.

We are talking about His Excellency, Rt. Chukwemeka NkemakolamIhedioha, CON, KSC, former Chairman of House Committee on Marine Transport, former Chief Whip, former Deputy Speaker and lastly former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2003 to 2015. He is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections.

The story of the start and progress so far of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha on the road to power and authority in Nigeria is simply davidic. After graduating from the University of Lagos in 1988, he secured a job in the Nigerian Senate in 1992 at the age of 27. By 1995, at the age of 30, Ihedioha was sitting among the biggest political leaders of Nigeria, including Shehu Yar’Adua, Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar and a host of others that formed the political group known as People’s Democratic Movement (PDM). Ihedioha was the Director of Media and Publicity of PDM.

By 1998 PDM transformed into PDP and in 1999 won the election at the presidential level and majority of the various other levels. Rt. Hon. Ihedioha was appointed a Special Assistant to the then Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo. He was redeployed in 2001 to be a Special Assistant on Political Matters to the then Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, GCON.

By 2003 he contested for and won the AbohMbaise/NgorOkpala Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives. He was soon to carve a niche and make his presence visible in the House when he was appointed Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport. Within the first term, 2003-2007, Ihedioha sponsored several bills, of which ten passed and signed into law.

In 2007, Ihedioha was re-elected into the House and became a principal officer by virtue of his election as the Chief Whip. In this capacity he equally excelled very highly. That legislative term ended in very successfully in 2011.

In 2011, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha won a third term to represent the same AbohMbaise/NgorOkpala Federal Constituency. The highpoint was his unanimous election as Deputy Speaker by the 360-member House. By virtue of this, Ihedioha became a presiding officer of the House and the National Assembly. He was draft to the position of Speaker, when the substantive Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal became the governor of Sokoto State.

It is pertinent to mention here that Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha kept updating and upgrading himself academically. He attended a number of best citadels of higher education viz Harvard University Business School and Stanford University Business School, both in the United States; Oxford University Business School, and London School of Economics, both in the United Kingdom. He also attended the British Columbia University in Canada. His course of study in these great institutions focused business, economics, accounting, finance, government, management and administration.

The litany of Ihedioha’s legislative accomplishments and achievements is long and lengthy. But as a testimony to them, he was honoured by Federal Government of Nigeria with Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), which is the fourth highest national honour.

The following is a summary of the Ihedioha bills:

1. The International Convention for the Safety of life at Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law in June 2004.

Role: Rt. Emeka Ihedioha’s was the Principal Facilitator.

2. The United Nations Convention on Carriage of Goods by Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill H.B 118.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law in 2005.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was the Principal Facilitator.

3. The International Convention for the Preservation of Pollution from Ships 1973/78 (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill H.B 159.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law in May 2005.

4. The International Convention on the Civil Liabilities for Oil Pollution Damage (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill 2004 H.B 157.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law in January 2006.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was the Principal Facilitator.

5. International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for the Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage 1979 as amended (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill 2004 H.B 159.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law in January 2006.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was the Principal Facilitator.

6. A Bill for an Act to Establish a Council for Registration Freight Forwarders in Nigeria.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha sponsored it.

7. The Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria Bill 2005.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha Co-sponsored it.

8. Nigeria Ports Act (Amendment) Bill 2009.

Status: Passed Consideration.

Role: Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was the Principal Facilitator.

9. Merchant Shipping Act.

Status: Passed and Signed into Law

10. Nigeria Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Bill 2009

Status: Passed second Reading as at 2015).

Role: Rt. Hon. Ihedioha Sponsored it.

Rt. Hon. EmekaIhedioha also made other legislative accomplishments, including the following viz membership and leadership of committees and delegations:

1. Member, Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendment.

2. Chairman, House Ad-Hoc Committee on Legislative Agenda

3. Chairman, House Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review

4 Chairman, Committee of the Whole.

5. Alternate Chairman, Governing Council of Nigeria Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS).

6. Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Process and Procedure for Obtaining Local and Foreign Loans by Federal and State Governments.

7. Chairman, Sub-Committee on the Review of the Police Act.

8. Nigeria Branch Representative, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

9. Member, Leadership Group, National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Observer Group that monitored the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Lebanon.

10. Leader of Delegation to the 6th General Assembly of the International Parliamentary Association for Information Technology, Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008.

11. Member, Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliament African Region.

12. Leader Nigerian Delegation to the 41st Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

13. Leader of the Nigerian Delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament.

14. Chairman, House Ad-committee on the Alteration of the 1999 Constitution

15. Deputy Leader of the Nigerian Delegation to 125th International Parliamentary Union at Barn on 19th of October, 2012.

16. Deputy Leader of Nigerian Delegation to the 126th International Parliamentary Union Assembly at Kampala, Uganda from March 31 to April 5, 2013.

17. Deputy Leader of Nigerian Delegation to the 127th International Parliamentary Union Assembly at Quebec, Canada from 21st to 25th October, 2013.

18. Deputy Leader of Nigerian Delegation to the 128th International Parliamentary Union Assembly at Quito, Ecuador from 22nd to 27th March, 2013.

19. Deputy Leader of Delegation to the 129th International Parliamentary Union Assembly at Geneva, Switzerland from 7th to 9th October 2013.

20. Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport.

21. Chairman, Ad-Hoc Committee on Constituency Projects.

22. Chairman, Ad-Hoc Committee on the Celebration of Ten Years of Unhindered Legislative Practice in Nigeria (1999-2009).

Ultimately, apparently for his uncommon legislative accomplishments, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC was honoured with the award of the fourth highest national honour, the Commander of the Order of the Nigeria (CON).

The period of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in Federal House of Representatives has been rated excellent for him, the AbohMbaise/NgorOkpala Federal Constituency, and Imo State in general. He attracted, facilitated and sponsored thousands of people-oriented projects.

In the areas of road construction, education, health, electricity, water, security, marine transport, environment and rural development, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha left a remarkable imprimatur. It is such that in varying quantum each of the 27 Local Governments Areas of Imo State received share of Ihedioha’s projects.

In the area of employment and empowerment, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha transformed thousands of lives of Imo people for the best. For instance, on different occasions, he sponsored skills acquisition trainings and empowerment progammes in which three persons comprising youths and women from each of the 305 wards of Imo State were beneficiaries. At the end of such skills acquisition trainings and empowerment progammes he provided substantial seed money to the beneficiaries.

In the same vein, Ihedioha facilitated the employment of hundreds of Imo youths with graduate and secondary education qualifications. Scores were offered overseas scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies by Ihedioha.

The records are such that they are quite long and lengthy that reproducing them here may be too cumbersome. But let it suffice that Rt. Ihedioha went to Abuja to represent AbohMbaise/NgorOkpala Federal Constituency and came back home to Imo State with people-oriented, life enhancing projects, employment and empowerment.

In 2015, he contested for the office of governor of Imo State but lost to some better forgotten unorthodox circumstances. During the preparations for that election, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha toured across the length and breadth of Imo State. He met Imo people and acquainted himself with the hinterland and grassroots.

Quickly after the election, which result he took withy philosophical equanimity he moved on with his other life engagements. And how time flies! Before anybody knew it was 2018; the year before the election in 2019.

With due consultations with various cadres of people in Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha received encouragement to give the governor’s office another shot in the 2019 elections. And effective April 2018 he set out on vigorous tour of entire 305 wards and 27 local government areas of the State. That mission was successfully accomplished in August 2018.

At the PDP gubernatorial primary election that was conducted under very free, fair, transparent and credible atmosphere of peace, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha emerged the PDP guber flag bearer for the 2019. Since thereafter he has not cared to give rest a room. It has round the clock political electioneering campaign engagements.

Only recently, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha embarked on a scheduled tour of London and some States of America where he met with hundreds of Imo people resident in diaspora. He went with the message of his vision and mission to liberate Imo people are rebuild Imo State when he assumes office as governor. In Washington DC, USA, Ihedioha delivered a major policy speech on the topic, “Imo State in the Global Economy”. It is heart-warming that he had in audience some industrialists, investors, intellectuals and technocrats. That according to pundits portends good omen for the economy of Imo State under the watch of Ihedioha from 2019.

The essence of the foray into the curriculum vitae and resumé of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha is to let those who do not know him make his acquaintance while those who know will relish a fresh citation of the leader who has proved that he is anointed by the Almighty God to liberate Imo people and rebuild Imo State.

It is believed that Imo State and indeed Nigeria need leaders with the anointing of God upon their lives. Periscoping and assessing the pedigree and antecedents, capacities and capabilities of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, presents the verisimilitude with some of the greatest successful leaders like the earlier mentioned King David who rose from nobody to somebody and from nothing to something great.

There is an increasing conviction among Imo people of various categories, both at home and abroad, that among the candidates that will be contesting for the office of governor of Imo State, Ihedioha is the most prepared and ready to deliver good government and good governance to Imo State and Imo people.

If the unprecedented high level of support being enjoyed by Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha is the pole of measure of his suitability for the office of governor of Imo State, then he will win the 2019 governorship election with votes and mandate of the people of Imo State. May God be with him and bless his ambition with resounding success.

*Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A, is a journalist, editor, publisher, writer, author and public affairs analyst and critic. He is in the media team of the Ihedioha Campaign Organization.*

Ihedioha kick starts campaign with church service

Ihedioha kick starts campaign with church service

…Vote out Herodian rulers-Obinna
… Popular prophet predicts guber victory for Ihedioha

With less than seven weeks into the 2019 general elections in the country, Rt.Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Imo state  and the entire family of the party have knelt in worship to the Almighty God asking him to take the lead in all their electioneering campaigns and bring victory to their knees in all the elective positions.

They commenced the campaigns with a celebrated high mass held at the Assumpta Cathedral of the Owerri Archdiocese with archbishop Anthony J V Obinna, the archbishop, presiding.

The Church service which started at about 9:30 am was graced by Professor Jude Ejike Njoku who came by 9:39 am, Achike Udenwa ,former governor of the state, Charles Ezekwem PDP chairman, Hon Oliver Enwerenem and all the cream of PDP in Imo in attendance.    In an exclusive interview, some of the PDP members who spoke in an anonymity described Emeka Ihedioha the party’s flag bearer as an epitome of peace, uprightness and a symbol of exemplary leadership, with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability.

Charles Ezekwem, chairman of the party in the state , in an interview said  “As we want to start our campaigns, we decided that it is necessary to come to the house of  our LORD to commit all the activities of our campaigns for 2019 general elections into the hand of God”.

In his homily Archbishop Anthony Obinna, the archbishop of the Owerri  Catholic archdiocese who presided  over the church service with other priests assisting, described the leadership style of most of our political leaders as herodian, full of greed, covetousness, violence and terror.

Like the biblical Herod,  they ate terror and violence personified leaders  who use soldiers,  police, political leaders, religious leaders and all security apparatuses within their reach to unleash terror to people to achieve their objectives.

” Now Herod is alive with us in different parts of Africa, Nigeria and Imo state. People are being killed as a result of terror and violence of our political leaders who are greedy”

He prayed and urged the electorate   in Imo state and the entire country to vote out herodian rulers.

Also in a special programme hosted by the True Believers Assembly, a world Church organization, Reverend Eric Onunji, the General Overseer and aprophet renowned for true manifestation of his prophetic utterances has predicted Victory for Emeka Ihedioha, governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, even as the elections commence in a few weeks ahead.

It would be recalled that in 2015 he predicted the result of the presidential election and the gubernatorial election in Imo state and they came out  true as predicted, he predicted also the result of the election of the late Independence Ogunewe  (Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal
Constituency) the result came true as predicted, he also predicted the election of  Mike Iheanetu(Aboh Mbaise State Constituency) it cametrue, now he has sent word to  Emeka Ihedioha and related the massage of victory which he said was a revelation from God to him.

“Emeka Ihedioha will win the governorship election of Imo state this year, 2019. Because he has honoured this invitation, God will honour him this year, he will rule from the government and with the fear of God, with God all things are possible”, he said.

He continued “we are not interested in your money or to tell you to raise funds for us but you are here because of what God said we should tell you, what he, God, has said about your victory at the polls”. Emeka Ihedioha, however was unavoidable absent and was he was
represented by Kizito Onuoha and Kingsley Nzemechi a lawyer and personal friend of Emeka Ihedioha .

At the church programme held at the True Believers Assembly headquarters, Nnorie in Ngor/Okpala local government area, the crowd was huge, although it was also expected because it was one of the Tuesday’s programme which unprecedented crowd was expected.

The theme was, “Push until something happens” featured deliverance, salvation, healing, breaking of curses and yokes etc with the guest minister pastor Kingsley Nwachukwu from the Eleutheria Ministries, Port Harcourt.

The participants counted their blessings as God touched their problems and many who were sick received their healings.

He advised Ihedioha not to hesitate to remember Ngor/Okpala and ensure that the local government gets a good chunk of dividend of democracy when he assumes the seat of power at the Douglas House in the state.

By SABY ELEMBA, Owerri

Imo Governorship: IHEDIOHA PLANS MASSIVE JOB AND WEALTH CREATION THROUGH INDUSTRIALIZATION OF IMO STATE

Imo Governorship: IHEDIOHA PLANS MASSIVE JOB AND WEALTH CREATION THROUGH INDUSTRIALIZATION OF IMO STATE

By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A

Signs that His Excellency,  Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC has a great vision for an industrialized Imo State were seen when as a national legislator he provided cottage industries in the three zones of Imo State – Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe.

Today, at the verge of becoming the governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has made public his plans for industrialization of Imo State from May 29, 2019.

In the abridged edition of his concise but comprehensive manifesto, he had to following say about industrialization, job and wealth creation.

“(Our government shall on assumption of office embark on) Creation of 135 manufacturing enterprises (that will be) localized in the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs); Empowerment of 15 youths per year from of the 305 wards in the State for specific skills acquisition trainings that will amount to 4,575 entrepreneurs each year; Create an ICT Innovation hub in Owerri to empower Imo youths and products of Imo schools to play in the software and Apps development opportunity space to emerge as strong techpreneurs and active players in the digital economy; Partner with hotels and transportation entrepreneurs to transform Owerri a conferencing, hospitality and entertainment capital of the South East and South South geo-political zones of the country; Creation of Industrial Clusters and Parks in.the three Senatorial zones of the State in partnership with the private sector; Aggressively pursue investment drives within and outside Nigeria to attract industrialists to established in the various Local Government Areas that have comparative and competitive advantage; Launch a four-year N10 billion Imo Employment Trust Fund (IMO-ETF) to give access to entrepreneurial ventures across the three senatorial zones of the State; Pursue opportunities in prospecting for solid minerals available in the State, including lead, calcium carbonate, zinc, and clay  limestone.”

In the months of November and December 2018, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha made two major tours to the United Kingdom and the United States. His mission to meet with the Imo community in those countries.

However, as it turned out he killed more than one bird with one stone. For example, he met with representatives of government of a numver of States in America a well as the officials of their legislature. He obtained concrete assurances of bilateral relationships between their States and Imo State.

Significantly, he held interactive sessions with Imo people, among whom were manufacturers, industrialists and investors. And from the reports of the foreign trip, Ihedioha got tremendous assurances from Ndimo in diaspora that they will involve the  foreign direct investment property of the incoming Ihedioha administration.

He believes in vocational skills acquisition trainings for sustainable empowerment and employment of the people. This he remarkably facilitated and sponsored for thousands of beneficiaries from across the 305 wards of Imo State.

On job and wealth creation, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha facilitated the employment of hundreds of Imo people into the federal civil service. Many of the beneficiaries of his skills acquisition trainings and empowerment progammes are still earning decent livelihood through the skills they acquired.

What all of the foregoing portend is good omen for Imo State with Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor. When he promises industrialization, job and wealth creation, he precisely knows what he is talking about.

Imo people should support him by voting for him on March 2 for the overall benefit of all Imo people.

(c) Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A