by Segun Odeleye
Less than a year to the next general elections, politicians are coming out to take positions as regards their next moves. In Imo state where the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, is expected to run for reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he would have a formidable opponent in the person of Emeka Ihedioha, the deputy house speaker, that is if the latter wins the PDP ticket.
During a state-wide consultation visit to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Okwelle, Onuimo Local Government Area of the state last weekend, Ihedioha said that he was going to run for governor and was “motivated to seek the support of our great party for the nomination because I have a track record of service delivery including empowerment programmes, infrastructural development, years of experience and indeed the capacity to give Okorocha a technical knockout.”
Ihedioha said Imo has become impoverished under Gov. Okorocha.
“Rochas has sold everything including Imo Transport Company, Ada Palm, hospitals including mortuaries. The primary purpose of governance is to improve the lives of the people and ensure the security of lives and property,” he said.
Assuring the people that the state would rise again, the deputy speaker said: “I will fix Imo State and restore the pride of our land. I have a sense of decency and coming with sincerity of purpose, honesty and a well articulated work plan which, by the grace of God, if I am elected, will start impacting the state positively within the first three months of our administration.”
Ihedioha stated that ever since he got into the House, he has used his position to attract substantial federal government presence for the benefit of the people and would also continue to use his position, network of friends and the goodwill he had built over the years to continue to attract amenities to the state.
Ihedioha promised that the ongoing rehabilitation of Owerri-Okigwe Road, which he solely facilitated at the cost of N300 million and implemented by Federal Road Management Agency (FERMA) would impact the area positively.
He also announced that contract for construction of the second phase of the Isinweke-Onicha Uboma-Imo River Road in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, was being awarded in an effort to encourage rice farmers and boost the economy of the state
Ihedioha enjoined the people to continue to keep faith with the party as the only vehicle for good governance and dividends of democracy.