The Mbaise nation of Imo State has called on the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to throw his hat in the race for governorship in 2015 without further delay.
At a solidarity visit to the Deputy Speaker at his country home –Mbutu, in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area which was attended by prominent politicians of Mbaise extraction, the Mbaise nation in a position paper insisted that Ihedioha with a towering profile and enviable pedigree is the best material among other contenders for the Imo State number one office to move the state forward.
The Mbaise nation comprises Aboh, Ahiazu, and Ezinihitte LGAs and the high profile delegation consisted of prominent politicians, professionals and community leaders of Mbaise extraction such as Dr. Gerald Ukoha, former member of the House of Representatives and former chairman of Ezinihitte LGA; Hon. Chudi Uwazurike, representing Okigwe South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives; Hon. Ngozi Pat-Ekeji, representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency and Minority Leader in Imo State House of Assembly; Hon. Obioma Ekennia, representing Ezinihitte in Imo State House of Assembly, Dr. Paddy Njoku, Chairman, Governing Board of NECO, among others.
A former Commissioner in the National Population Commission (NPC) , Dr. Joe Ndu, who spoke the minds of the people , said that as a governor, Ihedioha would provide a change in the style of leadership which would be well focused and characterised by a distinctive sense of purpose and direction.
“He will provide a government that will demonstrate a noticeable ability to halt and reverse the unemployment rate and increasing pauperisation of the state and will immediately restore the security of life and property in the state and protect the safety of the state itself which have been put in serious danger,” he said.
Enumerating more reasons why the people want Ihedioha to succeed Okorocha in the next two years, Ndu recalled that he (Ihedioha) between 2007-2007 raised his personal fund to rehabilitate 14 primary and secondary school blocks within Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala just as he initiated and facilitated the process for the construction of N1billion jetty at Imo River Owerrinta/Okpala, Imo/Abia state border.
Ndu equally mentioned the construction of a 133 x33 KVA sub station located between Nguru and Ibeku facilitated by Ihedioha and which, according to him, had so far attracted over N22 billion of the Federal Government.
“It is also important to let this August audience to know that the sub-station will satisfy the electricity power needs of Mbaise and their immediate neighbours,” he said, adding that he (Ihedioha) had facilitated the construction of concillary injection sub-station at Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise, Ahiara Junction, in Ahiazu Mbaise. Onicha in Ezinihitte Mbaise as well as in Ngor Okpala”.