The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded plans to take over power in Imo State come 2015.
Speaking at a reception in Owerri, the Imo State capital, organised for him by the Progressive Association of Nigerians in Diaspora in conjunction with the International Institute of Leadership and Governance, USA and International Development Institute (IDI) Washington DC, USA, the deputy speaker reiterated that PDP in no distant future would unfailingly take over power from the incumbent in the state.
Ihedioha, who maintained that he would soon make his political ambition public, urged the people to keep faith with the party for quality representation in the state, adding that in no distant future “our party, the PDP would take over power in Imo State.”
He pledged to continue to serve the state, country and his constituency in whatever capacity he found himself, adding that sooner than later “we shall gather together and talk to ourselves where the crème la creme of the state would assembled to discuss the future of the state.”
Ihedioha thanked the organisers of the programme for finding him worthy for such reception.
Earlier in his remark, the chairman of the occasion and former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Prof. George Obiozor, described the deputy speaker as a man of honour and peacemaker.
He said despite the controversial nature of his political office, he had never allowed himself to be enmeshed in controversy.
“He is in a profession that is controversial but he is a peacemaker and whenever he sees problem, he likes to resolve it. We are very proud of Emeka Ihedioha , he is very humble, courageous politician," he said.
According to him, “the deputy speaker has so far built a great national reputation for himself as a bridge builder, exceptional national character, he is an exceptional politician, who has done the Igboland and Nigeria proud.”
The coordinator of the programme, Dr. Charles Nzeaku, said the organisation had taken an extra-ordinary interest of the legislative proceedings in the National Assembly, and saw how the House had elucidated the separation of power since inception.
“This could not have being possible without the cordial relationship existing between Ihedioha and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal," he said.
He described Ihedioha as a dynamic legislator, “who thinks outside the box with humility and courage.
“He deserves more encouragement to serve the people better.”
Speaking also, the Chairman, Goodluck Support Group, USA, Joe Madu, said the organisation believes in good governance, and had seen Ihedioha as a good contributor of infrastructural development in the country, adding that the new frontier needs strategic, fearless leaders like Ihedioha in Nigeria and in Africa generally.
In his citation, the former Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Paul Unumajuru, described the deputy speaker, a product of the University of Lagos and as a man of the people, who had left in the sand of time solid footprints.
“He was not a dossier legislator or ‘sidon look’, he helped to domesticate the foreign laws in maritime industry, helped to reduce insecurity caused by pirates in the industry,” he pointed out.
This step, he said, was unprecedented in the anal of legislation in the country, adding that his emergency in the House as deputy speaker had continued to provide a leadership that is uncommon in the country.
Guests present at the occasion included former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Prof. Jude Njoku, among others.