As the race for the Imo State Government House come 2015 continues to gather momentum, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has vowed to dislodge Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Ihedioha stated this during his state-wide consultation visit to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Okwelle, Onuimo Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.
Addressing the leaders, officers and stakeholders of the party, Ihedioha said: â€œI have come to meet face to face with you and interact on the way forward for our party and our dear state in general. I am 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.â€
While lamenting the level of decay in the state, the deputy speaker said: â€œRochas has sold everything including Imo Transport Company, Ada Palm, hospitals including mortuaries,â€ noting that, â€œthe primary purpose of governance is to improve the lives of the people and ensure the security of lives and property.â€
He regretted that the APC-led administration had rather impoverished the state instead of alleviating their suffering.
Assuring the people that the state would rise again, the deputy speaker said: â€œI will fix Imo State and restore the pride of our land. I have a sense 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.â€
He added that having used his position to attract substantial federal government presence for the benefit of the people, he 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.
Earlier in his speech, the host and leader of the PDP in the local government, Hon. Maxwell Duru, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, while welcoming the deputy speaker, described him as an honest and humble politician who has interest in the service of the people.
He urged the deputy speaker to continue to be a good ambassador and assured him of their prayers and unalloyed support for the party.
Ihedioha was accompanied to the area by leaders of the party, aides and political associates from the 27 local governments in the state.