Ihedioha urged to join the 2015 governorship race

THE deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has been urged to join the governorship race in response to the sentiments that the next governor should emerge from the Owerri zone.
At the weekend, stakeholders and prominent politicians of Mbaise Constituency unanimously said that Ihedioha has the profile and pedigree to win the governorship race.
The delegation of politicians, professionals and community leaders included Dr. Gerald Ukoha, former member of the House of Representatives, Chudi Uwazurike, representing Okigwe South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Ngozi Pat-Ekeji, representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency and Minority Leader in Imo State House of Assembly Obioma Ekennia, among others.
Spokesman of the group, Dr. Joe Ndu, a former Commissioner in the National Population Commission (NPC), said that they were making the call because Ihedioha has shown in the last couple of years that he could affect the lives of the people.
He listed efforts made by the deputy speaker to ensure that democracy dividends got to the grassroots to include the rehabilitation of 14 primary and secondary school blocks within Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala, facilitating the process for the construction of N1billion jetty at Imo River Owerrinta/Okpala, Imo/Abia state border, award of scholarships and several youth empowerment projects.
In his response, Ihedioha assured of his commitment to the nation and Imo in particular, and commended the stakeholders for the confidence reposed on him. While pointing out that there is no point in distracting the incumbent administration in the state, he added that he was humbled and moved by the show of solidarity.