Ahead of the inauguration of a new PDP government, led by Rt. Hon Chief Emeka Ihedioha, on May 29, 2019, a coalition of patriotic Imo citizens from all walks of life, under the aegis of “Committee of Imo Patriots”, has scheduled to hold a one day symposium/political roundtable talks on how to rebuild and move the state forward.
It cannot be remembered last, such talks were held by Imo elders, traditional leaders, political elites or the academia as well as Imo leaders of thought.Such political brainstorming sessions were lacking in the last eight years, perhaps the reason the outgoing administration assumed there were no men in Imo for such confab.
A statement from the steering committee of the group revealed that the symposium slated to take place on April 6, at the Villa Garden Hotel, New Owerri, will has as its theme “Imo after Okorocha; challenges for the incoming regime”. It will be held under the Chairmanship of Chief Dan Nwanyanwu (MNI, OFR), who is the National Chairman of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
According to the release to that effect, the former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives and Governor-Elect for Imo state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, shall be a Special Guest of Honour with a cross section of political elites, academia, technocrats and media executives in attendance.
Among speakers invited to the parley “let us discuss Imo” are; renowned scholar and legal luminary, Professor Osy Ezechukwunyere Nwebo, Professor of Public and Corporative Law, Dr Nick Oparandudu; former SSG; Barr. Chris Okewulonu Barr. Willie Amadi; Federal Commission Public Complaints Commission, Prince Bob Njemanze, Chief Chris Asoluka (Ph.D), Rt. Hon. Tony Nwulu; the UPP guber candidate and Dr Linus Okorie; the YPP guber candidate 2019.
Other speakers include, Chief T.O.E Ekechi; former Information and Strategy Commissioner and Publisher Comrade Precious Nwadike; UPP Senatorial candidate, 2019 and Publisher of the Community Watchdog Newspaper, Barr. (Mrs) Lizzy Nwokeocha, Dr. Best Njoku, Dr Katchi Ononuju, Chief Brady Nwosu.