Accord Party Candidate, Okere’s Chances Brighten, As Ngor Okpalla Adopts Him As Sole Candidate

As preparations for the November, 11, governorship election in Imo State gather momentum, the chances of the Accord Party candidate, Ikenga Johnjude Okere have received a boost as the people of Ngor Okpalla Local Government Area, where he hails from have endorsed him as their sole candidate for the election.

This came to light on Wednesday, during an interactive meeting with critical leaders and stakeholders of the area at Ikenga’s country home in Umuolokochie, in Ihitte Okwe autonomous community.

Addressing the impressive audience at the meeting which was hosted by Concerned Patriots from the area, Sir Emmanuel Okereafor, from Igba Court Area, who anchored the programme called for unity of purposes and collaborative action by all sons and daughters of Ngor Okpalla, irrespective of political party affiliation to ensure Ikenga Okere’s landslide victory at the polls.

Okereafor, who described Ikenga Okere’s political ambition as timely and worth while stated that the era of parochial partisan sentiments are over, hence the focus of all well meaning sons and daughters of Ngor Okpalla should be how to ensure that their worthy and illustrious son who has remained firm and resolute in his determination to be Governor emerges victorious.

He also lamented over the age-long neglect of Ngor Okpalla in the scheme of things, adding that the emergence of Ikenga Okere as the next Governor of Imo State, will put an end to the recurring cry of marginalization and bad governance in the state.

According to him, “equity demands that the current governorship slot must come to Owerri Zone and Ngor Okpala having offered a credible character to fill the position should be supported by all indigenes and others.

“Orlu Zone has taken so much and still wants more. This time is for Owerri Zone and an Ngor Okpala illustrious son is out for it, no going back. Let us make his election an Ngor Okpala project, not a party or personal matter. If we give our massive votes he will win the election, this I know,” Chief Okereafor asserted.

Responding to Chief Okereafor’s motion for adoption of Ikenga Okere as the sole candidate of Ngor Okpala for the coming guber poll, Engr. Chima Ukachukwu, on behalf of the youths supported the initiative and announced the unflinching support of the young folks of the council area.

Also, Engr. Collins Okereke, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Mbaishii Area, on behalf of the his people and the political class endorsed the candidature of Ikenga Okere insisting that this not the time for ‘blind’ party loyalty but a moment to be ‘our brother’s keeper.’

Chief Paul Osuji, an ex-diplomat from Obike Court Area, Mrs Dorothy Ekeh from Onyeaghalanwanneya court Area and Nze Festus Ifeanyi Ekeh from Okwe Courtarea on behalf of titled men, women group and community leaders and their areas respectively, wholly endorsed and adopted the Accord candidate as the sole governorship flagbearer of Ngor Okpala.

The speakers enjoined every person in the area to rise to the occasion to write the name of Ngor Okpala in the history of Imo politics by voting massively for Accord candidate come November 11.

Speaking earlier, candidate of Accord, Ikenga JohnJude Uchenna Okere, thanked the audience for honouring his invitation as well as endorsing his governorship bid and promised to work relentlessly until victory is achieved.

Okere who harped on the need for the infrastructural development of Ngor Okpala and Imo at large stressed that only someone who loves and values the area like himself can turn things around for the better.

“My candidacy in this race has added value to Ngor Okpala and improved our rating in the circle of Imo politics. Other candidates now see an Ngor Okpala man as the only threat to their aspirations. So let us see my ambition as that of Ngor Okpala and ensure we actualize it.

“It is incumbent on us to say here we are and nobody should take us for granted again. Crying every other day about marginalization won’t do us any good. We have to stand up, assert ourselves and be counted.

“It’s for the development of Ngor Okpala and Imo State that we are in this race, not personnel aggrandizement. We are coming with model leadership that will transform our state. We are coming to set a new leadership record in Imo for others to see that Ngor Okpala has the prowess”, he declared.