By Ambrose Njoku
Against the backdrop of political bickering, in-fighting amongst members of different political parties within the rank and file, loyalty in service delivery, commitment to sincere and unshaken pursuit to realize the vision of a vision bearer remain the key indices for a solid foundation for higher and better reward now and in the future, Sir Ejiogu has said. All Progressives Ground Alliance (APGA) candidate in the November 11th gubernatorial election in Imo, Sir Tony Ejiogu stated this in a thanksgiving / reception ceremony organized in his honour at the popular Obilimba Palace, Uratta, in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State by Bar. Canice Manukaji (Obilimba).Bar. Manukaji who was the APGA Imo House of Assembly candidate in the last general election thereafter stood by his party in firm support for his party’s gubernatorial candidate during the campaigns. According to him, it is an uncommon experience to have a rare breed in the mould of Bar. Manukaji to have so selflessly been up and doing, thinking even outside the box in full dedication and guided focus to inject vibrancy in the entire political campaign process that there was nothing left to be required in the campaign effort. In his absence, he said, he found Bar. Manukaji leaving no gap in any manner of initiative to keep the campaign machinery flowing in tandem with his heart beat. Sir Ejiogu said to Bar. Manukaji before his people, “You have shown me you are a quintessential gentle man… You are a very humble gentleman… To Uratta people, your son is simply ‘not to be compared to any other’. His loyalty is unbeatable. He can take a bullet for some one. Since my return to Nigeria, I have not seen anybody like Obilimba … On Saturday we will have the election. No matter how it goes, we have had an inseparable bond and understanding. I will show you that we are not joking. What God has written is written… God has a hand in how I emerge” as APGA candidate, he stressed. He explained why he is in the race for Douglas House. According to him, he remains a quality candidate based on: character, capacity, pedigree, competence in terms of education, exposure, understanding to do the job, youth (age advantage). “In all considerations, I am the best of the candidates,” he declared. Sir Ejiogu said, if elected into power there are a lot of things to do to better the state. As the highest voting bloc in Owerri North L.G.A, he appealed to the Uratta electorate, nay! Owerri North, to give him support in order to win. Once again, he assured of running a transparent, accountable and responsive administration, empower the people as well as stop the prevailing evils ongoing in the State by setting up a team that will touch lives, better humanity and speak for the voiceless in society. He therefore urged his APGA party men to work collectively to ensure victory and essentially, shun anti-party activities capable of bringing the party down. Earlier, the Deputy Governorship candidate, Sir Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpa Asaa) had described APGA as having its strong hold in the South East especially in Imo. He described Obilimba as an Uratta son who knows the way urging the people to follow him as well as Sir Ejiogu, a true son of Owerri North. Similarly on his part, the party Chairman, Hon. Chief John Iwuala described the prevailing times as very special indeed, especially in Imo, because, as he put it, the entire state has accepted APGA gubernatorial candidate as the Imo electorate from the three zones will elect him their Governor come 11th November, 2023, he concluded.