By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
The governorship candidate of the Imo state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha, has been endorsed as a consensus candidate for Imo East Senatorial district by some former governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the state.
Vanguard gathered Monday in Owerri that the endorsement which took place at the All Saint Anglican Church, Egbu in Owerri North local government area, witnessed a mammoth crowd.
At the event, the former APGA, guber aspirants were, a former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Onyegucha and the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of ABC transport company Mr. Frank Nneji among others.
Speaking on behalf of others, Onyegucha, argued that Owerri zone has remained the only senatorial zone that has not produced governor in the state.
He described Ihedioha as a “brand” boosting that Ihedioha has the capacity, trust and political outreach if compared with others in the race.
According to Onyegucha, “No doubt, Owerri zone has an array of qualified candidates but Ihedioha remains Owerri zone’s best brand for the 2019 Imo governorship. The zone’s quest for governorship next year is non negotiable. Imo needs a focused man with defined blue print for governance to repair the battered state of affairs in Imo.
“We are calling on other candidates from the zone irrespective of political party affiliation, to align with Ihedioha to ensure the governorship comes to Owerri zone.
“It is only Owerri zone that is yet to produce a Governor since the return of democracy in 1999” He maintained that equity demands that the zone be supported by others to produce the next governor of Imo State.
“The zone cannot afford to experiment with 2019 governorship ,positing that the struggle demands personal sacrifices especially from other political parties candidates.”
Responding, Ihedioha promised that he would not discriminate by the time he becomes the governor of the state. He said he was coming to be the governor of the state, to end what he described as sufferings of Imo people.
He said: “In 81days when the election must have been concluded, the suffering of the Imo people will automatically end, adding that “he will not segregate or discriminate against anybody.
“We must adopt dialogue and persuasion to get it right. I have prepared myself for the task ahead but I need your support. I promise that I will never bring shame to you, my beloved people. What I want to tell you is that we are determined to restore the lost glory of the state and all all hands must be on deck to actualize this.”