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The First Lady of Ondo State and Ada Owere 1, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has picked the Expression of Interest and the Nomination Forms to contest Imo East Senatorial Seat, under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, Party (APC).
The Eastern Updates recalls that she had declared her interest to represent Imo East Senatorial District (Owerri zone) in the Senate in 2023 two weeks ago.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who is fondly called Ada Owerri, which is her traditional chieftaincy title, made the declaration, in April while addressing members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Imo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Owerri.
According to her, her aspiration to represent his pre-marital zone in the Senate was gingered by the need to address the gross under-development and infrastructural deficit in her maiden home of Emeabiam in Owerri West local council and the other eight local councils that make up the zone.
She decried that successive administrations had neglected the zone, commending the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for approving the construction of a five-kilometre road in her area.
Her words: ‘I am running for Senate to represent Imo East Senatorial Zone. There is nothing wrong in that other than to change the narratives of power in the zone.
‘I will go there to make sure that life is made easier. Owerri people have acknowledged my importance. When it comes to infrastructural facilities, I am reaching out to everyone. I am a daughter from Owerri that is coming back to fix the community. I have structure in Imo.’
When asked how she arrived at the choice of a political party, Anyanwu-Akeredolu said: ‘I am the wife of an All Progressives Congress (APC) sitting governor. Where else will I be? APC is the party. If you want to be a good party person, whatever your party arrives at, you have to abide by it,’ she added.
She stressed that since her 40 years of marriage (since 1980) in Ondo State, she has ensured good relationship between Imo and Ondo states via constant visits to Imo State every December and other festive periods except when she undertook a two-year study abroad.