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Tony Ejiogu, vying for the 2023 Imo governorship under the banner of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), received a strong vote of confidence as the Obube Ancient Kingdom in Owerri North Council Area formally endorsed him on Friday.
The decision by community stakeholders was solidified during Tony Ejiogu’s visit to Obube Ancient Kingdom in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Chief Samuel Akujiuobi and Chief Ernest Onukogu, in their speeches at the event, hailed Ejiogu’s decision as a significant step towards paying respects to the state’s founding visionaries.
Both present and former governments drew criticism for their lack of attention to the community’s developmental requirements, leaving them discontented.
According to Akujiobi, he said: ‘Sir Tony Ejiogu is an exceptional leader, we are praying for him to succeed because he means well for our people, we need a progressive-minded leader, who would create an enabling environment for business to thrive and for the state to prosper.’
‘He thanked the people for their support and endorsement, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA governorship flag bearer decried the level of neglect and underdevelopment that the community has endured from previous and present administrations in the state.’
‘When elected, his administration would accord the community the recognition it deserves, considering its historical symbolism in the creation of the State. The discussion to create Imo started in this community (Ngwoma), the late traditional ruler, Eze A.I Onukogu was the Chairman of that Committee, he played a vital role in the creation of the state.’
Responding, the 2023 Imo APGA governorship candidate, Tony Ejiogu, said: ‘I thought it wise to come back to Ngwoma and pay homage to one of the founding fathers of the State and as well seek the land’s blessings in my determination to rebuild Imo state for developmental strides. The present Imo is not what the founding fathers had hoped for, hence his desire to right the wrongs.’
While urging for a peaceful electoral exercise, he urged them not to back down in coming out en masse to cast their ballot in the November 11 governorship polls. ‘There’s a wind of change blowing across this nation. Our people are desirous to sign a new social contract, hence everybody should be bold enough to come out on November 11th to vote and secure their votes.’
‘I equally call on our security agencies to ensure the safety of all, we want to bring about good governance. The APGA candidate also appealed to people of the state, especially those who have not collected their permanent voters’ cards to do so.’