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Sir Tony Ejiogu who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, has paid homage to Obube Ancient Kingdom, the historic community where the state’s creation was first decided in 1976 and Owerri declared the capital.
Addressing party supporters at the venue, the APGA flag bearer lamented the level of neglect and underdevelopment that the community has endured from previous and present administrations in the state.
He assured the people that when elected, his administration would accord the community the recognition it deserves, considering its historical symbolism in the creation of the state.
He said: ‘The discussion to create Imo started in this community (Ngwuoma), 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. I thought it wise to come back to Ngwuoma and pay homage to one of the founding fathers of the State and well seek the land’s blessings in my determination to rebuild Imo state for developmental strides.’
Ejiogu said that the present Imo is not what the founding fathers had hoped for, hence his desire to right the wrongs. While calling for a peaceful election exercise, he enjoined them not to relent in coming out en masse to cast their ballot in the November 11 governorship polls.
He added: ‘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 11 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, especially those who have not collected their permanent voters’ cards to do so.
Ejiogu was welcomed to the community by a massive crowd and community leaders from the area, including Chief Samuel Akujiuobi and Chief Ernest Onukogu, who extolled him for paying homage to their late king and recognizing his role in the creation of the state.
The community leaders decried how past and present governments of Imo state had neglected them and commended Tony Ejiogu for being the first political leader to acknowledge the community’s historic significance despite the years of neglect by successive governments.