Stakeholders of Izombe community, in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State have adopted the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as their consensus candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Imo State.
Leaders of the community announced their decision to endorse the Ihedioha/Irona ticket during a solidarity visit to the PDP Deputy Governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona in his Oguta residence on Saturday.
Speaking during the visit, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Izombe Ward, Wisdom Obiawuchi described the Ihedioha/Irona joint ticket as the best for the state in 2019, assuring him of victory for the PDP in the area.
According to him, “the people of Izombe community decided to visit you to announce our resolve to support the PDP in the 2019 general elections, particularly, the governorship position. We are excited at your emergence as Deputy Governorship candidate of the Party and because we trust you, and for your sake, Izombe shall support and deliver PDP in 2019. Go and tell Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha that Izombe is PDP and we shall deliver PDP in Izombe, come 2019.”
He also used the occasion to thank Hon. Irona for “choosing one of our best as Adviser on Communication and Strategy,” expressing confidence that Izombe shall benefit immensely from a PDP-led government in 2019.
Adding his voice, a community leader in Izombe and member of the delegation, Chief Livy Obioha further pledged the commitment of Izombe community to the Ihedioha/Irona project. He expressed his readiness to join in mobilizing people of the area to vote massively for the PDP in 2019.
Also speaking, Chief Marcus Ekwueme (Eze-elect) described Irona as a dependable leader, whose track records speak volumes of his person.
In their respective contributions, Christopher Ukwuegbu and Gladys Duru poured encomiums on Rt. Hon. Irona, assuring him that the PDP will win overwhelmingly in Izombe in 2019.
They however spoke on the need to protect their votes, in order to ensure that they really count.
In his response, Hon. Irona expressed gratitude to the people of Izombe for the kind gesture, promising not to disappoint them.
He went down memory lane, describing people of Izombe as long time political allies, known for their consistency and insistence on the right things.
“We conducted the most transparent primaries in Nigeria. If you check, other political parties are still fighting, while PDP is in peace. Following the emergence of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as Gubernatorial candidate, it was agreed that Orlu zone gets the Deputy Governorship slot, while Okigwe zone produces the next Speaker of the State Assembly. The Deputy Governorship slot does not belong to Irona. It is for Imo State at large and for Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal constituency in particular. It is your project and the surest way to show that it belongs to you is to support the PDP in all the five positions, from the Presidency, to the gubernatorial, to the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly. We need to send this inept APC administration packing. I know Izombe people. One very significant thing is that you volunteered to come on this visit. I pray that God will grant us victory and when that happens, I will call you in a special way and we shall be involved in the business of governing Imo State. I promise not to disappoint you.”
He challenged them to do their best to deliver the party (PDP) in the area.
Those that received the Izombe delegation with Hon. Irona were: a son of Izombe and Communication Adviser to Rt. Hon. Irona, Dr. Walter Duru, former State Secretary of the PDP, Barr. Damian Ezeagu, Imo State Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, R.O. Udensi Esq among others.