The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Imo State, has dismissed claims by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume that he is the governorship flag bearer of the party in the state, even as some of the governorship aspirants in the state, including Senator Chris Anyanwu and Chief Chuka Odom, have accepted the outcome of the party primaries in good fate.
A statement jointly signed by the state Chairman and Secretary of the party, Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie and Sir George Eguh, the party made it very clear that the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, was the party’s governorship candidate of the party in Imo State.
The party also disclosed that the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party had already forwarded the name of Chief Ihedioha to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
While stating that there were no plans to replace Ihedioha’s name, the PDP chieftains equally advised party loyalists to resist the temptation of being confused into buying into Senator Araraume’s claims.
Meanwhile, some of the governorship aspirants in the state, including Senator Chris Anyanwu and Chief Chuka Odom, have accepted the outcome of the party primary in good fate.
In the words of Senator Anyanwu: “Though saddening that, for obvious reason, the just concluded PDP governorship primary, we have decided to move on with life. Be assured that all hope is not lost because power and mercy belong to Almighty God. Never have we given up because we are on course with history”.
In a similar vein, Chief Odom has not only congratulated Chief Ihedioha on his success at the governorship primary but also directed all his supporters to give the PDP candidate their unflinching support.
In another development, Chief Ihedioha, has urged the people of the state to demand to know how the state resources have been utilized.
Ihedioha, who spoke in his New Year message to the citizens, said “as we celebrate, we are summoned to seek answers to how we are governed, how our resources are being utilized, the gap between promise and fulfillment and indeed, the distance between our dreams and the reality of our existence. I have come to the firm conviction that with focused planning and a judicious deployment of the financial, human and material resources of the state, Imo will rise again from the ashes of contrived deceit that has mortgaged the future of our unborn children, as the present administration is doing”.
While guaranteeing qualitative free education, creation of jobs and empowering youths and women, Chief Ihedioha, also promised that “we can provide technical education that will turn our pun ones into entrepreneurs instead being chronic job seekers. We can provide reliable potable water instead of propaganda taps and we can indeed, make the investment climate conducive enough for enterprising compatriots, instead of scaring away the brightest and the best because of our sense of insecurity.”