*Oyiga, Ibejiako, Ugoji, Nzimako Declare Support For Senator#
The rampaging moves of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume in Imo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC has hit Owerri Federal Constitunecy nay Owerri zone as a groundswell of APC political leaders in the zone have switched their allegiance to the senator’s governorship bid in 2019 in clear rejection of Governor Rochas Okorocha plan to install his choice successor.
Top politicians in the zone converged in Owerri Friday to drum support for the senator’s governorship bid.
Led by former mayor of Owerri, Gisbon Achonwa Njemanze (Oyiga), others who visibly demonstrated their support for the senator at the meeting include former Deputy Governorship hopeful, Bethel Nzimako, former JAMB Board member, Amugo Ugoji, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ernest Ibejiako, former Owerri West Transition Chairman, Prince Arnold Ogaram and a host of other political heavyweights.
The meeting which signpost Araraume’s fierce entry into Owerri zone APC marks a clear indication that not all political players in the zone strongly support the call for an Owerri zone governor in 2019 but rather one who has the nerve to unseat Rochas.
The reasoning among key leaders of the party is that at the moment Owerri zone has not put its house in order and should therefore back Araraume from Okigwe zone on the grounds that he appears formidable in ejecting Okorocha out of office in 2019.
Convener of the meeting and leader in Araraume’s Destiny Organization in Owerri Federal Constituency, Chief Gibson Achonwa Njemanze (Oyiga) said Senator Araraume possess what it takes to take the battle to Okorocha, urging them to work for the success and progress of the senator in realizing his ambition by being steadfast in carrying out responsibilities assigned to them.
He urged them not to be despaired, adding that a journey of thousand miles begins with a step. Oyiga stated that those who believe in the cause of Araraume should join hands to work together and make sacrifices to join ensure in the long run victory is assured.
In his remarks, former JAMB Board member and Chairman, Destiny Organization in Owerri zone, Amugo Ugoji said Araraume is the only one that posses the ability to dislodge Okorocha and liberate Imo State from the bad governance in the State.
The former PDP member, who recently joined the APC, said there is need for all to close ranks and collectively work for the success of the senator who has shown the capacity to lead.
Former Deputy Governorship candidate under the defunct ACN, Bethel Nzimako also called for commitment from all members of the group to support the cause of the senator. He said Owerri zone has merely relied on complains and lamentations about its marginalization in the scheme of things of the state, stating that such approach cannot fetch them the governorship.
Former Executive Chairman of Owerri West, Hon. Evans Anaele expressed regret over the Okorocha administration lamenting how Owerri people gave him all the support when he mounted the saddle of governance. He recalled how Owerri people gave three special gifts to the governor to demonstrate their support for him, but in the end, he has chosen to play god. He urged Owerri people to support Araraume as he has the resources and political influence to match Rochas in 2019.
Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ernest Ibejiako said the time has come for the senator to succeed in his latest political mission, describing him as one capable of taking over the mantle of leadership of the state. He urged Araraume followers to remain steadfast and do all they were assigned to them.