Former Secretary to Government of Imo State, Sir Jude Ejiogu has said he decided to join the Imo governorship race because he is out to win the contest and not to play
“I have the requisite experience and properly fortified to continue from where the present Governor stopped. No doubt, Okorocha has done well but I will do the best as Governor. If previous governments did half of what the present administration has done, I am sure, Imo would have developed beyond what it is today. I am out to win and not to play”. Ejiogu told the State Working Committee of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State at his country home, Umuakuru Emekuku in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.
According to him, the local government system would be properly functional under his watch as Governor, adding that people should see political parties as partners rather than vehicles.
Sir Ejiogu while describing himself as a wealth creator further asserted that instead of over five oil drilling companies operating horizontally in the state to continue with little or no meaningful contribution to the society, his administration would do everything possible to ensure they show presence in the state, pointing out that through that, Imo youths would be engaged properly.
He said that since the state produces highest number of graduates in tertiary institutions every year, there was need to create the enabling environment geared towards creating job opportunities for them, describing it as the only way to mitigate social vices.
Ejiogu stated “Imo State has what it takes to stand as a viable entity where employment would be seen as a right and not a privilege. Only Oguta lake alone could generate over 5000 jobs if properly utilized”,
He assured that he would go extra mile in his quest to position the state on the map of most viable economy in the country, maintaining that the magic could be realized in few years of his administration.
He therefore appealed to members of the ruling party to see the need to rally round a credible candidate that would ensure easy victory for the party in the general election, rather than be carried away by physical inducement which according to him, is capable of jeopardizing the success of the party during election.
In his remarks, the Imo state Chairman of APC, Dr. Hilary Ekeh commended Sir Ejiogu for his maturity so far, assuring him that the party would do everything within the ambit of party constitution in deciding who flys her flag in the 2019 Governorship poll.
He therefore promised that APC under his leadership would ensure a level playing ground for all her Governorship aspirants, disclosing that on no account would the party allow the interest of one aspirant to dominate the ambition of others, saying that every action of the party must be based on its constitution.
Adding their voices, the state Vice Chairman, Hon. Ugochukwu Nzekwe, state Publicity Secretary, Engr. Nwabueze Oguchienti, Okigwe Zonal Chairman, Hon. Ifeanyi Onwuenyiagba, state Youth Leader, Hon. Bartholomew Akabueze, Chief Ideato C. Ideato, state woman Leader, Mrs. Theresa Ohunuba, Mrs. Angela Orji and Barr Ogbanna Amadi unanimously applauded the former SSG for his matured disposition, describing it as a true reflection of an organized leader, while assuring him of a level playing ground during party primary.