By Willy Momnang
Chief Henry Igelle Onwe, an aspirant for the vacant Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency seat has unveiled Coordinators for the twenty-four wards of the constituency.
Chief Onwe in line with his aspiration at the weekend inaugurated the twenty-four coordinators with each representing each of the wards in Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas.
Addressing the Coordinators along with stakeholders, the business mogul charged them to take their responsibility seriously and also be mindful not to stray outside the tenets of the APC and democratic principles.
“…let me charge you to take this business seriously, carefully and within the tenets of our party, APC and democratic principles.”
Chief One stated that his aspiration is premised on his vision to change the style of representation which has long been depriving the constituents of the area benefits of democracy, emphasizing that he will ensure that constituency votes are prudently spent to uplift the people which it is meant for.
He said in 1998 when erstwhile Governor, Mr. Donald Duke began his consultation to rule the State many people thought it was a joke but Duke and few of his supporters came and brought the change which transformed the State assuring that he has all it takes to run for the election and win.
“I started active politics in 1998 and in 1999 I became the first Chapter Secretary of PDP in Yala and I have been following, in 2007 I became the first Caucus Secretary of PDP in Yala Local Government Area and I have strictly been following. In the past two months, we have been consulting with party leaders and stakeholders across the twenty four wards of the Constituency and the response we have received is what really encouraged us to announce our intention to run for the office of House Representatives.
“Some of us have put in so much and have benefited very little. It is because of the choice of the people we make who go into office and want to acquire the whole wealth in the world, choice of people with total selfishness but the time has changed. We have a young, vibrant person in me who wants to go into the National Assembly and create jobs and employment for our people. The people of Ogoja and Yala are predominantly farmers, we will supply them with high yield farm inputs.”
Chief Onwe stressed that it is the duty of a Reps member to apply funds meant for constituency projects in his constituency and when elected he will ensure that funds are strictly applied to his constituency.
He thanked Senator Ben Ayade for operating a youth friendly administration and assured that he will walk the footsteps of the Governor.
The philanthropist added that the Governor who is the leader of the party shall provide guidance on who will become the flag bearer of the party and advised all aspirants to respect the decision of the leadership of the party when the time comes as everyone will be carried along during the election and after the victory.
Also speaking, a stakeholder of the Party from Wanehim ward, Mr. jacob Onawo eulogised Onwe, saying he is and obedient and faithful son of Ukelle who has always been interested in the affairs of the ordinary people and supportive of the progressive ideas not only the sons and daughters of Ukelle but Yala Local Government generally.
He opined that, Yala 2 constituency deserves to be supported to have the party’s ticket and to win at the general election because it has not had the opportunity to represent the constituency which he sentimentality said Yala 1 has severally done.
The Coordinators were handed campaign materials including billboards, posters, banners, face caps and handbills for spread in all parts of the constituency.
The seat was recently made vacant following Sen. Jarigbe Agom victory over the former Senator Stephen Odey.
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