Former Imo State governor, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has assured that he will resolve the raging confusions and disagreements in the state when he wins the governorship election in 2019.
Ohakim made this declaration on Friday in Owerri as he declared to run for the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) amidst mammoth crowd of supporters.
The crowd numbering over 5,000 people expressed happiness that Ohakim has answered their call to avail himself for the governorship election, saying that they are solidly behind him.
The traders in the state had announced in the radio that their shops would be shut for business and they trooped out end mass to show their support to Ohakim.
In his address at the ceremony, which witnessed top party chieftains, the former governor, who is seeking only one term in office reiterated his faith in God and the people, saying: “I had in all my years (2007- 2011) as the Governor in Imo state consistently punctuated all my addresses to our people with my firm belief that ‘Imo is in the hands of God'”.
He added: “Today, I still retain my unflinching faith in God and do assert that there is the finger of God in the affairs of men; that there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3 : 1); that there is a time to ‘enter into your chambers, shut your doors and hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past ‘(Isaiah 26:20); and that ‘weeping may endure for a night, but the joy cometh in the morning ‘(Psalms 30:5)”.
The former governor pledged to resolve the lingering issues in the state, including lands and public assets forcefully acquired by the government and officials of government.
He said he would return the Ekeukwu Market demolished by Governor Okorocha no matter what has been built there. He added that he would change the university built in Ogboko in Idea to South-South LGA with state money to Orlu Campus of the Imo State University (IMSU), even as he said that he would resolve the arrears of pensions and salaries of civil servants and pensioners.
He called on the people to rise and build the state, stressing that this is the morning for Imo people as the ” cock is crowing” and “Joy is come”. He assured that “the Hand of God is again upon us”.
According to him, he will defend the party with the last drop of his blood, noting that APGA is the home of Igbo people.
Declaring his intention to run for the governorship, Ohakim said: “Today, I elect to accept the numerous invitations and requests from our people based on rational calculations, that my return to the leadership of our state would in no small way settle the confusions and disagreements that has become our leadership conundrum.
“I have, doubtlessly the information, knowledge, records and experience, to track the problems of our state in the last seven years of famine and wastage, as they affect our public service, our various Institutions and public infrastructure, our markets, our environment, our workers, our pensioners, our teachers, our artisans, our traders, our local contractors, our keke operators, our unemployed youths and our economy in general.”
He also pledged to work with all those who have been in the party and laboured to see the party grow, saying he has decided “to work openly with my patriotic brothers and sisters already in (APGA)” even as he further pledged, “to appreciate and recognise the efforts you have already put in building this great party. I shall work with you and the entire people of Imo to recover and rebuild Imo State, build Igboland and build Nigeria”.
He expressed his conviction “that the best interests of Ndi Imo and Ndigbo in general is best encapsulated in the vision and mission of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), a party founded and built around our late Hero and Leader – Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, an icon of Igbo nationalism and emancipation.
“I am also sure that this platform would be the perfect one for steering our participation in the current national discourse for restructuring Nigeria.”
Ohakim called on “everyone in our state, our neighbours, well-wishers in Nigeria to join in my declaring for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as I present myself once more for your service”.