By Ebube Mbah
The Peoples ’s Democratic Party, Imo State Wednesday, 5th January 2022 held an all-important Business Stakeholders meeting.
The meeting which had in attendance, all critical stakeholders of the party across the state, held at its state Secretariat, Owerri. It provided an opportunity for the Engr Charles Ugwu led State Execetive Committee to render stewardship and take stock of its activities for the year ended – 2021.
The State Chairman of the party, Engr. Charles Ugwu, in his address, highlighted the achievements, prospects and challenges of the party. He used to opportunity to render the financial account of the year ended.
Party leaders in their various speeches hailed the hard-work, innovations, transparency and commitment of the Engr. Ugwu led executive. They didn’t stop there. The leadership provided by the leader of the party in the State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, was profusely acknowledged and appreciated as a major stabilizing factor of the party.
The National Secretary of the party, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (represented), commended the party executives and leaders across the state and reassured of his commitment in making sure that PDP returns to Douglas House to actualize the Rescue and Rebuilding of Imo State and Nigeria at large.
In his speech, which was intermittently interrupted with applause and ovations, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, while charging party faithful on the need to break new grounds, stated that as at today, PDP is the most viable political party in Imo State, even out of government. He maintained that the goodwill and acceptance the party enjoys today is undoubtedly attributed to the numerous achievements recorded within the six months administration of the PDP led Rebuild Imo administration.
“When I became Governor, we promised Imo people LGA autonomy and we did it, we ensured prompt payment of salaries and pensions, we revived agriculture in the state, our IGR recorded a major boost, we improved the rating of Imo State in terms of Ease-of-doing-business and corruption index, there was massive construction of roads across the state, the LG administration was working again, likewise every other institution in the state. We did all these things and more within a short period of time and we would have done many more by now. It is however, unfortunate that these things milestones have been halted and abandoned in the state today. My assurance is that we shall bounce back”, Ihedioha stated.
He charged party leaders across the state to continue to consolidate and oil the structures of the party, especially the chapter level, and ensure smooth running of the ongoing party E-registration in their area
Hon. Ihedioha reassured that the party will resist any attempt to change or substitute the name(s) of anybody who wins primary election. He tasked aspirants on the need to market themselves to the party and win their confidence ahead of the primaries.
The high point of the gathering was the mobilization of funds for capital projects and other activities of the party. This aspect was anchored and moderated by His Excellency,
Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to the admiration of party stakeholders and about a N100million was realized even as the party is still receiving more donations.
Another high point of the event was the unveiling of the digital register for the Chapter level of the party.
What observers found very heartwarming was the fact that most of the people that made donations are not known to be vying for any position. Also most of the donors did so without being called upon to do so.
It therefore connotes the fact that it is symbolic of the confidence reposed on the party and importantly on the leadership provided by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON.