Owerri Zone and the Tony Nwulu Factor

 
Sun Aug 12th, 2018 - Imo
 

Tony Nwulu

Owerri Zone has been very busy with the agitation of marginalization in the governorship equation of Imo State. Owerri people in recent times have alleged that they have been shortchanged and that it is their turn now to produce the governor of the state in 2019.

This agitation from the Zone is not new in Imo, but the strategy has remained the same. Despite the unchanging strategy, Owerri Zone has not been able to identify the right channel or route to their Eldorado, while some political stakeholders from the Zone believe that if all roads lead to the same place, then they should have more cause to worry.

It is unfortunate that despite their large size (9 local governments) and strategic position, Owerri Zone has remained weighed down by disunity, blackmail, backstabbing and the pull-him-down syndrome. This school of thought also bemoaned that traits like these among brothers do not enhance their welfare but diminish their collective efforts to a common goal, because they quickly build fear and distrust instead of enhancing confidence and fortitude.

To drive home this assertion, Best Mbanaso, a two-time commissioner in Imo in the Rochas Okorocha administration, in a recent interview, insisted that the Owerri Zone should be allowed to govern the state in the principle of fairness.

His words: “I can say that Owerri people have not even ruled under a democratic setting. Evan Enwerem ruled under the military which was only for a period of 18 months (one year and six months). So, for me, for the sake of equity and justice, Owerri Zone should have it this time around. Since 1998, Owerri is the state capital and they have not produced a governor for IMO. So, for me I said, no; I stand for an Owerri man to be the governor of Imo.”

Cashing, in on this opportunity to wriggle out of the alleged marginalisation, Owerri people will have a chance of electing the next governor in the forthcoming election as their illustrious son, Hon. Tony Chinedu Nwulu, a native of Eziudo, Ezinihitte in Mbaise is a leading contender in the 2019 governorship race.

Nwulu has proved his mettle as an astute politician when he broke ethnic cleavages prevalent in Nigerian politics to win Isolo/Oshodi House of Representatives seat in Lagos State.

With his youthful disposition, the vibrant lawmaker, who was the main sponsor of the “Not Too Young To Run” bill in the lower chamber, vehemently fought to see it through and today, the bill, endorsed by the House and President Muhammad Buhari, has recorded a huge recognition from Nigerians and global endorsement. The lawmaker elected under Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, recently defected to the United Progressive Party, UPP, to actualize his goal and there are strong indications that that no fewer than 150,000 members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, are set to defect to the UPP in Imo. The move, according to a reliable source, will be unprecedented and expected to give political firepower to the UPP in the coming elections.

Besides, he has made remarkable impact in his statutory constituency in Lagos and also his home state Nwulu’s agenda for Imo is second to none as he is determined to make the state good for the benefit of all. His sector-by-sector analysis of the challenges facing Imo is contained in his manifesto that endeared youths and political stakeholders to him. From agriculture to the health sector, human capacity development, which is seriously lacking in the state, infrastructure and many others he shall soon unveil his agenda to the public. Already, he has assembled the best brains available to aid his efforts to get it right in Imo. This he did by appointing Kelechi Kingsley Chukwu as his campaign director.

The lawmaker recently interacted with a vast segment of Imolites, those who have excelled in various fields to work with him in fixing Imo.

Nwulu has proven to be an investment-driven-leader by visiting United Kingdom, Belgium and other countries to attract investors to Imo. Nwulu also promised that his administration will go into partnership to have an Independent Power Plant to complement what Imo gets from the national grid to boost electricity in the state.

Youths all over Imo have stood firm to make this illustrious son their preferred candidate for the forthcoming election and God has finally answered the prayers of Owerri people.

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source: Vanguard