Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Ihedioha decrys the high level of blackmail and sabotage he suffered during election period.

The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha  has said that the gains that characterised his tenures in the  legislature were born out  of deliberate strategic planning and consensus delivery.

Chief Ihedioha stated this at St. John's Anglican Church, Amauzari, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State,  during the 2016 Diocesan Synod of the  Diocese of Isi Mbano.

Delivering the  Keynote Address titled; "Restoring the Confidence of the Citizens in the  Political Leadership in Nigeria-A Case  Study of Imo State" he said, "I was  motivated to pursue a career in politics by my desire to effect a positive change in our landscape as underdevelopment defined my immediate community, Mbutu, and the need to contribute to the development of my dear State. Today, we have effected undeniably,remarkable positive change in those critical areas of need.
"It is instructive that during my 12 years as the people's representative in the  National Assembly, during which period I served as Committee Chairman, Principal Officer and finally as Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives, I spared no opportunity to reposition my constituency and indeed Imo State."

Speaking further, Ihedioha who was the  Imo  State PDP governorship candidate in the last year's  general elections, said, "Without sounding immodest, I can beat my chest and sum up that in spite of challenges, ours was a success story as i did not fail to properly link our dear state up to National political and infrastructural grid. While i was there, i think i made you proud through effective representation, facilitation of human capacity development and significant physical infrastructural development into the state, a feature that was not common in Imo State before my emergence at that level and indeed Nigeria took note that there was an Imo son of outstanding quality and enviable credentials".

Decrying what he described as pull-him-down-syndrome among senior Imo Citizens, he frowned at the  thriving model blackmail has unfortunately become in the polity.
"It is regrettable that as i was busy with efforts at developing our state, some otherwise senior Imo citizens who ought to know better, chose to spend their time and resources in negating my efforts, castigating and misrepresenting my achievements in return, offered no alternative in return. "

While urging the church to raise to speak out the ills and provide moral direction to the society, he expressed hope thus, " It is my fervent prayer that in the nearest future, Imo state will become a model, upholding the principles of democracy, separation of powers and the rules of law as provided for in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended."

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