All Progressives Congress (APC), supporters from Okigwe South Federal Constituency, have been promised better representation in the forthcoming 8th National Assembly.
House of Representatives-elect for Okigwe South Federal Constituency comprising Obowo, Ehime Mbano and Ihette Uboma, Deacon Chike Okafor, who made the promise at the weekend at an event to appreciate the people of the constituency for their support promised to do more to better the lots of the people.
Okafor, who ran on the platform of the APC won Ihitte Uboma and Obowo council areas to beat his opponents. He polled 29, 491 votes to win his closest rival from the PDP, who garnered 23, 917 votes. Okafor had dedicated the victory to the people of his constituency, saying the outcome of the election was the full expression of the will of the people. “The people did not just vote, they went out of their way to protect their votes. But in all these, there is no loser.
“Okigwe South has won another opportunity to re-write its fortunes and I am not ignorant of the expectations of the people and so, I urge all and sundry to join me in the onerous task of setting Okigwe South on the path of progress and socio-economic development,” he had promised.
Speaking at the celebration, which took place in his home town, Umuoke, Obowo in Imo State, Deacon Okafor recalled how as a Commissioner for Finance in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha’s first term, he provided essential amenities to the people of the area, promising to do more now as a federal lawmaker.
“I did a lot for my people in my days as Commissioner of Finance in Imo state in the first term of Governor Rochas Okorocha and I am going to do more now and people will know the difference. The APC will not fail the people of Okigwe South as well as Imo State,” he assured.
He further appreciated the people for all their efforts during the election, adding that he was able to win the election because of their support and confidence in him. The obviously elated Okafor noted that his victory in the last election was a privilege from God and expressed gratitude to Him, promising to improve the lives of the people.
In a show of sportsmanship, one of his opponents on the platform of APGA, Mr.Uzoma Okafor, congratulated Hon. Okafor for his victory and wished him all the best during his four years tenure in the green chamber. He promised to work with him anytime and in whatever capacity. He expressed confidence in the ability of Hon. Okafor who was his roommate during their days in the University to perform.
Speaking to The UNION, Hon. Okafor who said he disagreed with the ‘winner takes all’ kind of politics in the country maintained that the APC would be magnanimous in victory and “our hands are open to take everyone who wants to join the moving train. For instance, if you look around, you will see people who ran against me during the election but today many of them are here now celebrating with me today.”
He further assured the people of the zone that he was not going to represent APC alone. “I am going to represent the good people of Okigwe South as well as the people of Imo State, and his Excellency is not going to represent APC as well his going to represent the people of Imo. I want to plead to the good people of Okigwe South to join hands for us to develop our zone for the future generation.”
He also thanked the ward party chairmen, women coordinators, and most especially the youth who contributed immensely to sure that the party came out victorious irrespective of all the challenges they faced during the poll especially for those who were humiliated, beaten, threatened by the opposition.
Hon. Okafor urged them to remain calm, as they would be adequately compensated. “For the fact that you failed in your ward does not mean you did not do well, what matters is that the party whom the election. We intended to win the whole five, starting from the Senate down to the Imo House of Assembly, but it is unfortunate we did not win the senate which is the most important one for us.
He assured party supporters that by God’s grace, they would reclaim the mandate in due time based on the irregularities that went on during the March 28 poll.
His words, “However, permit me to say that despite the fact that I am going to the house for the first time, but I am not new to the system. You may recall that we just came back for the four-day induction training. I am not new, I have the experience to work in the green chamber.
“Coming to what I will bring to my people from the Federal House, remember I did it as a commissioner and I will do it again, and having worked as a commissioner for finance, attending meetings in Abuja, meeting other commissioners for finance from all part of the country, I am not new.”
Hon Okafor also thanked the media personnel who were at the event to witness the celebration and urged them to continue doing the good job in the country. He also thanked the people for voting Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, for House of Assembly- elect Obowo, Hon. Lawman Duruji, House of Assembly-elect Ehime-Mbano and Dr. Mrs. Uche Ejiogu, Member-elect Ihtte-Uboma On his part, Hon. Ibeh, a former Personal Assistant to Hon. Okafor during his time as a commissioner, dedicated his victory to God as well as to his former boss for his wonderful support during his campaign and prayed for God’s guidance. He also appreciated the great efforts of the people of Obowo for their tireless support, promising not to fail them.
Hon. Duruji on his part appreciated party supporters for their efforts at ensuring the APC’s victory. He described Deacon Okafor as a mentor, leader, and the helper of the needy.
Dr. Ejiogu, on her part, thanked God for the successful election and being the first lady to go for the house in her LGA, she also thanked most especially the women who vowed that this time, a woman would lead them. She further thanked Deacon Okafor for his wonderful support during her campaign.
In his contribution, Mr. Tony Osuagwu, a Youth Leader and former Special Adviser to Hon. Okafor, described the former commissioner as a worthy son of Obowo, Okigwe zone and Imo State in general.
His words, “As his SA, when he was the commissioner of Finance in Imo State, I learnt a lot from him, his goal is to make people happy, his victory wasn’t a surprise to many because he did a lot of good things, ranging from building houses to indigent women, empowering the youths, building schools, churches, donating transformers and lots more. Even without any political party, he will win again.
“My view is that he did well in thanking the people that voted him in. As a first comer in politics, he passed. So he called it a victory party, to appreciate his people and use the opportunity to tell them, he would not let them down. He did well as a Commissioner, Owelle Rochas , the governor of Imo State addresses him as a son because they have the same heart as the late Sam Mbakwe. He will do more than he has done in the past.
“Many Obowo politicians failed us apart from Mbakwe that made us proud; he will do more than Mbakwe by the grace of God. I appeal to the President-elect to consider the contributions of our Governor in building the party and make sure Hon.
Okafor is given the position due for the South-east, by ensuring that he is given the Speaker of House of Rep,” he noted.