Frontline aspirant for Imo East Senatorial District seat, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has ruled out bench-warming if elected to represent district at the Senate in 2023.
Speaking during her tour of Owerri Municipal Council of Imo State, Anyanwu-Akeredolu promised to go beyond legislation which is the primary responsibility of a lawmaker to attract developmental projects to the senatorial zone.
The wife of the Ondo State governor assured of her capacity to bring developmental changes through networking and contacts as the wife of the Chairman of Southern Governors’ forum.
She said: “Ada Owere has the capacity, Ada Owere can represent, can lead. Like I always said that First Lady’s position is not recognized in the constitution and you men always tell us that we didn’t vote for you, but First Lady wey Sabi can get things done and I have demonstrated it in a profound manner”.
She opined that, even though, the primary responsibility of members of the national assembly was to sponsor bills, she won’t be a bench warmer but would also prioritize lobbying developmental projects to her constituency.
“When you have a quality individual who understands that you can uplift your community and by uplifting your community you knock at the doors where those things you want for your community are possible, that’s the mindset I’m taking along if you support me to represent you in the red chamber”, she said.
Ada Owere further informed them that, being a gender activist and breast cancer advocate, she’s going there to touch the lives of the generality of Owerri zone’s constituents, especially women.
Speaking about the importance of education, which she said gave her the opportunity to be who she is today, Akeredolu lauded the efforts of her late parents and some community women who supported her to become the first female graduate in her community, saying, “I see myself as a package signed ,sealed and delivered”.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu emphasized the essence of building human capacity and investment in female education which, according to her, she demonstrated through the Bemore Empowered initiative where thousands of girls had been trained in ICT and solar with free equipment.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Security, CP. Dan Okoro (Rtd), affirmed that the doggedness of Ada Owere was an evidence of her personality.
He noted that the contest is no longer an issue of gender but issue of capacity, describing her as a woman with track records.
He said; “We in Owerri municipal, we prefer somebody we can remember tomorrow, somebody that we can fall back on, somebody that will be able to say this is where I come from, and no longer those who will come on board, get it right and we’ll no longer reach them.
“From your records, we can get to you, from your records you have a very passionate mind, we want to see you on top challenging all the necessary issues at the Red Chamber”.