A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Stanley Ekezie has said that the return of the party to power in Imo State in 2024 in Imo State is a fiat accomplish.
Ekezie who is the South East Ex-Officio and Director General of Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu Campaign Organization made the assertion on Thursday in a chat with Imo Newspaper Editors and Columnists Forum in Owerri.
The PDP Zonal Official explained that the party is in best form in Imo State and other states in Nigeria, adding that it is well-positioned to clinch both the governorship and presidential offices in the next general election.
Ekezie, who holds the chieftaincy title of Akajimba noted that Imolites already know that all is not well in the state and therefore are clamouring for change of guards at Government House, Owerri.
According to him, the cold reception which greeted the recent presidential visit by the people of Imo state is a clear manifestation of the mood of the people towards All Progressives Congress-led administration both in the state and in the country.
He opined that the empty streets during the visit might have nothing to do with sit-at-home order, but gives a peep into the possible outcome of governorship election in the state in 2023.
Ekezie said the administration of Emeka Ihedioha has shown that Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration is seriously lagging behind and needs to initiate more people-oriented programmes.
He however said that the blame may not entirely go to the governor but his handlers who may not be telling him the truth.
He said that the defection of some members of the PDP to the APC has no effect on the party as record has shown that those who are defecting have never won their booths.
He commended the leadership style of the state Party Chairman, Ugwu and former Governor Emeka Ihedioha who have revolutionized Imo PDP and created a reward system that considers those who deliver rather than big names that offer nothing.
Ekezie who is said to have brought dynamism and commitment to PDP in Okigwe Zone and the state, said his magic is to work with young men and women and ensure that they are adequately rewarded during reward period.
According to him, he was able to weather the storm in Okigwe Zone during the bye-election despite the presence of political bigwigs like Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume by working with the right people and leveraging on the good name, character and philanthropy of Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu, the senatorial candidate.
Ekezie said the good work of Ihedioha as a governor and the efforts of leaders such as Chris Okewulonu put PDP above other parties in that election.
He said PDP successfully fought against the governor, the Minister of State Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Chief Tony Chukwu, Sen Ifeanyi Araraume, all 27 TC chairmen, all commissioners, SAs and SSAs, and won the election but was rigged out.
He however assured that with the new electoral innovation, rigging will be a thing of the past in 2024.