It was excitement galore for the family, friends and followers of Chief Robert Opara on Sunday the 14th October, as Mrs. Ngozi Williams, chairman of the state’s 17 member exco of the PPN formally passed a unanimous consensus resolution to declare chief Opara as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections in imo state.
The party, whose leader and presidential candidate is Rtd. Major Hamza AL Mustafa, the former CSO to the late General Sani Abacha, is waxing very strong in the state. The party has taken the advantage of the seeming imbroglio amongst other political parties to open her doors for the registration of new members into PPN fold.
Mrs Ngozi Williams told newsmen during the event that the party is crisis-free with strong leadership base in preparation for the forthcoming elections in the state.
She expressed the party’s strong confidence in the intellectual, political and leadership capacity of Chief Robert Opara’s candidature, to secure a victory for the party in Imo state.
The state’s publicity secretary, Ikechukwu Mbagwu, expressed implicit confidence in chief Robert Opara, whose leadership qualities and experience are legendary. He indicated that the chief has local and international experience with unlimited wide contacts within the international community. He explained that he has the strong contacts in local and international donor agencies that could be handy for the desired rapid development of the state and stimulation of economic activities that would create jobs.
As a multimedia consultant and aide to the former governor of Sokoto state as well as eight other state governors of the defunct ANPP under Alhaji Yusuf Ali, he is well positioned and exposed for the tortuous job of managing the challenges of the state.
The chairman of chairmen of local government areas in the stste, Mr. Basil Nwanedo, also expressed strong conviction about the vision of chief Robert Opara to provide the strategic leadership that ‘Imolites’ need at this stage of developmental crises in the state. He advised Imo people to reject all the parties that have contributed to the present deplorable condition of the state since 1999.
He accused the PDP, APC and APGA of grinding the development of the state to a halt because of egocentric and timid leadership in the state.
Chief Robert Opara promised to elevate the economic value of the state by deploying his strategic economic plan which will be geared towards putting Imolites back to work. He also emphasized that he would frontally address the poor education and health status of the state. He advised imo people to reject Rochas Okorocha and his mischievous quest to sneak in Uche Nwosu through the backdoor to protect his skewed legacy.