GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
I have implicit confidence in my Deputy – Ihedioha
…Calls on the leaders of the Federal Constituency to check the menace of criminality and restiveness in the area,
Imo State Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has reiterated his confidence in his Deputy, Hon. Gerald Irona, describing him as, “a man in whom I have implicit confidence.”
Governor Ihedioha stated this while receiving in audience a delegation from Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Federal Constituency who paid a thank you visit to him in his Mbutu residence, weekend in appreciation of his choice of their son.
He described the Deputy Governor as a diligent and thorough person, who has always risen to the challenge of leadership.
“I am excited at this visit. Since I came into contact with him in his days at the House of Representatives, I found him to be a steadfast and a thorough person. Irona remains one of the best that Imo State has sent to the House of Representatives.”
“In making my decision, the choice was very easy. I did not have issues, because the circumstances made it easy. The only thing that was against him was that he was my friend. During the election, he did a very good job. We won the senatorial seat in Orlu, but you did not adequately protect your votes. In all the assignments I entrusted with him, he performed excellently.”
“The Governor and Deputy are one and the same. Irona is a man in whom I have implicit confidence with. He will not be a Deputy Governor with portfolio. We will work together. Every other officer of the state will be accountable to him. We shall have collective responsibility and ownership of government.”
Continuing, His Excellency, used the occasion to call on the leaders of the Federal Constituency to check the menace of criminality and restiveness in the area, warning that his administration will not hesitate to criminalize bad behavior.
He however promised to take steps to ensure meaningful youth engagement, even as he urged the people to develop a programme for engaging restive youths and other youths of the area.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and Imo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona was full of appreciation to the Governor for choosing him, promising never to disappoint him.
“We are here to simply say thank you. By the grace of God and by your benevolence, I was nominated to be your running mate. It was a very surprising news in the morning you called to tell me that you have chosen me as your running mate. I do not know why you appointed me, but, those things that made you to appoint me, I am here before my people to tell you that I will never disappoint you.”
Adding his voice, a political leader from the area, Chief Peter Mgbenwelu also thanked the Governor for his choice of Irona, pledging that he will not disappoint him.
“We are here to thank you for choosing our son. This is the first time our Federal Constituency is having the privilege of producing a Deputy Governor in the history of Imo State. We are proud of our son. We are his guarantors and he will not disappoint you.”
Also speaking, former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro said, “Ihedioha has made history by making it possible for our Federal Constituency to produce a Deputy Governor.”
“Our people are very grateful. We pray that the friendship between the two of you continues.”
Former Chairman, Presidential Taskforce on Power, Engr. John Otti, Professor Ike Azogu and wife of the reverred political maestro, Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe said Governor Ihedioha chose “one of our finest, who learnt well from our political leader, Ogbuagu Nzeribe.”
The Deputy Governor was accompanied on the visit by elders and leaders of the area, among whom are: Chief P.C. Mgbemelu, former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, Engr. John Otti, Professor Ike Azogu, House of Assembly members –elect from the area, PDP House of Representatives candidate from the area, Barr. Golden Nwosu, Barr. F.U. Unyimadu and Hon. Mayor Eze.
Others include: wife of Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, wife of the Deputy Governor, Ogbuefi Vivian Irona, Mr. Sylvester Irona, leadership of Ihedioha/Irona campaign platform, Tony Nwadialo, Dame Anyiwo, Barr. Nwando Ethel Anyasinti, Local Government Chairmen of the PDP, Chairman of Chairmen in the area, State Officers of the Peoples Democratic Party from the area, women leaders, among others.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor