Listen to article
Amidst all the chaos that ensues during election cycles, especially in Nigeria and Imo state in particular, it can be very easy to lose sight of the most important parameter to be considered as far as elections are concerned; the worthiness of the candidates. Without a doubt, it stands at the topmost of the hierarchy of things to consider when making a go at ascertaining who is best fit to pilot the affairs of the people. This alone has the capacity to make or mar a state as well as the masses and the results they expect.
One of the most valid reasons why Imolites have suffered painfully in the hands of their elected leaders is because, oftentimes, they are blown away by this noise and chaos and end up failing to ask the right questions which will have distinctively helped them to make the right decisions during elections. The result of this is that the state has been left in the hands of political charlatans who understand how to drive the flow of the loud noise that is grossly lacking in substance.
It is no longer news that the gubernatorial election in Imo state is the latest bone of contention as far as the Eastern Nigeria and especially, Imo state, is concerned. The electoral umpire has slated the 11th of November as D-day. It would be perfectly understandable to feel a tinge of pity for the indigenes and residents of Imo state considering its state of affairs of the state and how badly the state has been governed over the last 3 years by a man a majority of Imolites did not vote for.
With the elections ahead, one could view it as a chance at redemption for the state and Imolites. But of course, it can only be regarded as ‘redemption’, if an adequate, upstanding, and genuine person becomes the governor. The big question now is ‘Who is the right person for this position?’
The answer to this is not far-fetched. It is without a doubt that the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Tony Ejiogu is the right person for this position. The right person to pull Imo state out of its dilemma, out of its nearly sunken situation, a situation it has been subjected to over the years and especially in the current administration.
Mr. Tony Ejiogu, vying for the governorship seat in Imo state under the umbrella of APGA, is the only candidate of all the candidates vying for the same position that can be said to be a breath of fresh air. He is the only candidate without political baggage, corruption case, or a history of incompetence.
He is not of the breed of politicians who have been in the system of governance, playing the game of politics to their own tune and hardly having the will and interest of the people of the state at heart, something his opponents cannot boast of. They cannot exactly say that they have anything new to offer owing to the fact that they have been part and parcel of the failure that is Imo state in the past.
Mr. Tony Ejiogu on the other hand is young, goal-oriented, and driven and has come to undertake the long overdue task of salvaging the ruins and making an attempt at rebuilding and restoring the once enviable state to its former glory and even beyond.
He possesses a sound educational background that gives him an edge over his counterparts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; a Master of Arts in Administrative Management from Bowie State University, Maryland; an MBA in Finance from The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; all in the United States of America. He is currently rounding up his Doctorate degree program in Business Administration from the Netherlands School of Business. He is a technocrat who is well versed in all things management and finances and has garnered a wealth of experience, enough to be able to identify and alleviate the issues afflicting the state.
Mr. Ejiogu has, not surprisingly, enumerated the cardinal issues affecting the state, of which if tackled appropriately, According to his plans and laid down the route to redemption, the state would be benefitting the dividend of good governance in no time at all.
Ejiogu is enthusiastic about tackling the current menace of insecurity in the state. He is certain that it is one of the most important parts of the state, a star improvement.
He acknowledges the pitiable state of unemployment and underemployment in the state. His major focus comes a close second to improving security in the state. His understanding of the menace that is unemployment, which in turn translates to an understanding of the plight of the youths and young ones who can’t but wait for the arrival of the harbinger of good tidings Mr. Eliogu.
The deplorable state of roads and infrastructure have also drawn the attention of Mr. Ejiogu. He is poised to ensure the ease of movement and transportation within the state.
If he is elected the governor of Imo state, Mr. Ejiogu would become the first technocrat at the helm of state affairs in the state as well as the first non-career politician to occupy the government house. He had not contested any election and was previously not a member of any political party until APGA. Mr. Ejiogu understands the nature of the state’s problems and is poised to eliminate them. When Imolites go to the polls in November, they will be presented with a clear opportunity to either save the state or bury her in abject misrule. They will have a chance to choose between light and darkness. The chance to reposition Imo will be at their fingertips. It is the sincere view and hope of many that Imolites will not make a mistake.