The First Lady of Ondo State cum aspirant for Imo East senatorial race (Owerri Zone), under the platform of the All Progressive Congress party, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has avowed her determination to bring more development to the area if elected come 2023 general elections.
She gave this affirmation on Tuesday while presenting herself before the leaders and members of the party in Ikeduru Local government area of Imo East, at St. Cyprian’s hall of St. Michael Catholic church, Eziama.
Lamenting the level of low development and marginalisation in her maiden community, Emeabiam and environs, she expressed belief that if the people are equipped with education there would be transformation, saying “education brings development”.
According to her, education served as a veritable asset to climb social ladders, while lauding her late parents for promoting female education at a time it wasn’t given much priority.
She informed the people the covenant she made not to abandon her maiden home for the sake of marriage, noting that she had decided to still be relevant and contribute to the development of the community to prove that female education wasn’t a waste and to convince those parents who were still reluctant to train their girls.
Mrs Akeredolu, who affirmed that as someone who is always in contact with her people, she knew where the shoe pinches, and therefore assured them that if given the opportunity to represent them in the Senate, she would dedicate all her energies and power to make Owerri Zone much more better in terms of human and infrastructural development.
She stated that she would be focusing on empowerment and projects that touch every constituent, like provision of healthcare services and scholarship for their children, among others. She assured that their issues in Owerri zone would be put at the center of decision-making table if elected as their Senator.
She also announced that, as a mother, she’ll be going to the Senate to be a voice for Nigerian women and champion their interest.
Stressing the need to change the archaic narrative about leadership, the Ada Owere restated that leadership is gender-neutral and whoever has the mental, physical capacity and the right framework to deliver, should be allowed.
According to her, people’s representative would need interpersonal relationships with those at the center of affairs before he or she would be able to attract developmental projects to constituency, as she assured them that being the wife of a two-term governor had afforded her the opportunity to have such capacity to lobby.
Earlier while addressing the people, the Director-General of Ada Owere campaign organisation, Pastor Iyke Onuoha, had highlighted some positive impacts of Mrs Akeredolu in Igboland, some of which are appointment of their children in Ondo government and lobbying NDDC to construct Eziobodo-Emeabiam road which worth N1.6billion.
The APC Leader in the local government, Prince Amadi, who hinted that the race is tough, however, expressed confidence in the capacity and readiness of Ada Owere to run it, as he thanked her for being there for the party.
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
May 3, 2022