The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has said he would ensure the enthronement of good governance in Imo, if he is elected as the state’s governor in 2015.
He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expression of interest and nomination forms to contest Imo governorship election.
Ihedioha, who said he had discharged his duties professionally and creditably in the legislature, said the day marked the beginning of his transition from the legislative arm to the executive arm but noted that the challenges ahead of him in the executive were enormous and demanded tested and trusted hands liked him.
He assured the people that if elected, he would put Imo in the right direction by ensuring the enthronement of good governance in the state and by extension, complement the Federal Government’s transformation agenda.
He said the All Progressives Congress, APC, government in Imo had failed the people, adding that a PDP governor under his leadership, would put things aright in the state. “Every facet of life in the state today is in a regrettable and regressive state,” he stressed.
The deputy speaker who said he would give priority to education and infrastructure development in the state, if elected, however, expressed optimism that he would emerge as the next governor, considering his antecedent and credentials, which according to him, are outstanding.
“You know I have the track record, antecedent and credentials, the surprise will be if I do not do well,” he said.
Ihedioha had been in the House for over 11 years and had at one time served as Chief Whip before becoming its deputy speaker.
Also at the PDP national headquarters to pick the forms was Yerima Ngama, a former Minister of State for Finance.
Ngama said he picked the form to contest Yobe governorship election in 2015, to move the state out of the hands of the opposition which had been governing it since 1999.
He said that the decision was due to advice by political stakeholders in the state.
He, however, said that it was regrettable that Yobe was unfortunately the least state in education and the worst in unemployment in the country.
The former minister noted that Yobe, known in the past for peace, was today facing security challenges.
He held that if elected, he would ensure the positive transformation of the state by improving its education base and the security of lives and properties