By our correspondent
Ideato nation was temporarily ‘shut down’ as thousands of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful trooped out in solidarity to welcome home the spokesman of opposition parties after his aborted disqualification from the House of Representatives race.
Dozens of party delegates in a move that suggest more troubles for his opponents also stormed the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in solidarity with Ugochinyere ahead of the party primaries this weekend.
Sources alleged that the massive solidarity by the party delegates may have sent shivers down the spines of other aspirants for Ideato Federal Constituency.
The House of Representatives hopeful at the reception in his honour doled out cash and other items worth over N40 million to the 27 wards of the Ideato North and South.
Addressing the massive jubilant crowd, Ugochinyere also urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders especially the party delegates at the forthcoming party primaries in Ideato North and South to be vigilant and resist any attempt by undemocratic elements to hijack the exercise this weekend.
Addressing the party faithful who trooped out in massive solidarity to welcome him to Ideato nation after receiving his Certificate of Qualification from the national leadership of PDP, described his purported disqualification from the race as another joke taken too far adding that any attempt again by anybody no matter how highly placed to either falsify or hijack the party primary this weekend will meet the red eye of his supporters.
The House of Representatives aspirant at his formal reception at St John’s Anglican Church, Osina told his highly elated supporters especially the delegates to vehemently resist and deal with anybody who might wish to steal, run away or falsify result sheets again in the coming primary election.
According to him “the PDP does not belong to a single individual; so do not allow anybody to intimidate you in a party you have laboured for.”
“There will be no more name-dropping and those still hanging around Abuja stealing and falsifying results will no longer have their way”, he said.
He however commended the bold steps taken by the National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iyorchi Ayu to right the wrong perpetuated by some undemocratic elements in the state.
He assured both the party leadership and his supporters that he was well prepared to lead the party to victory in the general election if elected as the party flag bearer this weekend.
Meanwhile a cash donation and items worth over N40 million were distributed to party members at the weekend by Bar Ugovhinyere. The items included laptops, printers, handsets and 5000 PDP membership cards.
Ugochinyere said the items were part of his contribution towards rebuilding the party in the Ideato Federal Constituency.
He also attributed the lingering security challenge in the South-East to the perceived sense of marginalization by the people and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt the political option and enter into dialogue with the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and leaders of the South-East to find lasting solution to the security problem plaguing the region, just as the Federal Government had done with the Niger Delta Militants and the Boko Haram sect.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere commended Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for the courage to visit the detained IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in detention and enjoined other governors of the South-East to emulate his example, instead of trying to effectually allegedly please some paymasters in Abuja.
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