Legal luminary and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Barrister Henry Paul Odili has lambasted the state and federal lawmakers representing the various constituencies in the Orashi region of Rivers State for looking away while members of the several armed groups roamed about, burning down communities and killing hundreds of innocent members of their constituencies. The Orashi region of Rivers state consist of four LGAs bounded by the Orashi River, namely, Abua-Odual, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni.
Odili stated this when he visited Okogbe community in Ahoada West LGA to consult with ward and local government executives of the All Progressives Congress on his intention to seek the nomination of the party for the Ahoada-West/Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni federal constituency.
Speaking to the excited party members that had defied the rains to gather in their hundreds, Barrister Odili called all supperters of the APC to close ranks and ensure that the party wins at all levels of elections in 2019 and deliver the state from bad governance and bad representation.
“My passion is for APC to win election at all levels and on this I am prepared to lead from the front”, he said.
Responding, former council chairman of AWELGA, Honourable Awori Miller thanked Odili and his team for the visit but said that since there were other aspirants, the party will choose the best from them. Miller called on those hoping to fly the flag of the party in the 2019 election to be fully prepared for the challenged ahead of them.
Chairman of the Ahoada West Chapeter of the APC, Chief Goodluck Agwolo said by assembling all officers of the party in the ward and LGA to formerly unveil his ambition to represent the people of Ahoada-West/Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Henry Odili has become a pace setter as this feat had not been achieved before in the area. He also encouraged the newly elected ward and LGA party officials to remain committed to the party.
Hon Leonard who is the leader of the party in ward 10 reechoed the position of the LGA party chairman. He said: “this is the first time all ward and LGA aspirants would gather at a place to receive an aspirant. Speaking also, Mathias Ewoh said the atmosphere created by the Henry Odili team represents the success of the aspiration.
Recalling his roles in the legal battles to regain the lost grounds of the party through the election petitions tribunal, his courageous condemnation of the mass murders and destruction of properties by ganglords and his several moves to bring succor to the victims, speakers at the event thanked Odili for being a friend in deed of the party and the people of the region.
The Henry Paul Odili campaign team was received with pomp and ceremony as they stormed Okogbe town on Wednesday May 4 to confer with delegates and seek the support of party officials for the ticket of 2019 AWELGA/ONELGA federal House of Representatives election.