By Bright Ekundayo
Ahead of 2019 General elections in Nigeria, with specificity to Owan Federal Constituency, the decision to project competent, vibrant, articulate, intelligent and acceptable candidates by the people and our great party is sacrosanct.
It was a triumphant entry yesterday as the good people of Owan East Local Government Area and the party leadership at the local government level harmoniously endorsed Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, OON and Barr. Eric Okaka as their choice candidates for House of Representatives (Owan Federal Constituency) and House of Assembly (Owan East Constituency) respectively.
Present in the meeting were Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Lawani (aka The Jagaban), APC Leader, Owan East; Hon. Andy Osigwe, Executive Chairman, Owan East LGA; another great Leader, Major General F.M Airende Rtd.; Mr. Ovbude from Owan West Local Government; Malam Zuberru Shaba, LGA party chairman; Hon. Barr. Ijegbai Jimoh, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development; Alhaji Sufiyanu Igbafen;
Hon. Hon Tony Ishanvbode.
Others included leaders and ward chairmen from Owan West Local Government Area; Abdulmumuni Bello, leader of Owan East legislative arm; councillors of the eleven wards in Owan East; ward chairmen and their respective executives as well as party faithfuls.
In a statement by Hon Jimoh Ijagbai, the choice to support Prof. Julius Ihonvbere is based on his credibility, quality and vast exposure to give quality representation to the people of Owan Federal Constituency
Alhaji Igbafen, while speaking, reassured that the people of Owan East were solidly behind Prof. Julius Ihonvbere. He added that whether direct or indirect primary, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere would emerge as a candidate of the party with the support of the people of Owan East.
The leader of Owan East APC, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Lawani (aka Abu-Millionaire) emphasized on the need to support Prof. Julius Ihonvbere for House of Representatives 2019 stating that his support for Prof. Ihonvbere was on the conviction of his credibility and competency of Prof. Julius Ihonvbere in service delivery and exemplary leadership traits. He added that the people of Owan East would not only support Prof. Ihonvbere in the primary, but also in the general election.
Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, in his response, appreciated the party leaders and the good people of Owan East for their unending support for his political aspiration assuring them a quality representation if voted into office. He added that there would be cordial relationship between him and the two members of EDHA which comprised Owan West and East respectively.
In a cleared note to the people, with Prof. Julius Ihonvbere’s intellectuality and exposure, Owan shall experience unusual transformation come 2019.