History was on last Saturday,7th Sept. 2019 made in the entire lives of the people of Ofekata Orodo as there was a very huge jubilation when Chief Engr.Marcel Uzegbu,emerged as the Eze-Elect of Ofekata Orodo Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli LGA,Imo State.
The delegate election which took place at the Local Govt.Council Headquarters, Nwaorie-ubi,in Mbaitoli,attracted heavy presence of the security apparatus including the Military, ended successful amidst great jubilation.
Chief Engr.Marcel Iheanacho Uzegbu,aka Onwa,emerged winner of the polls with 242 votes,while his strongest rival,Chief Eunan Oroegbulam,got 138 votes,from all the voted casted by all the delegates (villagers,20 person each) from across the 19 villages (3 blocs) that made up Ofekata Orodo Autonomous Community.
The Eze-Elect,Chief Uzegbu,was officially pronounced winner by the Head of Department, Bureau for Local Govt.& Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Mr.Collins Nkwocha,who also represented the govt.of Imo State,as the part of the Ezeship polls that was successfully conducted.
In his victory/acceptance speech, the Eze-Elect of Ofekata Orodo, Chief Uzegbu, expressed satisfaction on the height of collective support from his people who voted and elected him as their Traditional Ruler,even as he promised never to let them down.
“I am from Umuokporoche Ofekata Orodo Autonomous Community. I am very happy that my people have decided. They have chosen me. They have spoken,God have acknowledged my emergence as their Traditional Ruler-Elected. I am not afraid. I have earlier during my campaign and manifesto promised not to be distracted by any force or anybody. I have promised to carry everyone along, both those who voted for me and those who did not voted for me.Now that I am the father of all in Ofekata Orodo land. I am in charge. With God, I shall protect all via effective security of lives and properties, truth, unity, peace, development, progress,love shall be my bedrock. My opponents shall be carried along. Soonest,there would be no more opposition in my kingdom”, Eze-Elect assured.
He promised love for all.
” Ofekata Orodo people needs a progressive minded man like me and they have shown show of love. I am always thinking of what I am going to do for my Community. We need to get of darkness. My victory is light. I have extended my character beyond my own self. I am very selfless,I do not walk alone. We shall engage all in one accord for rapid development”,Chief Uzegbu submitted.
“With our Ofekata Orodo Development Foundation,we shall think about the general welfare of the people. My people can not be bribed, I am coming to serve humanity and divinity. I was not interested for Ezeship in the past, but my people jointly called my attention come and serve them,and as such,I have answered, and I must deliver because I am a progressive. All I did for my community now and then, was between me and God. We want our community to move forward for peace, unity and love for the world to emulate us.I will never fail”, he proclaimed.
Adding their voices amongst some of their illustrious sons, Mr.Ugochukwu Ajoku,CEO of Diamond Crux Hotel,Owerri, and Mr.Cyracus Onwukwe,CEO of Ciko Tiles,Ciko-Tech Animal Kingdom Farms Owerri, respectively,expressed delight for successful emergence of Chief Uzegbu as their Eze-Elect.
Mr.Onwukwe and Mr.Ajoku,said ” we started the Ezeship tussles but thank God, it is now a reality. As progressives,we shall continue to add value positively into the lives of Ndi-Ofekata Orodo. We are one people, we shall never be separated”.
Mr.Onwukwe, however, said ” that the journey started from the beginning. We are happy that our preferred choice of candidate victoriously won. All shall be carried along. We are progressives.We shall solidly key behind Chief Engr.Uzegbu. There would not be any kind levy, we shall help and assist our Royal Father carry out visible developmental projects. Roads would be fixed,we shall ensure that our children are given quality education, those with very bright future shall be supported with scholarships.
Mr.Ajoku, more so,described the newly elected Eze-Elect as a good man with large heart,very lively, intelligent and a philanthropist of repute,who have shown love and capacity in Orodo land and must be supported.
The Hospitality business mogul,Ajoku, therefore prayed God Almighty to give his newly elected Eze-Elect the wisdom, good health, understanding to rule as a Traditional Ruler.
The CEO of Diamond Crux Hotel,also called on the Governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, to beef up security in the state as such would encourage rapid development and attract foreign investors.
He also charged all his colleagues in the hospitality and hotel industries to be security conscious,but advised staffers of various hotels to always obey all the rules and regulations guiding the hospitality industries to avoid sudden deaths.
He furthermore called on Governor Ihedioha to do more great things,especially on the improvement of power supply, quality roads to enhance development in Imo State.