By: Ifeoma Ejiofor
A top contender for the position of President General (PG) in the postponed Nnewichi-Nnewi community election, Chief Michael Ibeokonkwo says he is in a convenant with God to serve his people.
Chief Ibeokonkwo stated this during an interaction with journalists in his residence.
He said that he actually entered into a convenant to serve his people on the day he was elected PG of Obiofia.
“I cannot wish away the experience I had in 2015 when I was elected PG of Obiofia, when I looked back and saw the long line of people who voted for me, I shed tears of joy and right there and then, I promised God that I will serve the people.” He recalled.
Chief Ibeokonkwo stated that it was on the basis of that convenant that he was able to champion a people oriented administration and put in place in Obiofia what anybody has not been able to do since 1970.
The former PG of Obiofia said that he has indeed extended the convenant of serving his people to Nnewichi people and humanity in general.
“Nnewichi people are peaceful and God fearing, but the community is facing a serious challenge from some selfish cabals who want to indoctrinate them into their negative ways of doing things without respect for the welfare of the people. These cabals knock on a door and still come out to ask who was knocking on the door.
“I want to state it loud and clear again that whoever that would go to equity must go with clean hands, propaganda and manipulation cannot help my opponent who has headed every position possible in Nnewi without having any vision or physical structures to justify his long stay in leadership.
“The cabals have mortgaged the future, rights and opportunities of young people to serve Nnewichi, this is part of what I want to change. We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. Our youths are our future, we must safeguard them jealously.” Chief Ibeokonkwo stated.
Asked to comment on what he thinks about the capability of the Nnewichi Board of Trustees (BoT) to resolve the stalemate, Chief Ibeokonkwo expressed the optimism that the BoT cannot be manipulated over a simple issue like community election because their integrity will be at stake.
Chief Ibeokonkwo thanked his numerous supporters even as he assured them that under his watch as PG of Nnewichi, a new day would dawn.