(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Hon. Azubuike Odum, aspirant for Emohua State constituency seat at the Rivers State House of Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is intensifying his stakeholder engagement with a meeting with Councilors in the Emohua Local Government Council on Monday in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the gathering, the Ndele – born politician thanked the third tier legislators for the support they gave to him before and during the last council election, while he served as caretaker chairman in the council.
Chief Odum, who recalled how he supported their campaigns, congratulated the councilors for emerging victorious in the election, even as he hinted them of his intention to contest for the Emohua State constituency seat at the Rivers State House of Assembly.
His words: ”I want to offer myself to contest for the Rivers State House of Assembly. I am here because I have respect for this house. I am consulting and seeking your support because you are in a position to give me support. Without you, I will go no where. Now that I have met with you, I will go and pick the nomination form as soon as it is available and commence ward visitation ”.
The former lawmaker at the Rivers State House of Assembly urged the councilors to be focused in the discharge of their duties in order to leave worthy legacies at the end of their tenure, while harping on the need for the legislators to work together with the Chairman of Council, Hon. Tom Aliezi, in order to create the right atmosphere for development in the area.
Responding, the leader of the legislature, John Douglas, and others who spoke praised the House of Assembly aspirant for recognizing them as one of the stakeholders to be consulted, but noted that they also would need to consult with their constituents in order to be guided, especially, as he might not be the only aspirant for the House of Assembly seat from Emohua Local Government Area on the platform of the PDP.
The Leader of the legislative arm however counseled Hon. Odum to keep consulting , assuring that he will have their blessing if eventually, he is found to be the choice of the people.
The councilors also lauded Chief Odum for being the only aspirant from the area that they can remember, to ever seek the support of councilors for his political aspiration. They commended him for not disappointing Governor Nyesom Wike and the people of Emohua when he had opportunity to serve as caretaker committee chairman for two months, before the inception of the current elected administration in the council.