By JOHN Meziem
There is no doubt that Chief Chris Okewulonu is the Grand Commander or the Generalisimo of Obowo politics. In fact you cannot talk of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obowo Local Government without ruminating on the great exploits the party has made in that local government area, through the exploitative commentary of the Great Ebekuo Dike of Obowo Chief Barr. Chris Okewulonu.
Okewulonu who is the political field marshall in the local government usually marshals out the party members towards positive direction in line with the political dictates of the time. Ebekuo Dike always reads the political tempo and so predicts which way the political tide blows.
Consequently he directs his people through the right direction.
Okewulonu couldn’t have attained this height as a political gladiator without having paid his dues politically. As it were, he has not only paid his dues but has written his only name in gold within the political calculus in Obowo, Imo state and Nigeria as a whole. He has been a political player from the grassroots up to national level.
Right from 2011 when PDP lost the governorship seat in Imo state, Chris Okewulonu has vibrantly been maintaining the party in Obowo at all times and at all cost. When some leaders in Imo state abandoned PDP to shop about in other parties, Okewulonu, a core party man remained steadfast with the party. He continued to oil the party structure in Obowo which made the party strong. Even when PDP lost the governorship position in 2015, Okewulonu was not deterred. He continued to carry the party masterly even as PDP attained an enviable height in Obowo Local Government Area.
Okewulonu within this time made a superlative innovation in party structure in Obowo. He formed what is known as PDP chapter executives with equal number of executive members as that of PDP ward executives. This innovation strengthened the party so much in Obowo. Ebekuo Dike extended his support for PDP beyond Obowo to the rest of the five local government areas in Okigwe zone.
Infact, he is respected across the entire zone by PDP officials who show immense gratitude to Okewulonu for his large heartedness.
The structure of PDP in Obowo today is very strong courtesy of. Chris Okewulonu. He holds the party passionately to his heart and strongly carters for the party in all ramifications. There is hardly any party member in the local government who pays no allegiance to the Generalisimo of Obowo Politics Chief Chris Okewulonu. The Ebekuo Dike of Obowo is well cherished by his people, just as he loves them. There is hardly anyone from his local government area Obowo who cries out to him without getting one form of assistance or another. This was why Ndi Eze Obowo jointly conferred the title of Ebekuo Dike, which in full is Ebekuodike ya zoo gi, meaning, when you run to a hero, he delivers you.
Chief Barr. Chris Okewulonu is one leader whom his people of Obowo and indeed the entire Okigwe zone people will always hold in high esteem. He has a large heart and always ready to assist at any point of need.