The leadership and members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obollo Ward Chapter, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state, are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to woo Clan Chief TonyBlack Nduka backto their fold.
Daily Nigerian Horn gathered that a delegation of the party led by principal officers, visited Nduka’s country home (Ugonna Retreat) at Umuchieze Obollo, Isiala Mbano on the 5th day of October, 2019 for the purpose.
The visit was covered Engr. Dikeoma Chibueze vis:
“Nothing is genuine like a clean image, it is the mirror through which gladness, simplicity, justice and uniqueness are viewed. PDP Obollo Ward delegation lead by principal officers, carried out an uncommon visit on the 5th day of October, 2019, at the country home of Clan Chief TonyBlack Nduka (Ugonna Retreat), Umuchieze Obollo, Isiala Mbano LGA. A visit which shows that indeed, there is a man among men (onye a n’akpọ aha ya nwere ihe ọ na-eme).
“The homage had in attendance; Mr. Chima Njoku, Chairman; Mr. Ben Eziuka, Secretary; Mr. Bright Emereji, Youth Leader; Mrs. Loretta Njoku, Woman Leader; Mr. Alex Onyemaobi, Ward Leader; Mr. Njoku Kenneth, LGA Executive and other Executive.
“Speaking at the occasion, Obollo Ward Party Chairman elucidated that the time has come to correct what needed to be corrected, saying that, only discerning minds and those with the right spirit will be able to sift the chaff from the wheat, as he posited with Igbo Proverb, “Akwukwo juru n’ohia, ma a baa, a choba ọgazị (There are various leaves in the bush, but when one goes in, he will start to look for okazi leave)”, meaning, among men, there’s a man. In his own words, “Clan Chief TonyBlack, you are a founding member of PDP in Obollo Ward. At a point in time, you told us to tarry while you advance across party line, for the betterment of our Ward, Isiala Mbano LGA and Imo State as a whole. Today, we are here to request and solicit that you re-join PDP in the struggle for good governance and ‘Rebuild Imo’ mantra of Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha”. He continued, “Obollo Ward PDP was known for her vibrancy and many fellowship, but the revise is the case now. It will therefore, exhilarate my leadership, if you, Clan Chief TonyBlack would enact your known and proven leadership skills and styles in bringing Obollo Ward PDP to a limelight again”.
“In addition, LGA Exco, Mr. Njoku Kenneth (Obollo Ward Chairman emeritus) opined that politics is a Noble profession which should be played by people of great minds and great thinkers who have the capacities to turn difficult situations around. He narrated how his name was announced as a member of then Development Center, courtesy of Clan Chief TonyBlack. Mr. Kenneth also decried of Obollo Ward being marginalized and relegated to nothing, ever since Clan Chief TonyBlack left PDP for APC. He revealed that as it stands now, PDP Obollo Ward cannot boast of any worthwhile dividend of democracy and recognition, owned to the fact, there are no more political gladiators to speak and stand in their favor. He pleaded that Clan Chief TonyBlack should understand their plight and make a U-Turn for a new normal in Obollo Ward PDP.
“Furthermore, Alex Onyemaobi, Ward Leader, averred that men of true impact and value don’t fight for position, visibility or appearance, their results speak for them not their propaganda, positing that politics is a serious business and should be entrusted into the hands of serious minds. He maintained that the political future of PDP Obollo Ward can not be enslaved on some individual hate, destructive ego, bitterness, envy, and anger, as he acknowledged that Clan Chief TonyBlack is a fighter whose sole aim has been to get the best for his Ward, Isiala Mbano and beyond. Mr. Alex appealed that Clan Chief TonyBlack should answer to the clarion call of repositioning the Glory of Obollo Ward PDP as it was before he left.
“Responding to all said and done, Clan Chief TonyBlack Nduka welcomed and appreciated the leadership of PDP Obollo Ward for finding him worthy of reinforcing the political strength of Obollo Ward. Taking a ride to memory lane, he recalled how he showcased the attribute of a good leader by inviting all political parties in Obollo Ward during a meeting of Ezumezu Ugiri Clan and how he accepted being defeated as APC faithful, while congratulating the PDP counterparts for a victory well merited. He described the ordeals of Obollo Ward PDP as unfortunate situations, but reiterated of his perseverance in projecting Obollo Ward, Isiala Mbano LGA and Imo State to higher heights. He also assured the Ward Excos of replying to their appeals after he must had made wider consultations which will include Obollo Ward APC stalwarts. He further urged the delegation to start reading newspaper publications onward, so as to know his position in the ‘Rebuild Imo’ agenda of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha which he kept on watch for a period of 100 days in Office. Clan Chief TonyBlack also advised that if Obollo PDP faithfuls would embrace Ezumezu Ugiri and respect the Traditional Council, the sky would be their stepping stone towards political break through and recognition.
“The event ended with a closing prayer by Obollo Ward Chairman, who prayed that God in his infinite mercies would touch the heart of Clan Chief Tony Black to have a positive rethink towards a better tomorrow for PDP Obollo Ward.”