2023: IPRF declares support for Joel-Onowakpo
By KELVIN OHOROR
The Isoko Political Revolutionary Force (IPRF) has declared total support for Hon Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, the Delta South Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
In a statement released by the group led by Comrade Chief Austin Ejabulor, Mr Ezimano Azagba, Mr Chris Akwenuke and Chief Geoffrey Okeh, in an enlarged meeting at Taase Hotel, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, they vowed to mobilise massive votes for the APC candidate.
“We wish to state that we are a group of individuals that have come together the governorship primary election was successful. The report dated May 30, 2022, was signed by the Head of Department of INEC Elections and Party Monitoring Department (EPM) in Ebonyi State, C. C. Nwodo, Anayo Onyejekwe and Oko Kelechi O. for the Ebonyi State team, while Musa Husunu, Esther Ofoegbu and Abiodun O. Lawal signed as Monitoring Team from the INEC Headquarters in Abuja. In the report, Dr Nwazunku Augustine Alugbala scored one vote, Mr Nwankwo Fidelis Nwibo had one vote, Hon Ogbaga Sylvester got eight votes, Dr Eze Emmanuel Eze, one vote; Hon Christian Usulor, 9 votes; Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odili scored 349 votes, Dr Andrew Sunday Opoke got six votes and Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu, one vote.
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The report reads in part, “The Peoples Democratic Party organized its governorship primary for the purpose of electing her flagbearer in Ebonyi State. It was held as scheduled on the 29th of May 2022. “The venue of the Governorship Primary was the PDP State Secretariat along Abakaliki / Enugu Expressway.
The Primary was jointly monitored by the state and Abuja teams. The monitoring exercise was coordinated by HOD EPM, INEC, Ebonyi State and the leader of Abuja Team.
“A seven-member Electoral Committee was on ground to oversee the conduct of the Primary.” Members of the Electoral Committee were listed as Engr Chris Okolo, Chairman; Olalekan Rotimi, Secretary; Barnabas O. Kunwa, Cynthia Nana Bala, Comrade Chidi Chidiebere, Mr Joseph Ode and Mrs Joy Odike as members. to declare our support while mobilising massively for Hon Joel-Onowakpo Thomas to ensure he wins the Delta South Senatorial District election,” IPRF said in the enlarged meeting According to the group, Delta South Senatorial District will be in safe hands with the experienced Harvard-trained business mogul, who has held several positions at local, state and federal government levels.
They stressed that his experience, capacity and credibility can never be challenged by any aspirant from the senatorial district. They noted that “As Chairman of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), he was able to increase internally generated revenue from 1.2 billion to over 5 billion monthly.
“JOT as he is fondly called, led a resounding campaign on human capital and infrastructural development across the entire state when he was in DBIR,” the group added. The socio-political group also noted that with the emergence of Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, they are no longer in search of a credible candidate because, in him, all the virtues needed in a worthy leader are found.
They further described him as a worthy son of Isoko Nation, Delta State and Nigeria, adding that IPRF has unwavering confidence in his ambition to provide sterling representation at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly for the people of the senatorial district.