The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Imo State, Sir Okey Ezeh has called on all opinion leaders, the mass media, civil society groups, cultural unions, faith-based organizations and the academia in the State to get actively involved in enriching the discourse on a better Imo State. He also urged them to take part in the process of redeeming the people from the clutches of bad governance and in midwifing the desired leadership which is defined by competence and credibility.
In a statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity, Okey Ezeh Campaign Organization, Prince Collins Opurozor, which was made available to newsmen at the weekend, the renowned investment banker insisted that the situation in the State has become intolerable, adding that it behoves all stakeholders to unite, brainstorm and pursue a common goal of electing a credible leadership at the polls.
Ezeh regretted that in recent times, Imo people have endured unbearable economic hardships. He further bemoaned that Imo people now live in constant fear of violent crime while those in power take no action to reassure the public and address their worries. He pointed out that physical infrastructure — roads, schools and health facilities – are in a shambles and in plain view for all to judge, even as he decried the ill-informed and misguided policies of successive administrations in the State which have eroded the economic base of the State and impeded its productive and competitive abilities.
“Accountability in the use of public funds is woefully lacking and the moral responsibility to account is completely denied the people by the government. The incumbent and successive administrations have been defined and defiled by ineptitude, youth unemployment, infrastructural dung pit, educational miasma and unconscionably high government debt profile. Governance in our State has been reduced to a charade and abuse of public trust now reigns supreme. A correction is now clearly inevitable and the job to reinvent our State falls on us all,” Ezeh said.
He also hinted that given the vast human and material resources with which the State is blessed, there is no excuse whatsoever for the festering poverty and backwardness in the State. He assured Imo people that when elected governor, the issues of unemployment, decayed infrastructure, dwindling revenues, falling educational standards and poor health facilities will be forever abandoned in the museum of history.