Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former governor of Anambra state and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election, Mr Peter Obi, yesterday led the PDP members to a special thanksgiving victory service to appreciate God for His mercies, goodness and favour during the elections particularly in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state.
The victory thanksgiving Church service held at Central School Atani, Ogbaru LGA was in honour of Senator Princess Stella Odua; Hon. Chukwuka Onyema House of Reps; Hon. Noble Igwe Ogbaru 1 and Hon. Somto Udeze Ogbaru 11, both winners of Anambra state House of Assembly.
Speaking at the event, Obi said that thanksgiving is important as there is need for everyone to be faithful to God, adding that without God it would have been impossible for PDP to achieve anything in the election.
He said, “The election has come and gone and now is the reality. We have to thank God Almighty for without Him, we would not have succeeded in the election. Whenever we have the opportunity we should show gratitude to God. We thank God for the elected representatives, those that are giving thanksgiving today and all of us.
“Thanksgiving is important and we are here to show our appreciation to God for what he did for us. We also show our appreciation to all the people who help made it possible for us to succeed, we must do something that they will appreciate.”
Obi charged the newly elected lawmakers to consider interest of the masses first and use public money for public good.
He said, “You are nearer to the people. There is no road in Ogbaru and so many areas need to be revived again. There is a lot of work to be done in Ogbaru constituency.
“So many people are hungry, so many things are happening to Nigeria. Let those who are in power today please use public money for public good. Our children are not working because there is no job. People are not working while some are working and suffering. We have to know that it is time to work as we are nearer to the people.”
Speaking about the case at the Tribunal, Obi reassured that all hope is not lost as the court case is still on and they will not give up. He said that INEC must provide the server they used for the election, because they know what they used to do the election adding that they used the server for the election and must provide it.
In his sermon, Bishop of Ogbaru Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Prosper Amah lauded the people for recognising God by setting aside the day to appreciate His mercy and love.
Bishop Amah said that thanksgiving is a necessity describing it as an act of appreciation and gratitude for God’s divine favour.
He reminded Christians that denominationalism is inconsequential when it comes to eternity as everyone must appear before God whether rich or poor. Politics has come and gone but our life remains.
Speaking to journalists, the Senator representing Anambra North at the National Assembly, Stella Odua, said that the essence of being in the senate is to make laws that will brighten and better the lives of the people as well as laws that will breed good governance adding that any nation that is not governed by law cannot progress.
Senator Odua disclosed why she will continue to empower the youths. According to her, “youth empowerment is to ensure that we do human capital development”. She said that nothing else can work except people are empowered. “To develop the people we must empower them to empower others,” she noted.
Also, member representing Ogbaru at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Prince Chukwuka Onyema, assured his constituents in Ogbaru of quality representation, adding that he will assist in attracting projects to communities and towns in Ogbaru constituency. He said that he has good knowledge of the needs of the people of Ogbaru and will work towards them.
Meanwhile, member representing Ogbaru constituency II at the state House of Assembly, Hon. Somto Udeze, attributed his victory to God adding that his victory is a sign of good thing to visit his constituency. He said that insecurity is a monster that had eaten deep into the society but assured that he will work with the executive in the best way to handle the security situation in the state.
Earlier, Hon. Igwe Noble Nonso who represents Ogbaru constituency 1 at the state house of Assembly said that his constituency has suffered continued neglect from the state government without single government presence.
The lawmaker who disclosed this to newsmen said Ogbaru constituency 1 has suffered neglect with bad roads and no good drainages. He said there is no way his constituency will be part of the state without getting fair share of what the state gets.
In his remark, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, former Anambra state SSG and PDP Governorship standard-bearer in Anambra 2017 election expressed confidence in the newly elected representatives adding that they are qualified and competent people who know their mandate.
He however charged them to give back to the people even as Ogbaru was the only local government area in Anambra State that delivered winning results for its candidates starting from Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives and to the House of Assembly.