By Ken Gbados.
Who Represents Owerri West State Constituency in 2023 does not necessarily need to be answered by the Governor, the bigwigs of various political parties jostling for the soul of Imo State’s democracy. It must be answered by everyone who yearns for a better representation and good governance.
A few weeks to the commencement of Electioneering campaigns of Political Parties wishing to participate in the 2023 General Elections, the political atmosphere is stirring. Calculations and permutations are changing at a fast pace. Leading contenders and pretenders are on their feet aligning, re-aligning, and oiling their political machines in readiness for the election.
However, not until the general elections are conducted, does nobody know who makes it to the next Imo State Assembly. Most of the political parties have fielded names of their flag bearers for the Imo House of Assembly elections come 2023. While some are political gamblers waiting for political appointments, others want to make a change in the state if democratically elected without party politics or otherwise.
Amid these highly respected party flag bearers comes Mr. Rogers Nwoke; the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Owerri West State Constituency, whom experts have described as a perfect example of a social reforms advocate and a bridge builder, who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind a, most individual from achieving their dreams.
Mr. Rogers Nwoke seems to be riding on the crest of the desire of the people of Owerri West Constituency of Imo State for qualitative legislation/oversight functions in a way that promotes service delivery and a better standard of living for the people. He is a successful entrepreneur, an astute politician, and an administrator of repute. A boardroom guru with a wealth of experience, he has a proven record of success in administrative governance and business management.
Hon. Nwoke has received several recognitions in Nigeria and abroad for his impact on society but the reward for his excelling contributions to a better society is not just in the plagues that dote around the wall, but it is in seeing the less privileged cared for, seeing equity on wealth distribution. Supporting youths to build back their economic and social life are some of the projects that fire up his passion.
Pragmatically, it is believed that Mr. Rogers’ candidacy, among other things, is meant to enhance inclusiveness in elections as he would bring a progressive ideology and agenda to legislative/oversight functions.
Thus, for political observers, the ambition of Mr. Rogers to contest for the Owerri West Constituency of Imo State in the 2023 General Elections is timely, with a strong belief that alongside other equally progressive minds, he will exhibit what true representation of the people should be.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “you have to be the change you want to see”, and “Rogers has been adjudged fit by different stakeholders in Imo State and beyond to bring the desired dynamism to the Imo State House of Assembly.
Prominent among them is the foremost youth group; Imo Youth Assembly (IYA), Abuja, which described Rogers Nwoke as one who believes that there is a connection between the youths and national integration.
“We want representatives who that the role of the youths on national development and sustainable peace cannot be overemphasized. The wheel of development of any country lies on the shoulder of how productive and creative the youthful populations are.
“This is because the youths in any society are the engine of growth and development as they provide the labor force for the production of goods and services to take effect. In addition, they are the critical masses of people, whose action and inaction can develop or destroy the hegemonies/fabrics of their society.
“Therefore, having observed Mr. Rogers Nwoke’s progressive engagements as a politician and philanthropist from Imo state and also one who has practically and consistently engaged the youths in terms of capacity development, empowerment and upgrade, we believe that he will provide the needed legislative oversight that will benefit the youths”, IYA posited in a statement.
Hence, it is another defining historical moment of political realism, realignments, and bridge-building for the good people of Owerri West State Constituency and Imo State at large. Today’s decisions have got far-reaching implications for our future, both as a constituency and as a State.
- Ken Gbados is a Media and Research Strategist (for reactions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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