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A group of youthful PDP members from the South-South under the umbrella of the South-South Mandate Support have kick-started the campaign for the nomination of Governor Peter Odili.....
A group of youthful PDP members from the South-South under the umbrella of the South-South Mandate Support have kick-started the campaign for the nomination of Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State as president in 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The youths who stormed Owerri Tuesday on the first stop of their campaign to build bridges of support for the Odili ticket arrived to a rousing reception.
Addressing members of the Peoples Democratic Party at the Imo State PDP party Secretariat, the leader of the team, Mr. George Buriowu said they were in the State to solicit the understanding of the people of Imo State for the South-South position on the presidency, and equally spread the gospel of Governor Odili's bid for the top job.
Buriowu told the teeming crowd that members of the South-South Mandate Support were in the State to appeal to the Imo people to be part of the struggle to enthrone Governor Odili as president in 2007.
The youth leader who acknowledged that Governor Odili's style of administration has impacted on several Nigerians reminded the people that Governor Odili is legitimately part of the State given his marriage to their daughter
Buriowu stressed that Odili was the only one who could bring soaring development to the people of the South-South, South East and other parts of the country and recalled sterling qualities which he said had made the Rivers governor the nation's golden governor.
In his reaction, the PDP chairman of Imo State, Prince M.O. Nlemigbo thanked members of the team for the move and expressed happiness that the Odili train has eventually gotten to the State.
Nlemigbo emphasized that the people of Imo State are progressive minded and assured the visitors of total support.
The team then moved to pay a courtesy call on a traditional ruler in the State, His Royal Highness, Eze Innocent C. Okpara, the Eze Ugo II of Orji Urata Autonomous Community, Owerri.
At the palace, Mr. Buriowu noted that the visit was a sign of respect for the important place of the traditional institution and the role that natural rulers play in the scheme of things.
He explained that the move into Owerri was primarily designed to take the Odili gospel to the people of the State.
Buriowu further remarked that the resolve of the people of the South-South to champion the cause of the Odili project is anchored on the consideration that Odili is one governor who has left an indelible legacy in the psyche of every one with whom he has come in contact.
He urged the royal father to assist in the great effort to transform Nigeria and lay the foundation for justice, fairness and equity by joining those who reason rightly it is time to give the South-South and Governor Peter Odili a shot at the presidency.
In his remark, Eze Innocent Okpara thanked the South-South Mandate Support and assured he would bring the request of the South-Southerners before the community's leadership.
He prayed for the actualization of Governor Odili's bid for the presidency and said the time had come for Nigerians to stand by the truth in order to guarantee stability in the nation's body politics.
The campaign train moved on to address members of the public gathered in the Owerri metropolis.
Speaking, Chief Akalaonu Clifford, Coordinator of the project in the South East declared that the choice of Odili is the only viable decision, which could help change the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
Chief Clifford informed the people that the Odili mandate project is aimed at taking the gospel of a mature choice to the people, stating that the mission of the team was to create a pact between the people of the South East and the South-South.
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