By Douglas Okoro
Forum for Good Leadership in Ebonyi (FGLE) has declared support for Dr Paul Okorie, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ebonyi.
Okorie is among leading APC’s contenders for the governorship position in 2019.
The Group Coordinator, Mr Boniface Igwe, made declaration at a briefing in Abakaliki on Monday.
Igwe said that the group would throw its weight behind Okorie if given his party’s nomination.
He said that the group’s support for Okorie’s emergence was predicated on his leadership track record and achievements as a Commissioner in the state.
Igwe said that the group is non partisan but that it is committed to promoting and entrenching good leadership and qualitative governance in all aspects of political leadership.
He noted that Okorie’s leadership prowess manifested during his tenure as the General Manager of the Ebonyi Water Corporation, where he made epileptic public water supply regular and uninterrupted.
Igwe said that the APC governorship aspirant demonstrated similar sterling leadership quality when he was appointed as Commissioner for Works and Transportation under Gov. Sam Egwu led-administration.
He also said that former Gov. Martin Elechi appointed Okorie, as the pioneer Commissioner for Environment, which was created by the administration.
“At a time our state is seriously in search of a leader to steer the ship of the state. The best man for the job is a man with right leadership skill, selfless and patriotic.
“Okorie has demonstrated these qualities because of his achievements in those sectors that he had presided over.
“The edifice housing the offices of Ebonyi Ministry of Water Resources was built by Okorie as a general manager of the defunct Ebonyi Water Corporation.
“He also built the Works and Transportation office complex as Commissioner for Works, Transportation and Housing.
“We have carried a discreet investigation into the political and leadership credentials of the other governorship aspirants and discovered that Okorie is the man fit for the job.
“We are appealing to his party, APC to field him because he belongs to grassroots and remains the only person who can defeat the incumbent Gov. Dave Umahi.
“We are sadden by leadership failure of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), hence our clamour for leadership change,’’ Igwe said.
He said that the group had embarked on sensitisation in the 13 Local Government Areas to mobilise all eligible electorate to register and obtain their voter cards to enable them to vote.
“Power belongs to the people hence we are persuading our people who are of voting age to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration to go and register and obtain their Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
“We are committed to positive change in our state and we want every eligible adult voter to be part of the change we all need by participating in choosing who becomes the next governor of the state,” Igwe added.