In his bid for his political party (All Progressives Congress) to take absolute control of Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha of the state has endorsed billionaire businessman and contractor, Chief Felix Chidi Idiga (JAFAC) for the Orlu Senatorial seat come 2015.
This is even as the Secretary to the Government of Imo State(SGI), Prof. Anthony Anwukah, has openly stepped down his much touted senatorial ambition, to enable Chief Idiga clinch the seat.
Chief Idiga will be doing battle with the incumbent member representing Orlu Zone in the Senate, Chief Hope Uzodinma, member representing Ideato State Constituency, Mrs. Eudora Igwe(Okwesilieze) as well as many others, who are working hard to go to the senate.
Speaking at the grand finale of Chief Idiga’s empowerment scheme at Amaifeke, Orlu, Governor Okorocha described Chief Idiga as a genuine businessman who has used his wealth to attract developmental projects to every nook and cranny of Imo State.
The governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Sir Jude Ejiogu said, “It’s important we acknowledge our sons that are genuine. There are too many fakes who use government offices to cover up. We must not allow such people to continue.
“JAFAC has used his personal money to develop Orlu, Oguta, Mbaise, Emekuku, Mbano, name them. If he can do much using his private resources, you can imagine what will happen when he represents you. You have to ensure absolute freedom by supporting him.
“He is the kind of people Orlu people will send to the Senate to be able to get their due from the federal government, not those who will use your money to buy Range Rover Jeeps to big men while those who voted continue to wallow in poverty”.
The governor’s endorsement caused Prof. Anwukah to drop his senatorial ambition to run for the seat.
Speaking at the event, the former Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University(IMSU), said he decided to drop his ambition to enable a more capable person represent the zone.
According to Prof. Anwukah, as a private person, Chief Idiga had outclassed most elected representatives in terms of providing infrastructural development.
“But, some of our brothers are in Abuja, collecting our money without working for us. We definitely need a change because a bad man is a bad man any day”.
In his speech, Chief Idiga said he had attracted over 50 road and electricity projects to the state especially, Orlu Zone.
He regretted that most of those roads had been claimed in the papers by some Abuja-based politicians as their achievements in the last three years.
Apparently alluding to Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief Idiga said “I have a wife and family. I don’t take other people’s wives. JAFAC has been in existence since the last 30 years and people all over know that I’m a genuine businessman. I fought hard for every thing i have.
“We’re not coming to dash our people dollars, but we’re coming to help them make the dollars. If God helps us, our children will be source of livelihood for their parents”.
Chief Idiga who had been empowering thousands of the people of the zone through JAFAC Foundation, stated that, the essence was not political, but to assist in reducing poverty in the land.