‘Why I Want To Represent Abia Central In Senate In 2023, Henry Ikoh, Declares; I’ve Experience, Contacts etc…To Declare Jan 3

‘Why I Want To Represent Abia Central In Senate In 2023, Henry Ikoh, Declares; I’ve Experience, Contacts etc…To Declare Jan 3

The hunger to provide quality leadership most times propels some individuals to venture into politics. Such desire precipitates the ambition to via for elective position by politicians. Such is the case of former Commissioner for Industry, Science and Technology in Abia State, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh who now wants to serve his people of Abia Central Senatorial district at the Red Chambers in Abuja come 2023.

Ikoh has seen it all in politics. He joined politics as soon as the Fourth Republic began in 1998 and was indeed an obedient lamb, learning the ropes and obeying the ethics of politics that says “Thou Shall Not Harm The Innocent”.  Ikoh, in line with this principle followed the then governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu as a lamb will do to a shepherd.

It should be noted that in 1998, Henry Ikoh, an industrialist of note abandoned his blue-chip industry, Harmony Forms Industry Limited at Ahuwa Oboro, Ikwuano LGA, Abia State to serve his people whom he says he loves so much. In fact, in order to better the lives of the Oboro Clan and indeed Ikwuano in general, he located the industry to Ahuwa Oboro to create employment and improve the lives o the village folks.

However, in 2003, he was overwhelmingly asked by his people to vie for an elective position to enable him serve them in capacity that would be more befitting. When the pressure became too much, Ikoh, with some of his compatriots, set up a campaign organization known as Our Destiny Organisation (ODO). The organisation grew in leaps and bounds, but his ambition to contest for the governorship then was thwarted by powerful forces who didn’t want him run for governor, according to him.

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The handwriting, he recalled, was all over the wall, but he insisted that he must obey the request of his people. He joined the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and maintained that he won the Primaries at the governorship level, but he was denied the ticket. The ticket was handed over to Chief Enyinnaya Abaribe whose “Otu Onu” (One Tenure) slogan vibrated the landscape then. The Our Destiny Organisation asked him to leave ANPP and he left and joined the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP).

Though he failed to win the election as Orji Kalu the then governor was reelected, he did not fight on, but returned to the fold. In 2007, he re-contested under the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) and indeed was the first politician to hoist the PPA’s flags all over the Southeast, he recalled. However, as providence would have it, he didn’t make it to the Abia seat of power, but remained steadfast to the man that later won the governorship seat.

According to him, it was that love for the then Governor T A Orji (Ochendo) that made him not to contest against him in 2011, preferring to allow him to serve two tenures as governor. But in 2015, he sought to represent his people at the House of Representatives under the Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency but was prevailed upon by then Governor T A Orji to drop the ambition and allow the incumbent, Hon Sam Onuigbo to do so.

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However, in all these, Our Destiny Organisation had expressed worry over the development and according to him, “that’s why the members insisted that I must vie for the Senatorial seat in 2023 under my present party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)”. Nevertheless, the Director-General of the Our Destiny Organisation (ODO), Hon Emmanuel Mba told thewitness Magazine that industrialists like Henry Ikoh who have supported the system and are grass root based, should be supported to represent the people of Abia Central at the Senate come 2023.

Said Mba, “this is a man that brought many people in Ikwuano into politics and each time he was asked to step down for a person, he will willingly and obediently do so and now is the time for people to step down for him”

On the agreement that the Senatorial seat should rotate between the Ukwa-Ngwa axis and Old Bende as the Old Bende son, Senator Orji is currently occupying it, Chief Ikoh said he believes that “the Ukwa-Ngwa axis should be given another eight years to complete 16 years on the governorship seat”

“If they’re there, the Abia Central Senatorial seat should remain in Ikwuano/Umuahia bloc of Abia Central and I, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, should be the rightful person to represent the people in the Senate come 2023. I have been denied tickets severally by even my brothers in Old Bende bloc and each time they do so, I’ll return to my second address, my industry.

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“That’s why it is good for politicians to have a second address, a place they should retire if elective or appointive positions are no longer there. I’m an industrialist who have a second address and people like me are entrusted with leadership at the highest level of legislative business”, he opined.

Contributing, Hon Mba, described Chief Ikoh as a man that excelled in both the public and private sectors. “As a private businessman, Chief Hon Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh established one of the thriving industries in Abia State right in his village without minding that such industries suffer some challenges in the rural areas. This is a genuine love by a man to his people.

“As a the Commissioner for Industry in Abia State, he facilitated the establishment of the Umukalika Industrial Village, Enyimba Automated Shoe Industry, Golden Guinea Breweries, Umuahia, Ovom Mechanic Village etc. What else can we say?”

To this Ikoh added, “After two terms as Commissioner, I decided not to accept another commissionership appointment. I told the governor to give the Ikwuano slot to a younger person; let me seek for something else”.

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