By Charles Kalu
Women’s Rights and Good Governance Advocate, Chief Mary Ikoku has picked forms for the race for House of Representatives to represent Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal constituency in Abia State in the 2023 general elections.
The Founder of the Emerge Women Development Initiative obtained the expression of interest form and the nomination form at the APC National Secretariat,Abuja
Chief Mary Ikoku told journalists that; “She was desirous of ensuring quality representation of her people”.
“My people have endured over 20 years of misrule and have remained without any visible developmental experience, yet there have been those who have led the state in the past and present, yet youths have remained without jobs, women are left to struggle while men have to go through rough paths to cater for their families”.
Mrs Ikoku goes on say that; “I have come to show the way and put more smiles on the faces of our people more than I have done through my philanthropic programmes”.
She said it’s high time she stepped out to take the challenge and make more positive impact on her people.
“Over the years, I have sat like many, on the side lines of politics, just doing little I can, but I have come to realise by my various interactions and work within my community and in development institutions, that there is room to do and achieve much more that will positively impact on the people and our communities”.
“It is my belief that to be solely satisfied with personal comfort in the midst of the retrogression of our society amidst growing poverty is not only being selfish but grossly underutilizing the talents and abilities that God has given us to serve and contribute meaningfully to the development of our community and nation. This personal philosophy has greatly influenced and channeled my thoughts and actions”
“My vision and commitment in this endeavor is for the people. Beyond politics, it is my passion to feel and understand the pulse of the people-our thoughts, expectations and understanding the course set before us and the way forward ”
“We have endured governance that has for too long been less than capable of delivering it’s promises or meeting the desires of the people for basic development”.
“We have groped in the dark for far too long. I am Nwanyi Bu Ihe, Ihe Ga Adi Na Arochukwu Ohafia Federal constituency come 2023. I am a Strong Voice for our Constituency, I will speak for you and represent you well”.