The Social Democratic Party candidate for Ohaji/Egbema state constituency seat in the 2023 election, Honourable Onyiriuka Stanley, has expressed delight over the just concluded Iri Ji festival and has urged the people of Ohaji Local Government Area of Imo State, to sustain the cultural festival in the community.
Onyiriuka made said this while speaking with journalists during the Iri Ji Ohaji 2022 cultural festival (yam festival), which held at Ohaji District Headquarters, Umuokanne, on Saturday, a statement by Liberation Mandate Media’s Ikenna Orioha, disclosed.
The assembly candidate said it was important the community sustained the culture, so that many good things will be gained and enjoyed for even development.
The festival had the theme, Idi N’otu Na Oganihu, which is interpreted; Unity and Progress of Ohaji.
Onyiriuka said the yam festival propagates unity, love, peace and cordiality among the people and is also an opportunity for the people to brainstorm on positive ways forward for the enclave.
He added, “I and my supporters are happy to have graced the Iri Ji cultural festival of Ohaji. We are also joyous that the festival is attended by people from far and near including the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, Speaker of Imo Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emeka Nduka, Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze E.C Okeke and Minister of Education (State), Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah.”
Onyiriuka urged the government to address the issues of flooding, bad roads, unemployment among others, adding that he would facilitate development in the LGA if elected in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
He said, “I also use this medium to ask government to urgently address the issues of flooding, deplorable roads, lack of electricity, poor healthcare delivery, unemployment among other needs debilitating the people who produce the wealth of Imo State.
“My election into the assembly will facilitate development at Ohaji/Egbema. For this reason, I appeal to all indigenes of our state constituency to see me qualified, as well as having the capacity to deliver and give your mandate in 2023.
“I will not fail you nor take you for granted. May God continue to bless, keep and direct the good people of Ohaji/Egbema as they work in unison and the fear of God to advance better living opportunities.”