In answering the call of the Igbo Youth Assembly Worldwide, Imolites and other concerned Imo citizens, Prof Gerald Ndubuisi Okeke joins the race for the November 2023 Governorship Election Of Imo State.
In a press statement titled “My Message To Imo-lites” signed by Professor Okeke Gerald Ndubuisi on 2nd March, 2023
According to the statement “answering the call to present myself as a candidate for Imo Governorship in November 2023 election in our dear State, Imo on the platform of Labour Party”.
My dear beloved brothers, sisters and follow Imo-lites, following the calls to present myself to run for the Governorship of our dear State, the Eastern Heartland, (Imo) by
well meaning citizens and reputable organizations in Imo State and beyond, more Importantly, the IGBO YOUTH ASSEMBLY WORLDWIDE.
Also, in my consideration of the various consultations with diverse interest groups, professional bodies, members of the traditional institutions, including students and market people, all of which/whom I have either directly or by proxy reached to feel their pulse these past few weeks.
That, i Prof. Gerald Ndubuisi Okeke, a Professor of Safety & Environment, a native of Umunnem Umulogho, Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State and Servant of the Most High God officially accept the call of Igbo Youth Assembly worldwide, Imolites both at home and in diaspora to present myself as an aspirant to the Office of Governor of Imo State in the 2023 Governorship election on the platform of the Labour Party.
I submit the above with cautious humility, knowing full well that politics is but a new turf for me, confidently prepared to leveraging on the experience, exposure, expertise as well as the diverse competencies and training that i have garnered in almost the last thirty-five years through which i have worked in different fields of human endeavour and participated in the highest levels of decision-making and responsibilities at various companies, blue chips, multinational bodies and multilateral institutions.
I wish to draw strength and vision from all of the above to serve the good people of Imo, provide security for them and attend to their welfare, while generally holding in trust other responsibilities that pertain to the Office of Governor in the State.
Consequent on the above, my dear Imolites and Compatriots, i have articulated the programmes of my vision, engagement and action, including the service direction of my emerging pact for the good people of our dear State.
Buoyed by the vision i have built and enunciated for the State these past months and encouraged to pursue its practical realisation by the realities on ground in our dear State.
The comprehensive document tagged, “The Triangular Development Vision: Imo State of Our Fondest Dreams”, will on a later date be unveiled and presented to Imolites after due and thorough examination.
When the above is eventually done, i hope to have the kind presence of all sectors of our demography, including students, market men and women, civil servant, security agencies , members of the traditional institutions and other non-State actors.
I, therefore, appeal for your kind indulgence to offer me your gracious partnership in this new voyage for the good of our dear state, Imo.
I am committed to be a transformative servant-leader, who will lead from the rear and support everyone of us, including the weakest among us.
This is to aim for their best and become fulfilled in the paths of life we each have chosen to undertake to our eldorado.
In This underlying vision through which i shall get Imo State to work maximmally: Develop the state and Imo people prosper.
As i wind down on this piece, i am challenging us all to take action on every conviction of our lives. We must choose to be part of whatever must be done to make for a better and greater Imo State or else we may lose our right to complain and to murmur when things go awry.
Imo people are a great breed and we must rise and reclaim our place among other compatriots of our nation, Nigeria. The first step to this is to enthrone the right leadership, one that is creatively ingenious and is humble enough to own up to mistakes, apologize and take corrections. We must have in mind that participation is key in everything we do.
“A writer once said that choosing to do nothing is in itself a decision and another said that bad leaders hold forth in leadership positions when a few good people choose to do nothing but watch”.
We must rise to take the necessary action each day. This is the sacrifice it takes to stamp out every vestige of insecurity, systemic decay and the visionless circle of poor leaderships and the perpetual slow progress we currently experience in our State.
By the grace of God, “Dee Mbakwe Ga Eme Ozo Na Imo” …Our State Shall Be Healed and the People will Rejoice!
God bless Labor Party!
God bless Imo State!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Prof. Gerald Ndubuisi Okeke,
(Bsc Environmental Studies, Msc,Energy & Petroleum, Msc, Industrial Safety Engineering, PhD, Safety & Environment; PhD, Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability, etc;)
Umunnem, Umulogho in Obowo LGA, Imo State.