By Jude Atupulazi
A frontline House of Representatives aspirant for Aguata Federal Constituency, Rtn Engr Dom Okafor, KSM, has formally declared his aspiration to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Okafor, CEO of Jocaro Nig Limited, made this declaration during his visit to the State Working Committee of APGA at the party's state secretariat in Awka, August 24.
Engr Okafor who donated a 30 KVA generator to the state party secretariat, appreciated the dedication of the state working committee and their commitment to the party, noting that it helped in ensuring the overwhelming victory of the governor in the last guber election.
He said his background as a Rotarian had moulded him into the man he had become, as well as knowing what it meant to serve others. This, he noted, was what motivated him to contest for the Federal House under APGA, a party he described as a brand.
'I'm willing to use my network to expand all over if given the opportunity to fly the party's flag,' Engr Okafor who supported the party with cash donation and other gift items assured.
The declaration later turned into an endorsement of sorts by those present. In his contribution a front line political stakeholder from Aguata Local Government, and Director of Publicity, Aguata Stakeholders Consultative Assembly, Rtn Chief Franklin Onyeneke, KSJ, extolled what he termed the excellent pedigree of Engr Okafor whom he dubbed the heartbeat of Aguata Federal Constituency.
Chief Onyeneke stated that what the area needed now was a breath of fresh air which Okafor represented and urged the party to do whatever it takes to ensure that such a man got the ticket.
'We in Aguata will appreciate your magnanimity towards him, and on our part we will do the needful,' he said.
Another stakeholder and one of the early financiers of APGA since formation in 2002, Chief Finbarrs the APGA family in Aguata Local Government.
Ofordum, who lamented what he called the abandonment of the people by those he financed into offices when APGA was taking root, thus endorsed Engr Okafor, contending that he had been serving the community, the church and his people, and had equally contributed immensely in re-energising the APGA family in Aguata Local Government.
He said that having suffered and invested heavily for the growth of APGA in the area, what he demanded now from the party was for it to support Okafor.
'I have suffered tremendously for the growth of APGA in Anambra, I have invested heavily financially, I have sponsored many candidates who won elections, including the current members of Anambra House of Assembly for Aguata 1 & 2 Constituencies. I have been kidnapped, paid out millions in ransom, but have not benefitted anything from APGA. Not that I wanted anything from them; but now, I demand one thing from APGA: Support Engr Dom Okafor to emerge APGA candidate,' he said, noting that it would make him happy.
The Aguata Local Government chairman of APGA, Chief O.C.J. Ezechukwu, during his comments praised the efforts of Engr Okafor for energizing the APGA family in Aguata, pointing out that Okafor had contributed immensely, to the growth of APGA.
'Engr Dom has also donated a generator to Igboukwu Ward 1 office of APGA, just the way he did to the newly established Divisional Police rations have brought a lot of impetus into the Aguata Federal Constituency APGA family and a lot of the people from Aguata now see APGA as the party of choice,' the chairman concluded. Post at Igboukwu.
Summarily, Engr Dom Okafor's aspirations have brought a lot of impetus into the Aguata Federal Constituency APGA family and a lot of the people from Aguata now see APGA as the party of choice,' the chairman concluded.
For his part, the state chairman of the party, Chief Sir Norbert Obi, praised the efforts of Dom Okafor and his contributions and efforts in energizing the party in Aguata and assured him of a level playing ground during the party primaries.
Engr Okafor was eulogized for his initiative in organizing the ''know-Ourselves-Dinner" where all the aspirants for Federal House and House of Assembly gathered in his country home and were feted in an atmosphere of conviviality, with Okafor charging all to take the contest as a family affair.
Present during the event were all members of Dom Okafor Support Group; a stakeholder and one time council chairmanship aspirant, Chief Okoli, from Isuofia; Dr Kenneth Anozie; the Executive Secretary of Greater Orumba & Aguata Development Association, Chief Chibuike Umeanuka, and many others.