The Member representing Bende Federal Constituency held a town-hall meeting with APC Local Government leaders and excos including representatives from all the wards in the constituency in preparation for the forthcoming local government congress.
The meeting which held on Sunday, 25th July, 2021 was presided by Rep. Benjamin Kalu who is the Caucus leader in Bende assisted by the deputy caucus leaders Hon. Chijioke Chukwu, Member representing Bende North State Constituency and Minority leader of the House and Hon. Chibuzo Okogbuo, Deputy Caucus leader, Bende South, Other stakeholders in attendance include;
Hon. Ngozi Chukwu, Former Local Government Executive, Bende LGA, Chief Eme Onyekaba, Former Perm Sec. Abia State, Hon. Emmanuel Trumps Eke, Chief Mike Okorie, Former Director of Finance, Min. of Agriculture, Prof. Victor Ukaogo, UNN Nsukka, Chairman Education Committee, Bende LGA, Chief Ndubuisi Anyim, Hon. Maduka Okoro, Media Aide to the Chief Whip of the Senate, Hon. Ifeanyi Adije, Special Adviser to Senate Chief Whip on Projects, Chief Slow Nnochiri, Chief Sunday Ekeocha, Pastor. Nkemka Iheukwumere, Hon. Philomena Ikwegbu, Former APC state woman leader, Hon. Paul Uche, Former Council Member, Bende LGA, Chief Daniel Akwari, Chairman Contact and Mobilization, Ben Kalu Campaign Organization and Former President, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, South Africa, Prince Ichie Okenwa, Director Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (Rtd), Okechukwu Igwo, Representative of DIG Azubuko Udah (Rtd), Lucky Phillips, Deputy Chairman, APC Bende LGA and representative of Justice Imo, Former Chief Judge of Abia State, Chief Onuegbu Onuegbu, Former APC Local Government Chairman, Williams Eme, representative of Chief Francis Egu, Former National Secretary ANPP, Sunday Arisa, Abel Ndubuisi Mbibi, Okoroafor Andrew, Clement Jerome, Emmanuel Sampson, all Local Government and Ward executives.
Speaking at the meeting, Rep. Kalu emphasized that the forthcoming congress will be characterized by the spirit of consensus and fairness, adding that unity is important to sustain the party structure in order to ensure continuous victory of the party. To this effect a 3-day visit to all the wards has been scheduled from the 27th to 30th of July in the order below;
1. Itumbauzo ward by 10am. Venue: Ndiwo village Hall.
2. Bende Ward by 1pm. Venue: Agbamụzu Modern Hall.
3. Ugwueke ward by 3pm. Venue : Amaokpeke Hall
1. Ozuakoli ward 10am Venue:
Pa Slow Residence.
2. Umuhu ward by 1pm. Venue: Amazu Hall.
3. Alayi ward by 3pm. Venue: Amokwelu Hall.
4. Umuimeyi ward by 4pm. Venue: Amaogbeke Hall.
1. Ozuitem ward by 10am. Venue: Ifeanyi adighije house.
2. Item C ward by 1pm. Venue: Ogbueke Hall.
3. Item A ward by 2pm. Venue: Egodinma Apanghnwu Hall.
4. Item B ward by 3pm. Venue Okoko item
5. Igbere A ward by 4pm. Venue: Okafia.
6. Igbere B ward by 6pm. Venue: Ohumola Hall.
He stated that the more result oriented the party is, the more cost effective activities will be. He assured the party that there will be no imposition of candidates and selection must be by agreement.
Also speaking at the meeting, Hon. Chijioke Chukwu, Member representing Bende North at the State House of Assembly and the Minority Leader of the House thanked the Rep. Kalu for his efforts in harmonizing the party in Bende and ensuring that peace and unity is sustained as this is a sure way of consistent victory.
The meeting ended on a high note as the leaders and members of the party in the local government committed to go back to their various stations in preparation to participate in a free and fair congress.
List of Local Government Executives in attendance;
Hon. Joshua Jonah Okpai – LG Chairman
Comr. Lucky Phillips – Vice Chairman
Comr. Kwubiri Cyril – LG Secretary
Comr. Nduoma Okoroafor – LG Youth Leader
Chief. Mrs. Uwaezuoke Ndukwe – LG Woman Leader.
Comr. Chibuisi Agu – LG Organizing Secretary
Comr. John Justine – Publicity Secretary
Chief. Chinedu Kanu – LG Treasurer
Comr. Chima Okorie – LG Financial Secretary