Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has commended the people of Bende Local Government Area for honoring their daughter and former Member representing Bende Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje
The Governor made the commendation during a civic reception organised in her honour at the Bende LGA headquarters. He said the reception would serve as a tonic to propel her do more in uplifting the polity of Bende, Abia and Nigeria in general. He said hosting the former federal lawmaker shows that Bende people are knowledgeable and urged them to rally round her.
Governor Ikpeazu used the opportunity to reiterate that he would sustain his membership of the PDP as it is the party that has favoured Ndị Igbo greatly, pointing out that it is the PDP that gave the South East the Senate Presidency for, made an Igbo man the Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police, among others unlike the APC that has no space for the Igbo man. He said the event has many significants including the fact that Bende LGA is the gateway to Abia North and that Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje places Abia State above her personal interests.
The Governor saluted the youths of Bende Local Government Area for recognizing the works of the former Member representing Bende Federal Constituency for her good works.
Also, the Deputy Governor stated that the absence of Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje in the party has affected the party but by her coming back, the PDP in Bende would wear a good look. He said if Bende is strong again, Abia North will be stronger.
Contributing, the Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji urged the Governor to rebuild Bende PDP around Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje and said that she has the capacity to regain the confidence of the party in the LGA. He maintained that Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje is duty-bound to rebuild Bende PDP.
In their various speeches, some stakeholders in Bende LGA including Hon. Emmanuel Ndubuisi of the State House of Assembly, Barr. James Okpara, Chief Gabriel Okereke Elendu and Chief B. A Meregini
appreciated the Governor’s efforts in fixing Abia State. They said Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje is an exceptional politician, who did her best and gave the Bende people a humble service and deserves to be rewarded. They thanked the youths for the arranging the event and said that her home coming would help in building PDP in Bende LGA
In an address, the Chairman Organizing Committee and Deputy Chairman Bende LGA, Hon. Promise Uzoma Okoro said the youths of Bende in conjunction with Abia Democratic Initiative considered it imperative to celebrate Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje for her contributions in Bende Federal Constituency. He described her as the Commander of the first eleven in Bende politics and assured that the youths would continue to support her to bring about development.
Responding, the celebrant, Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje is said she was overwhelmed by the honour done her by both the Governor and Bende people. She said PDP is backand that she, in collaboration with the people have the responsibility of building back Bende, assuring that she is committed to ensuring that PDP bounces back in Bende LGA. She thanked the Bende people, describing Bende as the gateway to Abia North.
The event featured conferment of a chieftaincy title of ADA UKWU BENDE by Bende Council of Traditional Rulers led by Eze Uwakwe Ukaegbu.
Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
12th May, 2021.