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2023: Wife Of Ondo Governor Joins Imo East Senatorial Race

Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the wife of the Ondo State Governor, has declared her intention to run for the position of Senator, Imo East senatorial district in the 2023 elections. Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who made the call while addressing newsmen in Owerri, said her decision to run for Senate stems from a desire to correct the perceived neglect of the area by successive administrations.

According to the First Lady, the level of neglect had ensured that the area remained remote despite the rapid urbanisation of other parts of the state. She also lamented the lack of standard medical facilities in the area and the number of preventable deaths occasioned by the situation. She, therefore, stressed the need to look into the problem and proffer solutions such as improving the quality of life of the people.

She stated that her desire to do this stemmed from a deep-seated interest in the goings-on in her community and the desire to change the narrative. She added that she had demonstrated her ability to handle the position with the many developmental projects she already attracted to the area in the past. “I have a deep interest in human capital development and a deep-seated desire to improve the lives of my people from Imo State.

“Although my matrimonial leaning is in Ondo, I have ensured that my developmental projects as the wife of a sitting governor are extended to my maiden state. I have attracted the construction of a 10.5-kilometre road worth N1.6bn from the Niger Delta Development Commission and it is currently under construction. I have also sponsored no fewer than 2000 girls with technological knowledge with a special focus on Information Communication Technology among others,” she said.

The wife of the governor further called for support from well-meaning Imo people and Nigerians at large to enable her to bring her plans to fruition. Speaking, Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Imo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Chris Njoku, thanked Mrs Akeredolu for her good works in the state. “We have noticed your good works, your people-friendly initiatives which are positively impacting on our people and we pledge our continued collaboration to ensure that more democratic dividends come to our people”, he said.

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