By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
A governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections in Imo State, Hon. Tony Chinedu Nwulu, has vowed to institute a probe to investigate dubious acquisition of lands and other properties by the Rochas Okorocha administration and other past administrations in the state with a view to retrieving such properties.
Some of the landed properties owned by the state government such as the former IBC quarters, Orji, Alvan Shell Camp, Owerri, former ministry works, Okigwe road, proposed site for new government house near Ahiajoku Centre New Owerri, amongst others were said to have been occupied by individuals.
Nwulu, who represents Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency 11 in Lagos State in the Federal House of Representatives, noted that there was need to recover state properties illegally acquired by previous administrations so that people would still have confidence in those who govern them.
According to him, “the era of impunity in government is gone, as Imo people will collectively determine their fate. There should be a paradigm shift because I will consider the entire state as one big family where no preferential treatment should be accorded to one section or zone”.
The 39-year-old federal legislator disclosed to journalists in Owerri that he is desirous to tackle the perennial developmental challenges in the state by introducing zonal development strategy whereby each of the three senatorial zones of the state shall have separate development commissions, which would be charged with the responsibility of developing their zones.
Throwing more light on his development plans, Nwulu disclosed that the idea is to allow the people of the zones to develop their places at their own pace and administrative capacity, stressing that the blame game in development had remained the function of over centralisation of power with the executive arm in the state capital.
The guber aspirant explained that he would run a simple government, which will enable his administration encourage concession of roads that would allow individuals to own their roads and operate as built, strengthen public private partnership to encourage local and international investors.
On where he draws his strength to run for the governorship, he expressed confidence in the people, saying, “God will use the Imo people to bring a change through me in the state. I draw my strength from God. He will do it the way He did it in Lagos for me to defeat an incumbent. I don’t have any political father. God is my only political father”.
It would be recalled that the legislator, initiated the “Not too Young to Run” bill passed by the National Assembly with 11 states houses of assembly endorsing it. The states are Adamawa, Ekiti, Delta, Benue, Kwara, Katsina, Enugu, Borno, Ondo, Nasarawa and Yobe.
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