By Miracle Enuji
A Pan Ndokwa Nation group and Political movement in Delta State, Odoziani Support Group has been described as the new force in Delta politics following its resolute support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and massive mobilization of voters in the last general elections.
The group founded in 2016 by Sir Monday John Onyeme, Chairman of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) and current District Governor, Lions Club District 404A1, boasts of over 50, 000 members in Ndokwa Nation and across Delta State.
Appraising the activities of the group prior and during the 2019 elections, Mr. Possible Solomon Ajede-Akpotohwo Esq., Facilitator, Odoziani Support Group for Ukwuani Local Government Area, applauded the visionary leadership of Sir Monday Onyeme in courting the formidable group which is now a movement largely reckoned with in the Delta State, as clearly seen in its contribution towards the success of the reelection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and of all PDP candidates in Ndokwa Nation.
Barr Ajede revealed that the cult followership of Odoziani Support Group is rooted in the philanthropic lifestyle of Sir Onyeme who has left his imprimatur in the sands of time with his quest to bringing development to Ndokwa Nation, unrelenting assistance to Ndokwa Sons and Daughters and demonstration of love for the down trodden in Anioma and Delta State.
He stated that the group which was formed years before the 2019 elections, was driven by the vision of Sir Onyeme in reaching out to the less privileged in the society but threw its massive support for Governor Okowa’s reelection and PDP victory at large, having seen the giant strides of Governor Okowa in job creations, massive road constructions, urban renewal projects, revamping of the education and health sectors and other purposeful development drives across the length and breadth of the State.
The legal practitioner recalled that the group which has overwhelming support base in Ika, Warri, Sapele, Ogwashi Uku and Asaba, was visible at the different campaign rallies and passionately engaged in ramping up voters awareness especially in the Three (3) local government areas in Ndokwa Nation towards the 2019 polls. “In the past election, for the PDP candidates; from the Presidential candidate down to the House of Assembly candidates, we mobilized massively starting from the point when the Voters were been registered. We set up a committee to go round the whole wards and round the different chapters across Delta State where we have our members. We sensitized not only the members of our group but also reached out to every other person. By the time we left that area of Voters education, we also moved to another stage, we started encouraging people, providing buses for them, provided food and other logistics to get them registered. In fact, we were going down from family to family, ward to ward to sensitize the people on the need to go and vote.”
Barr Possible Ajede differed that Odoziani Support Group will not grind to halt just like other political groups which goes comatose after every electioneering era. “We are not just a political group, the group is going to continue. Our existence is based on the vision of helping the down trodden, bringing development to Ndokwa and rescuing the people of Ndokwa Nations from the shackles of poverty which is in tandem with Governor Okowa’s prosperity agenda for all Deltans. Our next line of action will soon be made public.”
Riding on the group’s achievements specifically in the area of empowerment programmes across Ndokwa Land in the past three years, Ajede maintained that the contributions of Sir Monday Onyeme in affecting the lives of people positively since his years of service in the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba and National Open University (NOUN), have also been sustained even in his present position as the Chairman of the State Board of Internal Revenue and as Governor of Lions Club, District 404A1.
He listed some of the philanthropic gestures of Sir Monday Onyeme to include, creation of massive employment opportunities for Ndokwa sons and daughters, provision of educational materials worth millions of naira for pupils and students, scholarship packages, distribution of body wears, food items, cash sums, investments in healthcare, pipe-borne water, and several basic human needs and assistance for the people of Ndokwa Nation and countless Deltans. “The name Sir Monday Onyeme is empowerment personified”, Ajede submitted.
He called on members of Odoziani Support Group to remain committed to the driving vision as laid down by Sir Onyeme, adding that, hence they delivered in protecting and projecting the interest of the group in the last election, the present administration will favour them.
On the recent appointments of Ndokwa Sons in the present administration in the State, Barr Ajede felicitated with Hon Festus Ochonogor and Hon Ossai Chika, commissioner designates and congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the successful inauguration of his second term.
While commending Governor Okowa for considering Ndokwa Nation in his first set of appointments into the State Executive Council for his second term, he prayed the Governor to consider the service of more Ndokwa sons and daughters in other offices.
Ajede further congratulated Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator representing Delta North, Rt. Hon Ossai Nicholas Ossai, Lawmaker representing Ndokwa Federal Constituency at the National Assembly and the trio of the new Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, member representing Ukwuani constituency, Hon Charles Emetulu and Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi, members representing Ndokwa West and Ndokwa East respectively, noting that, the mobilization of Odoziani Support Group for their elections, contributed to their overwhelming victories.
He urged them to deliver on their mandates and attract developmental projects to Anioma and Ndokwa.