By Ikenna Emejuobi
Considering the high level of marginalization meted on the good people of owerri -west previously , there was unianimous resolve in 2019 by leaders, stakeholders and the entire LGA to vote a candidate that will render effective and qualitative representation.
This decision informed their opinion as they critically weighed all the aspirants contesting for owerri -west state constituency seat.
Their interest was not about political party but rather a candidate that will not be a bench warmer once voted in.
Hon Kanayo Onyemaechi who was then the candidate of PDP had toured the entire ten political wards in owerri -west reassuring his people not to disappoint them once voted into the house of assembly.
As a man of integrity with unquestionable character and coming from a legislative background , most of “ndi ” owerri-west believed him and supported his quest.
Their decision to key into Hon Kanayo Onyemaechi’s agenda was based on his achievements as an individual and the level of capacity and competence exhibited by the aspirant.
They argued that a man who has been at the national assembly for twelve years as chief of staff to Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso cannot be a novice in the state house of assembly having been grounded in the legislative proceedings.
“Egbe eji eje ogu” I of owerri -west who had no opponent in the PDP primaries emerged as a Unity candidate for the election , a record yet to be broken.
He proceeded to the main election and won convincingly .
His victory at the polls did not come as a surprise because he was adopted by all across party divide. It is one thing to win an election and another to defend the victory at the court.
The Oforola born Legislator was dragged to court by the then APC candidate which no doubt was a source of distraction but God vindicated him and he won his case both at election petition tribunal and court of appeal.
Having pledged during his campaign to ensure all illegally acquired lands of his people by previous administration of Sen. Rochas Okorocha is retrieved, the lawmaker fought so hard and succeeded in becoming the chairman, house committee on lands and urban development so as to achieve this important task and hopefully, he has been instrumental in the recovery of lands belonging to the good people of owerri-west.
As a man who understands the business of legislation, “Egbe eji eje ogu” quickly defected to the APC after the supreme court verdict that ousted Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha and enthroned Sen. Hope Uzodinma as governor so as to maintain his position as Chairman, house committee on lands and urban development . His defection was greeted with mixed feelings but as an experienced politician, Hon. Onyemaechi who vowed not to be in opposition urged “ndi owerri-west not to panic as his defection was for their best interest.
He promised to use his defection and bring owerri -west closer to the government of Sen. Hope Uzodinma having known him over the years.
Today, that task was achieved and owerri-west is among the LGA’s that the administration of Sen Hope Uzodinma does not joke with.
To further prove to his good people that his defection was not in vain, Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi was recently elected by his APC colleagues as Majority leader of the house having first served as the APC caucus leader.
He becomes the second owerri -west house of assembly member to clinch the position after Late Hon. Ukachi Amaechi.
His emergence as majority leader is a welcomed development for the entire owerri -west who believe they have been given a sense of belonging.
There is therefore need to rejoice for this great feat which calls for more work. Before now, owerri-west has been quite unfortunate in their choice of candidates for house of assembly seat until they took a bold step in 2019 .
Sincerely, for quite a long while now, owerri -west has not had it this good.
In Hon Kanayo Onyemaechi, they made a great choice.
The new majority leader, Hon Kanayo Onyemaechi acknowledges that a greater task is before him as the number three lawmaker in the house of assembly and has already braced up to the challenges.
God’s unending grace has kept him going and all he solicites from the good people of owerri -west is support, encouragement and above all prayers to effectively shoulder the responsibilities of a Majority leader.