Hon. Canice Nwachukwu is a grassroots politician in Imo State and has been in active politics for a long time. He has touched several lives positively and intends to continue changing lives. He is currently an aide to Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma. In this interview with Richard Anyebe of Overtnews, he talks about what informed his decision to represent his people at the green chambers.
Can you please just give us a brief about yourself, in just a couple of seconds?
My name is Hon. High Chief Canice Chukwugozie Nwachukwu Omeogo and by the grace of God, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Orlu, Orsu, and Oru East Federal Constituency.
What can you say informed your decision to vie for the House of Representatives seat for Orlu, Orsu, and Oru East Federal Constituency?
Yes. I have to contest for such a position to make sure that our voice will be heard loud and clear in the National Assembly, so we can change the narrative by trying to create a new order by way of engaging the federal government to do some of the things that will help reduce restiveness in the federal constituency, which is where you have a lot of problems bordering on insecurity and other issues.
What makes you confident that you’re going to emerge victorious at the polls? What is the strength of your character that will stand you out to make you victorious at the polls?
The question is obvious. I am a grassroots politician, I am grounded and rooted in my federal constituency. I have been around. I have been playing the game for a very long time and a lot of people have been with me and I have been with a lot of people. I have created a lot of things that will make them vote for me. For instance, when I was in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I ran an organisation that is called Federal SURE-P Presidency. Federal SURE-P Presidency was arranged to make sure that the youths were empowered. I did it in the whole Orlu zone – that is twelve local governments. The budget was executed perfectly and all the beneficiaries got what was accrued to them.
There is this general dissatisfaction among the majority of Nigerians about the unfulfilled promises of your party at the federal level. Don’t you think this could work against you at the polls?
Well, Nigeria is among the community of nations, and restiveness and problems are all over the world. So Nigeria is not exempted from such a situation. You know, every government will come with different ideas or new leaders will emerge with their ideas. Government and governance are about creativity. So a new set of people that will emerge will always create or consolidate what the past leaders did.
I strongly believe that with the wealth of experience we have gathered based on grassroots mobilisation, all that will enhance our productivity and progress in making sure that we correct some of the things the previous leaders couldn’t deliver.
On a final note, as a would-be federal lawmaker, what will you do particularly in the area of insecurity bearing in the mind the situation of Imo state?
That is one of the most important aspects of one going to the national assembly. In that area I will softly engage the federal government to see how we can create people-oriented programmes, like skill acquisition, then engage the youths equally, by asking them to calm down then the government will now create empowerment, like poultry, piggery, fisheries, snail rearing and other things that will empower them that at the end of the day they can put food on their table. They have money to take care of their bills, and take care of their families, with that I believe that the restiveness will become a thing of the past or to a reasonable extent, will be alleviated.