Amby Uneze in Owerri
A Lagos socialite and renowned entrepreneur, Chief Charles Ahize has bowed to pressures from his senatorial district and political associates to run for the Imo West senatorial district (Orlu zone), election next year to replace Senator Hope Uzodinma.
A body known as the â€˜Orlu Zone Integrity Groupâ€™ had earlier made a clarion call on Ahize to join active politics and also to aspire for the senatorial position of the zone.
Ahize, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party while addressing his supporters at his ward in Ihioma, said â€œWe are here for practical reality and no longer rumour or imagination on where we are going in respect of your clarion call on me to come out and salvage our zone from poor, ineffective and quackery representation at the red chambersâ€™.
The aspirant, who is also a University of Lagos trained lawyer, decried the growing rate of poverty and destitution ravaging his people and pledged to reverse the development if elected as a Senator.
â€œI hate injustice and inequity with passion and I hate to see people suffer and this is why I have continued to use my personal resources to put smiles on the faces of the poor and the needy and if I receive your votes to be a senator, I will raise my generosity and magnanimity to a higher bar. I have always defended the interest, welfare and aspiration of Ndigbo in Lagos and I believe in politics without bitterness.
â€œPDP is now a new party and representation in Abuja cannot be done out of sympathy but on meritâ€, he stated.
With local and international connections coupled with enviable relationship with the leadership of the senate, Ahize boasted that this places him at a vantage position to give the people what they want.
The Chancellor Orlu Zone Integrity Group, Chief Umuahi Onwuemenyi extolled Ahize as an employer of labour, a successful manager of human and material resources, a high pedestal trail blazer and a philanthropist of immense magnitude.
â€œThis yearning for him was essentially borne out of the considerations of his overflowing pedigree intimidating administrative track records and milestone achievementsâ€, he stated.