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peaceful agrarian community in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta
State was agog on Monday evenin, 28th November, 2011 as men, women
and youths in the town came out enmasse to welcome their illustrious daughter,
Dr. Mrs. Isioma Okobah. The ceremony
which took place at the popular “White House, along Palace Road, Igbodo witnessed a large
turn out of Igbodo indigenes from the different quarters that make up the
The meeting which
was scheduled for 4:pm in the evening was a thank you one by Dr. Mrs. Isioma
Okobah with her dear people of Igbodo for all the support, encouragement and
prayers for her in last April general elections, when she contested to represent Ika nation at the
Federal House of Representatives.
Before Dr. Mrs.
Okobah arrived the venue of the ceremony, different groups including women and
youths were seen gathered discussing about her generosity and patriotic zeal. Qualities by which they say, if given the
opportunity to represent Ika interest in Abuja,
she will certainly excel.
Upon Dr. Mrs.
Okobah’s arrival, youths carrying placards with different inscriptions written
on them and singing solidarity songs accompanied her convoy from the
Benin/Asaba express way, down to White House venue of the ceremony. Some of the placards read “Dr. Mrs. Isioma
Okobah our Pride”, “Okobah Our Shepherd,” “Okobah you are Welcome We Love You”. In her thank you speech,
Dr. Mrs. Okobah expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all Igbodo people at home
and abroad for the huge support, encouragement and prayers for her during her
In her words,” I
have come to say thank you, my dear people of Igbodo for your support,
encouragement and prayers in the last April general elections. All of you have
made me proud and at the same time proved to me that you really love me. I have
the development of Igbodo and our people at heart. I will not relent until the
dream and vision I have for my people come to reality.”
On the House of
Representatives re-run election coming up in Ika North-East next year Dr. Mrs.
Okobah said she is not stepping down for anybody since she did not do that from
the beginning, despite the pressures on her to step down. “If they call us for
a re-run election, I will participate. But for now, nothing to say on the
re-run until the ruling of the Court of Appeal.” Dr. Mrs Okobah stated.
her 3 point agenda of quality education, quality healthcare and woman/youth
empowerment, she said she will continue to contribute her own quota to the
development of Ika nation.
On the question,
whether she supports Federal Government’s plan to remove fuel subsidy starting
from January next year, Dr. Mrs. Okobah said this is the wrong time to take
such a decision. She maintained that if fuel subsidy is removed, it is going to
cause untold hardship on the lives of many Nigerians, particularly the poor ones.