Imo state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 elections, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has announced Oguta – born former member of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona as his running mate.
Ihedioha, who unveiled Irona after wide consultations with critical stakeholders expressed confidence in the ability of the former lawmaker to deliver on the mandate.
According to a Press statement signed by the Director General of Ihedioha Campaign Organisation, Dr. Vin Udokwu, the Ihedioha/Irona ticket “would stimulate a desirable path to the expected liberation and rebuilding of Imo”
Hon. Gerald Irona’s political career rose from being a two-term Councilor representing Oguta Ward A in Oguta Local Government Legislative house, to member of the State House of Assembly. He was also executive Chairman of Oguta Local Government Area and later, member of the lower chamber of the National Assembly, where he was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Gas Resources.
He is a Chemical Engineer by training, a grassroots mobilizer and a good governance advocate.
Below is the detailed press statement on Irona’s choice as running mate, signed by Dr. Vin Udokwu, Director General, Ihedioha campaign organization:
IHEDIOHA NAMES GERALD IRONA AS RUNNING MATE
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate of Imo state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has named Hon. Gerald Irona as his running mate for the 2019 gubernatorial election. His nomination was a product of a wude-rangijg consultation with relevant stakeholders across the state.
Born in August 1st 1966, Hon Irona, an Engineer by training, until his nomination is the party’s National Deputy Financial Secretary. He was a member of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015 where he served as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Gas Resources and demonstrated high level of legislative competence.
He was also a member of Imo State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003 where he chaired the House Committee on Petroleum, Environment and Energy. He was appointed Chairman Transition Committee of Oguta Local Council and was elected Executive Chairman of the Council between 2004 and 2007
His grassroots base became manifest greatly in his early political career when in 1996 and 1997 he was elected a two-term councilor of Oguta Ward A.
Hon. Irona obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Imo state University. He has Higher National Diploma and Ordinary National Diploma in Chemical Engineering obtained from the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and College of Technology now Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri respectively.
Hon. Irona has Oxford University postgraduate certificate in Leadership; Raleigh University, North Carolina, United States Postgraduate Certificate in Budgeting and Budget Control.
He attended Priscilla Memorial Secondary School, Oguta, between 1980 and 1985 where he was the Senior Prefect of the school.
Some of his laurels include: 1993 NYSC National Honours, Jigawa State; Most Outstanding, Friendly and Accommodating Imo Member House of Representatives (2011-2015)
Hon Irona is a devout Catholic, humble, youthful, a versatile administrator, prudent financial manager with profound knowledge in governance and inter-governmental relations
This ticket would stimulate a desirable path to the expected liberation and rebuilding of Imo
Dr. Vin Udokwu
Director General, Ihedioha Campaign Organization
22nd October, 2018