Remain Focused, Okere Charges Youths, Ukebe Wins Unity Cup

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State, Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere, has charged youths to remain focused and carry their academics along side with their quest for a better life.

Rt. Hon. Okere who gave this charge during the Ohuru Ndoki Football Tournament cup 2022/2023 season grand finale recently at Ohuru Ndoki, Ukwa East Local Government Area, Abia State, commended the winners of the competition for their show of prowess and talents.

He added that though the football competition has been in existence, this year’s final event brought together renowned dignataries who graced the event to support it.

The PDP state boss stated that sports competition is one of the events that bonds communities together, noting that nine villages which include, Umuogazi, Amaike, Umuadaka, Umuodomba, Obeaja, Osugwo, Ukebe, Okara, and Umuokoroaja, competed for the trophy.

Rt. Hon. Okere further said that his sponsorship of the event has made him discover hidden talents in the community, adding that the competition has given them the opportunity to express themselves and to come to lime light, disclosing that those talents would be sponsored to further in their football career.

“There is always two sides of everything, just like social media, there are people using theirs for a crime and there are people using theirs to excel.

“It is my dream and heart desires to see some of you being exported outside the country to express yourselves in clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid, among others”, he added.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the forthcoming 2023 general polls, the state PDP chairman, stated that PDP is the largest, strongest and most visible party in Abia State.

“We have done our ward meetings in the 184 wards, had our meetings /mini rally in the 17 LGAs, which the turnout was massive and encouraging and very soon we are going to do what we call mop up, the final stage of our campaign that will take us to all the various LGAs again.

“We are not unaware of the fact that there are other parties that are competing, we’re not leaving any stone unturned, we are going to campaign kitchen to kitchen, community to community, ward to ward, village to village, Local Government to Local Government to ensure that our victory will be better than 2015 and 2019.

In their separate speeches, the former Senate President, Sen. Adolphus Wabara and the Vice Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu, Prof. Onyemachi Maxwell Ogbulu, commended the State PDP chairman for his continuous show of love and support to his community, especially for sponsoring a historic event.

They urged all Ndoki communities to vote for PDP in the forth coming general elections, to ensure more dividends of democracy gets to the grassroot.

The football league ended with a 1-1 draw on normal time from both finalists, while Ukebe defeated Okara village, 5:3 on penalty shoot out.

The event featured cash award to the highest goal scorer; Chinaza Chinedu, the best goal keeper; Light Emeka, the best player; Maduabuchi Nwankwo.

Sen. Wabara made the presentation of the gold trophy, Rt. Hon Asiforo Okere presented the silver medal,while Prof Onyemachi Ogbulu presented the bronze medals to the respective winners.

Other dignatries who graced the occasion include, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barr. Tony Nwamuo, the former ASOPADEC Sole Administrator, Rt. Hon. Emeka Stanley; the PDP flagbearer for Ukwa Federal Constituency, Sir Chris Nkwonta, immediate past Executive Chairman, Ukwa East L.G.A, Hon. Chuks Wabara, PDP chairman, Ukwa-East chapter, Sir Okechi Nwohu, the sole Administrator ASOPADEC, Barr. Henry Chilaka; the PDP flagbearer for Ukwa East State Constituency, Hon Lewis Obianyi, the former Deputy TC chairman, Ukwa East L.G.A, Hon. Lady Cecilia C. Okere, the Bishop of Ukwa Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Okere ;the former Commissioner, Local Government Service Commisssion,Hon. Ejike Okere, among others.

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