Andoni Council Chairman Erastus Awortu Gains Broad Support for Re-election Bid

Rivers State political leaders across party lines endorse Erastus Awortu's re-election bid as Andoni Local Government Area chairman. Awortu's administration is praised for tackling insecurity and infrastructure decay in the region.

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Andoni Council Chairman Erastus Awortu Gains Broad Support for Re-election Bid

Andoni Council Chairman Erastus Awortu Gains Broad Support for Re-election Bid

Erastus Awortu, the council chairman of Andoni Local Government Area in Rivers State, has received widespread support from prominent political leaders for his re-election campaign. The endorsements come as Awortu's tenure nears its end, with leaders praising his administration's successful efforts to tackle insecurity and infrastructure decay in the region.

Why this matters: The support for Awortu's re-election bid highlights the importance of effective local governance in addressing regional challenges, and demonstrates the impact that strong leadership can have on community development. As the general election approaches, the broad endorsement from political leaders across party lines underscores the significance of Awortu's administration's achievements in addressing the challenges faced by the people of Andoni.

Among Awortu's key supporters are former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, as well as past and present political leaders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and Labour Party (LP). Elder statesmen, community leaders, and youth and women leaders from Andoni have also pledged their backing for Awortu's second term bid.

The leaders commended Awortu for bringing peace and development to Andoni, an area previously plagued by insecurity and underdevelopment. They credited Wike for identifying Awortu as a capable leader who could rescue the region. Mrs. Mabel Ogolo, National Women Leader of the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), stated, "Indeed, the choice was right because within weeks into his administration, Andoni became so peaceful and free from the challenges of insecurity and underdevelopment which bedeviled the area." leaders, throw, support, boss,

APC chieftain and former governorship aspirant Mr. Sampson Ngerebara described Awortu's administration as a fulfillment of an Andoni of his dream, where the people's resources were channeled into rebuilding infrastructure and human capacity. The completion of the Andoni section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road, a project conceived over 24 years ago, has been highlighted as a significant achievement under Awortu's leadership.

The road, commissioned by Governor Siminalayi Fubara on May 14, 2024, as part of activities marking his administration's first year in office, has opened up the area to the international community. Chief Awajiokunye Mbosowo, head chief of the Ukumor family in Ngo town, expressed gratitude to the governor, stating, "We are very grateful to His Excellency, our amiable, most focused, and action-packed Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, for his timely response and completion of the Andoni section of Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road."

In response to the overwhelming support, Awortu thanked the leaders for their continued backing despite political crises in the state and commended their loyalty to Wike. He pledged to prioritize the growth and development of Andoni, emphasizing that he would rather give up his second term bid than work with politicians who had hindered peace and development in the past.

The solidarity visit took place over the weekend at Ngo, the headquarters of the Andoni council. Erastus Awortu was elected as council chairman in 2021 with the support of then-Governor Nyesom Wike. As the general election approaches, the broad endorsement from political leaders across party lines underscores Awortu's popularity and the recognition of his administration's achievements in addressing the challenges faced by the people of Andoni.

Key Takeaways

  • Erastus Awortu, Andoni council chairman, receives widespread support for re-election bid.
  • Political leaders praise Awortu's efforts to tackle insecurity and infrastructure decay.
  • Former Governor Nyesom Wike and leaders from PDP, APC, and LP endorse Awortu's second term.
  • Awortu's administration completes Andoni section of Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road.
  • Awortu pledges to prioritize Andoni's growth and development in second term.