The Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Hon, Dagogo Eli Legg-Jack, has challenged the newly inaugurated executive members of the Voice of Opobo Nation (VON) to maintain the bid to keep Opobo kingdom politically-relevant in the state.
Hon legg-Jack gave the challenge at the inauguration exercise of a 14-member executive council of the socio-political group in Port Harcourt.
The former chairman of Opobo/Nkoro local Government Area asserted that the group had come a long way despite the turbulence that had rocked the area over the years.
According to Legg-Jack no political group was as large and formidable as VON, and therefore solicited for the commitment and steadfastness of the new exco to maintain the lead.
Earlier in his remarks, Commissioner for Works in Rivers State, Hon Dakuku Peterside recalled that after nine years he piloted the affairs, as president of the organisation he was elated that another vibrant exco had come to succeed him.
The commissioner said the group had over the years changed the political frontiers of Opobo kingdom, while expressing the hope that it would continue to lift the area to political prominence.
Advising the new exco on the challenges ahead, Hon Peterside declared, “VON requires patience, VON requires sacrifice and prayed God to give them wisdom to remain steadfast and committed in lifting the body.
He also urged members of the socio-political group to support and pray for the organisation commending them for making the transition peaceful and orderly.
The same view was re-echoed by Chairman Board of Trustee of the body, Dr Sam Sam Jaja who called on the new president and his exco to ensure that a befitting secretariat was erected for the organization before leaving office.
Dr Jaja charged the exco to, “please don’t betray the members and the exco,” adding, “Mr President please don’t joke with the elders council.
In his acceptance speech, the new president, Hon Emmanuel Oko-Jaja expressed delight for being given the opportunity to serve, promising not to misplace the mandate given to him and the exco.
Hon Oko-Jaja promised among other programmes to set up a functional secretariat for the body rejuvenate VON chapters in United Stated of America and the United Kingdom.
The VON president declared that deliberate policy to empower members of the body would be pursued through capacity building and reward for hard work.