By Eze Amaeshi
The councillor representing Irete/Orogwe (ward10) in Owerri West LGA who is also the chairman of the ward, Hon. Obinna Duru has been decorated as the patron of Hope Alive Group for Irete/Orogwe (ward10). The decoration ceremony which took place at the councillor’s country home in Irete Community on Sunday, June 7, attracted several members of the group in the ward, including some LGA executives. In his address, the coordinator of the Hope Alive Movement in Irete/Orogwe ward, Evangelist Nkem Ugorji, informed that the group had come to identify with their counsellor and support him as their leader in the ward according to Governor Hope Uzodimma’s instruction that all counsellors be recognized automatically as ward patrons. Also speaking, the LGA coordinator of Hope Alive, Comrade John Cajetan Ogbuewu appreciated Hon. Obinna Duru for receiving them within such a short notice, stating that they had come to thank Governor Hope Uzodimma for appointing Hon. Duru counsellor; describing Duru as open and having offended no one. He urged the counsellor to always carry the group along in all things as they would always support him. Comrade Ogbuewu said that they were ready to make Governor Uzodimma and APC household words in their LGA and ensure the governor’s works and policies got to the grassroots. Ogbuewu further noted that Hope Alive had taken root all over Owerri West in preparation to meeting all their leaders in the LGA. Responding, the counsellor, Hon. Obinna Duru described Governor Hope Uzodimma as the “Messiah of our time” sent to do what no one had ever done before, saying that with Hope Alive, 2023 victory was assured for the governor. He added that he would be with Hope Alive always and noted that the governor understood people’s feelings and that Irete/Orogwe remained behind the governor.