1. Following the victory of His Excellency, Governor Ayade Benedict at the just concluded Cross River State PDP gubernatorial primary election, a State House of Assembly aspirant Mrs. Helen Isamoh  Egodo who vied for Biase State Constituency, has extended her felicitations and congratulatory message to the Governor, and his Deputy.

Helen Isamoh who also congratulated other party aspirants that clinched the primary tickets reiterated that as a loyal party member, she would continue to work for the interest and progress of the party as the party is supreme always.

However, she admonished the party leaders to maintain credibility, transparency and equity in the conduct of subsequent party primaries as was seen in the just concluded presidential primary election in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

She urged members of the party to remain submissive to the party leadership and further pledged to continue to work for the party ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

“I have always liked politics much growing up. I was obsessed with political representation and how i can affect lives positively when given the opportunity to serve my people. Growing up, i spent a long time wondering why people in leadership positions would waste their time talking much and doing less.

“Back in the days at school, i had canvased for proper representation and leadership for the overall welcome of the students. Back then, I could tell people a lot about the state and national legislature, and how such could be used to transform lives.

In the same vein, Mrs Egodo said; when sometimes this year, the good people of Biase State constituency called on me to represent them at the state house of Assembly, i received the offer with admiration and high feelings. But immediately, there were two questions i asked myself as soon as someone finds out I am running for office – “Why?” and “Why now?” Both questions are apt and even though I know the answers in my gut it is a bit more difficult to put them into words so that they can be easily understood.

Why? The simple answer is because someone needs to run and it is not easy to make that decision & take it up. We need to be at the table. We need our voice to be strong and clear. We need to do this. We need to have representatives that truly listen to those in their districts and stand for the issues and concerns of their constituents, the people who elect them.

“But not everyone can run – it takes the right person in the right circumstances to put aside their life and make the commitment to something greater than themselves – to their community. I am a goal getter and a daughter of Zion. As I watched the political firmament with rapt attention, i was taught that when your people calls on you, you answer in the way you can. And the way I can answer right now is by running, winning and serving”.

Mrs Helyn Egodo further said many decisions concerning our lives in this country and state are being made without consideration of all citizens. Everyone needs to be heard. We need to work together to make the changes that need to be made – especially regarding how we take care of our citizens – from healthcare to education to economic prosperity.

She highlighted that it was on the basis of the above dire needs and her burning passion to serve her people that she offered herself to vie as member of the State House of Assembly, Biase .

Expressing her gratitude to her boss, Governor Ayade, she said; “i want to express my appreciation and unreserved gratitude to my digital governor, His Excellency, Senator (PROF) Benedict Ayade for considering me worthy enough to be appointed to serve in his administration.

“My experiences over the past few years, as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender and Development and a loyalty party member, has provided me with a deep understanding of governance and leadership. It has also afforded me the opportunity to acknowledge the immense challenges facing Biase State Constituency and the expectations of different stakeholders”, said the voice of the vulnerables.

Hon. Mrs Egodo who is a Gender Consultant also pledged to remain loyal to the party saying that; “the decision of the party is supreme and i want to say that i will respect abide, and obey the party. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is my primary constituency and i will always stand to align myself and that of my teeming supporters to the decision of the party at all times.

“Life has its trying moments; for your trust, cordiality and unique support; I say a big thank you.

She equally expressed her heartfelt thanks to her beloved husband for his immeasurable support, her family,  all her esteemed loyalists, stakeholders, fans, elder’s and people of Biase who bestowed their trust and confidence in her ability to aspire to serve. Thanking everyone for being there during her time of need and emphasizing her love to all.