By Ononye VC/Nna Anulummadu
In a last minute jostle by the gubernatorial aspirants of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to secure clearance for the up coming primaries of the party,one of the aspirants who sprang surprises in securing clearance is Chief Barr Damian Okolo,an Onitsha based renowned estate Surveyor and lawyer who is unassuming and not given to too much talk and boasting.He is a tested and brilliant administrator with a beautiful profile.
Barr Okolo rattled political pundits during the week when APGA high command released list of candidates cleared for the party’s primaries scheduled for the near future.
Without prejudice to the popularity of former Central Bank Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo in the APGA fold,the popular parlance in politics which says that ” anything can happen or that there’s no permanent friend or permanent enemy in politics still holds.
The APGA screening committee released list of its prospective governorship aspirants after the screening held on June 10,2021 at the National Secretariat Complex Abuja.
The first name on the list of those cleared was Okolo Damian Chibuzo followed by Soludo Charles Chukwuma.
Others cleared are,Ibeh ThankGod Kenechukwu Christopher,Ezenwankwo Okwudili Christopher and Ozoka Odera Ifeanyi.
Most of the big names like Okafor Nonso Smart,Nwankpo Akachukwu Sullivan and Umeoji Chukwuma Michael were disqualified for alleged “defiance and insubordination” or “unsuitable” for APGA membership.
Sir Damian Okolo who hails from Nnewi tried his hands on the guber contest with his Vision 2020 mantra.
From all indications, he is determined to succeed.
Trinitas had published earlier in the year,the intimidating profile of Sir Damian Okolo when he declared his intention to vie again and our prediction that Okolo is determined to rule Anambra.
We hereby reproduce the publication hereunder….
SIR DAMIAN OKOLO DECLARES FOR ANAMBRA 2021 GOVERNORSHIP
HE’S THE GAME CHANGER…..
By Ononye VC
A game changer has emerged in the Anambra 2021 gubernatorial race and this will send shivers down the spines of other aspirants.
His name is Sir Damian Chibuzor Okolo and he is aspiring under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Barrister Damian Okolo disclosed his intention when he hosted Knights and Ladies of St Mulumba from three Subordinate Councils today namely, Onitsha,St Stephen and Basilica with their Grand Knights,Sir BOB Ugonabo,Sir Gabby Nwankwo and Sir I G Okafor.
A mass was celebrated where he was annointed and showered with special blessings and prayers with his wife by a Priest.
Sir Okolo’s profile is something to worry about by other aspirants. This is because he is a core grassroots person who has given a lot to the society and the ordinary people.He is a lawyer and a reputed estate surveyor who knows the intricacies of governance for long.
From the flank of the church (Catholic)Sir Damian has assisted a lot in erecting monuments which have impacted positively on the ordinary people tremendously.
For instance,Okolo as the Grand Knight of Knights of St Mulumba Onitsha and immediate past Metropolitan Grand Knight of Knights of St Mulumba covering Enugu,Onitsha,Awka,Nsukka and Abakaliki, has a formidable squad to challenge and withstand any contender any time,anywhere,any day.
The Catholic Church will definitely stand for Okolo.He was chairman of Board of Directors of Oluchukwu Microfinance Bank,a very powerful finance institution of the church employing thousands of workers in the grassroots.
Okolo has his weight on the board of Radio Sapientia, a station that has outpaced others in news and entertainment.
As the Metropolitan Grand Knight, Okolo erected a secondary School at Ogbede,Enugu State and the school is thriving with excellent students and hundreds of workers.
His contributions in philanthropy is unquantifiable and verifiable.
Infact Okolo has worked severally behind the scene in moderating governance in the state and had had to intervene on several issues that would have affected the ordinary people negatively.
Barrister Damian Chibuzor Okolo is not given to empty boasts and political gimmickry. He is known in the church and public circle as a true Christian and astute administrator and good manager of resources.
As a private man,he has maintained his team if workers up to retirement age with generous package on retirement, a gesture hardly seen in some private sectors. He is humane and approachable.
Sir Damian Okolo is a cabinet member of the traditional ruler of Nnewi,Igwe Orizu and has the traditional title of Igirigi Nnewi.
With Okolo’s entry into the battle ground,Anambra 2021 is getting tougher and interesting.
Only the strong hearted can survive the storm.
Barr Okolo is really going to be the game changer.