2nd March, 2011
Governor Chibuike Amaechiâ€™s campaign trainÂ this morning moved to Emuoha headquarters of Emuoha Local Government Area, Rivers State.
Emuoha is strategically important because that is where there is a concentration of political heavyweights form Ikwerre land. Itâ€™s also the maternal home of the governor as his mother is from Emuoha.
The man known in the Rivers Politics as the Political Bulldozer, Chief Sergeant Awuse, also has his biological roots there.
Awuse was the Democratic Peopleâ€™s Party governorship candidate in 2007 and fought PDP in the state to a standstill in legal battles challenging the victory of the PDP in the governorship election which, he eventually lost.
Awuse has been in the opposition but the reconciliatory move initiated by Governor Amaechi ahead of his re-election campaign seems to have yielded result as many his former political foes are now on the campaign train.
Emuoha is also the home of Chief Glory Emeh, the former Special Adviser, later Commissioner of Transport under Dr. Peter Odiliâ€™s administration.
During the short tenure of Celestine Omehia as governor of the state, he was the power behind the throne as the Chief of Staff.
The Chairman of South-South caucus of the members of the National Assembly, Chief Andrew Uchendu, representing Emuoha/Ikwerre Federal Constituency is seeking re-election for a record third time in the House of Representatives.
At present, Uchendu is being challenged for the seat by Emma Okah, former Chief Press Secretary to Dr. Peter Odili and later Commissioner for Information during Omehiaâ€™s six months tenure.
Okah is contesting under the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria,ACN.
The Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, gunning for his fourth term, is also from Emuoha.
It is expected that that the governor may make a significant impact in the area.
â€”Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt