The chase for the governorship seat of Imo State is to witness a major shake with the decision of former Vice Chancellor Of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Professor Jude Ejike Njoku to throw his hat in the ring.
Njoku, an erudite scholar and versatile administrator, is to join the race through the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he has helped to keep alive and vibrant, in the state, currently under the control of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The formal announcement of the decision to change both the APC and its Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, at the Douglas House, Owerri, the seat of government of Imo State, is to take place this weekend, baring any last minute change, according to information from his base in Owerri.
Val Igwebuike, spokesman to the academic icon, said in a statement, on Wednesday, that the formal declaration of the former FUTO boss, is the climax of series of consultations across the length and breadth of state which he began since September last year.
“He had last September at his country home in Eziala Obiangwu, Ngor Okpala local council of Imo State, informed a select audience made up of party leaders and other stakeholders of his intention to seek election to the office of Governor of Imo State.
“His consultations received wide spread acceptance across the three major power blocks of the state namely; Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe, hence his decision to actualise his quest to govern Imo State under the platform of PDP,” the statement, informed.
Njoku, who was the former Vice Chancellor of FUTO between 2000 and 2005, a period many see as the golden age of the higher institution, had his efforts capped with the Best Chancellor of Nigerian Universities, award, within the period for his rapid transformation of the the university. 

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He also served as two-time commissioner in Imo State, first as commissioner for education and later as commissioner for land, survey and planning.
The declaration which is billed to hold at the PDP State Secretariat along Okigwe Road, Owerri is expected to draw a large crowd to the state capital.
Njoku, who is campaigning on Restoration Agenda would at the event, unfold his policy document through which he intends to restore the state to its lost glory.

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