James Ibechi

House of Reps: Opinion poll tips Oloko as most suitable to represent Oju/Obi in 2023

Ahead of political parties’ primary elections for Oju/Obi federal constituency poll, a public opinion poll conducted by jamesibechi.com has tipped former PDP governorship aspirant, Comr. Ralph Oloko Ogbaji, as the most suitable candidate to represent Oju/Obi federal constituency in the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly in 2023.

The poll was conducted to ascertain the level of Oju/Obi indigenes’ awareness towards ongoing socio-political happenings in the Constituency, Benue and the country at large, part of which includes the forthcoming constituency election.

The poll was administered between Monday 14th and 30th March, 2022.

The poll involved telephone interviews of a random constituency sample.

A total of 280 indigenes were randomly selected from phone-owning Igede people aged 18 years and above; and indigenes across all the council wards in Oju and Obi LGAs were interviewed.

The sample has a ±5% margin of error and confidence interval of 95%, deemed statistically significant. From the poll findings, 51 percent of respondents said they are aware of the forthcoming election, while 41 percent are unaware and 8 percent simply uninterested to participate in the poll.

In terms of familiarity with the aspirants contesting for the 2023 HoR election in Igede, 53 percent, 52 percent and 50 percent of respondents said they were familiar with Oloko, Ogewu and Okwu, respectively.

Forty-five per cent said they are familiar with Ibu Anthony Ibu while 39 percent said they were familiar with Egbiri Idaah.

The poll also sought the opinion of Igede indigenes regarding which of the aspirants they believe has the leadership capacity, character and integrity to represent Igede at the Lower Chamber of NASS and provide rallying point for the ‘Mnmekee’ people.

From the findings, Oloko came top with 32 percent as the aspirant with the leadership capacity, character, integrity and open-handedness, to represent Igede people on any party platform. This was followed by Ogewu with 23 percent and Ibu Anthony Ibu with 17 percent. Others are Okwu with 8 percent and Egbiri Idaah with 6 percent.

Respondents declined comment on other aspirants.

Meanwhile, Oloko was in recent past positioned by his comapaign organisation and teeming supporters to contest the 2023 HOR position to represent Oju/Obi and embarked on consultations of council wards across Oju and Obi LGAs.

He, however, appeared to have been cut in the mix since the 2023 real race began to gain gravitas and was never in the news among the aspirants that have so far obtained nomination and expression of interest forms of the PDP where he belongs

It had all been silence from Oloko.

But the silence seemed to have been broken days ago when his campaign DG George Onwe answered his name as an aspirant at a meeting of aspirants in Oju.

Efforts by jamesibechi.com to reach Oloko have not yet yielded fruits.

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