A group, Support Nigeria Initiative has endorsed the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for the Benue State House of Assembly, Ado constituency, the endorsement according to the group came after series of consultation and engagement with major stakeholders across the ten (10) political wards of the local government area adding that the endorsement is in furtherance of the confirmation established by the group consultation and engagement with stakeholders where Oriri Richard emerged best among the array of candidates aspiring for the position.
The endorsement was conveyed in a letter of credence signed by the director general of the group, Ogbebo Kingsley. Describing the candidate he said “he is the most qualified to represent Ada constituency having been tested and trusted when he served Ado Local Government as Secretary between 2011 through 2012 meritoriously”.
“As part of our intervention in the forthcoming, 2023 General Election, to ensure the emergence of a representative with the capacity and commitment to provide better representation for the good people of Ado State Constituency, Support Nigeria Initiative has decided to mobilize support for a House of Assembly Candidate, whose pedigree and resume, resonates hope in line with the above mentioned qualities and expectations.
“Consequent upon the above, we write to inform you that you have been considered as that candidate and we would love to pay you a courtesy visit before September 8, 2022 and commence voter mobilization for you afterwards.
“Our target, is to mobilize fifteen thousand (15,000) voters for you, across the 10 political wards in Ado State Constituency, using our unique and tested mobilization strategy which we shall discuss with you when we meet with you.
Support Nigeria Initiative, is a non-governmental organisation, established since January. 2020, with the sole mandate of mobilizing Nigerians and educating them for informed and increased participation in Nigeria’s leadership recruitment process (election) and our nation building programmes, with a view to making them elect credible leaders during election and building the Nigeria of our dream.
He said While preparing for full scale mobilization in the 2023 General Election, the initiative had carried out a mock mobilization in Nasarawa and Benue State in 2020 and recorded huge successes.
“We are now ready to commence the main mobilization and therefore look forward to having an interface with you, before we commence.”
While Oriri Richard is currently undergoing his second Masters Degree in “Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies with Nile University, Abuja, he holds B. Sc in Political Science Education from Ebonyi State University in 2007 and a Master Degree in Educational Management.
He first cut his political teeth in 2005 when he contested the position of Assistant Secretary General, Faculty of Education as a Second Year student and defeated a third year rival from Economics department.
In 2006, he served as campaign DG for Student Union Government Presidential election and led Comrade Douglas Ochishi to victory in 2006 and later was appointed Chief Press Secretary to SUG President where he became the image maker of the Student Union government till he graduated in 2007.
Richard in 2005 served Ado Students National body as National Secretary and was Benue State Students Secretary, Ebonyi State University chapter in 2005.
Before his emergence as the candidate of Social Democratic Party-SDP for Ado, Benue State, State Constituency, Oriri Richard works with KaftanTv, Reporting the Senate.