In The Eric Opa Challenge, Abia native, Chido Nwakanma, weighs in on who the cap best fits among PDP aspirants.
It is crunch time in the ruling party in Abia State as delegates meet to choose a replacement for the dear departed Prof Uche Eleazar Ikonne. Down to the wire, the party wigs confront a choice between the established ways and persons and a new path and person.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community builder Eric Opah is a fresh face in the politics of Abia State. History and best practice favour and indicate a new path for Abia State. It is time to go for a fresh approach, new people and fresh thinking.
Opah’s newness is both a strength and a weakness. But who is Eric Opah, and why would he make a difference?
Eric Opah is the founder of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited and Fortune Marine & Energy Services Limited. Fortune Global is one of Nigeria’s foremost indigenous logistics companies with the vision to become a global first-choice African shipping and logistics company. Opah currently serves as the Chairman Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce, Abia State Chapter. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IODN), the Eric Opah Foundation, the President Umunna-Nsulu Progressive Forum, and the President of Mbubo Transformation Group.
He holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration. He started his career in the logistics industry with Panalpina World Transport Group. Due to his passion for excellence, he soon gained considerable industry experience in the company before setting up his business.
Over the years, Eric gained significant experience in global freight forwarding, shipping and logistics. He has also demonstrated a sublime entrepreneurial ingenuity uncommon amongst his peers. Eric’s additional expertise in Air cargo handling operations contributed to the establishment of China Southern Airlines in Nigeria, where he became the Director of Cargo Operations. Above all, he has helped to redefine the freight forwarding business in Nigeria by opening doors for transparency and trust, which are his core business values.
Eric is a philanthropist, a grassroots community developer, and a youth development and empowerment engineer. He does these through the ERIC OPAH FOUNDATION (focused on empowering the younger generations through educational grants and financial support) and the MBUBO TRANSFORMATION GROUP (which champions community development projects), where he also sits as President of the highly respected group.
Eric and Christiana Opah have three children.
An all-Ngwa son, Eric Opah’s developmental projects are visible in Mbubo-Nsulu on the Ururuka road. He is a grassroots man.
The critical messages for reflection and action by the delegates first and the Abia electorate in March 2023 are
- Eric Opah represents a fresh start for governance in Abia State.
- Eric Opah is a community builder who has done much in community development as a private citizen.
- Opah will bring entrepreneurial drive and the discipline and practices of the private sector to the governance of Abia State.
- Opah will bring youthful energy to government and governance.
Choose and vote right. Vote Eric Opah.
The Eric Opah Challenge and Promise