In his welcome address, Alhaji Bello Maigari, Chairman of the Market, who spoke in Hausa and English at intervals, welcomed and thanked Ochendo for coming to see them while also acclaiming him as one of their own.
The women leader of the market (name withheld), in agreement spoke in turn saying that concerning the elections and their preferred candidates, wherever the men stood, the women would follow, so since the men had chosen Ochendo as their man, he had automatically gotten the support of all Hausa women in Awka too.
Next to speak was the market youth leader who aired the views of the early speakers by assuring Ochendo of giving him his support and likewise the support of the whole hausa youths.
Ochendo in his vote of thanks spoke, overwhelmed by the extreme show of love, thanking them for welcoming him in the manner of which they did. He went on to narrate his life adventure in kano where he not only married his wife there, but also built his wealth there.
"Kano made me what I am today and the Hausa people are my brothers." He said.
"That is why when I was the Commissioner for agriculture and the government tried removing you traders from Gariki market, I stood wit you, making sure the market stood and even when they removed you from eke awka market, I bought units for you. I couldn't stand seeing you marginalized and maltreared." he added.