Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Awka-North and South federal constituency in the forthcoming general elections Chief Godson Chukwuma Ezenagu has challenged the incumbent lawmaker representing Awka-North and South federal constituency at the Federal House of Representatives Chief Anayo Nebe to account for the constituency funds in his custody for three years and also show evidence of where he cited projects in the constituency.
Ezenagu, a former commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in Anambra state stated this in his campaign office in Awka on Thursday.
He said that the incumbent who is currently the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Awka-North and South federal constituency in next year’s general elections allegedly stole his mandate in 2015 as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former commissioner maintained that the incumbent was supposed to go to jail for subverting the wish of the people of Awka-North who according to him, gave him twenty-three thousand votes in 2015 pointing out that the constituents have rejected him because the incumbent is worthy to be rejected.
Ezenagu said that “so many millions of naira have been given to him for the past three years. Let him tell us how much he has received and the projects he has done.
How many motions has he sponsored or co-sponsored. None. If there was any one, it’s just “please include my name in your motion. He would even pay some money and say please include my name.”
He observed that Awka-North and South federal constituency was going through what he described as inefficient political representation under the incumbent representative at the national assembly. He said the constituency was being politically denied and deprived of basic social amenities such as roads, water, hospitals, schools, electricity and the like thereby accusing the incumbent representative of not having interest in the needs of the people.
The former commissioner however stated that if elected, he would commence town hall meetings where the demands of the people would be brought to the front burner and given priority attention even as he urged Governor Willie Obiano to complete the Obaofemili-Amansea road started in 2007 in Awka-North.
Another road he mentioned was the Isuaniocha-Urum-Amanuke-Amansea road, adding that since the creation of the local government area, Awka-North is the only local government without connecting roads to the headquarters in Achala.
The SDP Reps candidate berated the fact that people from Awka-North would have to navigate through five local government areas to access the council headquarters in Achala. He therefore emphasized that such experience would pose great difficulty to the people in obtaining their voter cards from the local government headquarters Achala.
Another salient issue he raised was the absence of streetlights in the entire Awka-North. He urged the governor to include Awka-North in his development plan because the local government was part and parcel of the state capital.
He said the people of Awka-North and South federal constituency were solidly behind him and they have unanimously concurred that what the constituency needed was a people-oriented representation and not the type being championed by the incumbent representative whom he said was not accountable to the people because he was not voted for by them.