Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chief Emeka Aforka, legislator-elect for Orumba-North state constituency in Anambra state, has slammed the incumbent representative of the council area in the 6th Anambra State House of Assembly Hon. Romanus Ugochukwu Obi over what he termed allegations of no road construction works in the council area.
Aforka said such accusations were campaigns of calumny intended to spite the governor Chief Willie Obiano whom he said had brought Orumba-North local government area to limelight through road infrastructure as well as other social amenities.
The legislator-elect who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview, responded to a social media report where the incumbent lawmaker had alleged that there was no road construction work in the entire Orumba-North, stressing that it was a blatant lie to say such a thing because the governor according to him is currently working on a number of road projects in the area.
He said, “It was a campaign of calumny because work is on-going in Orumba-North. Though there are places where work is not ongoing, he can’t generalise it that work is not going on in all the entire Orumba-North. It’s a lie!
The two-time chairman of Orumba-North local government area further noted that the road from Oko to Ndiowu was currently on-going and that Paul B Construction Company was the contractor handling the road project. He also said that the road project from Agbiligba-Nanka-Umuona-Isuofia was in progress.
Aforka therefore described the lawmaker as a drowning man as well as one who lost electoral value in the eyes of his constituents, noting that for the lawmaker to move it as a motion on the floor of the state assembly that there was no ongoing road project in the entire Orumba-North was most unfortunate and undesirable.
He said such unguarded statements didn’t reflect the opinions of the people of Orumba-North and that it was confrontational to the executive arm of government even as he also made it clear that the stakeholders of Orumba-North wouldn’t align themselves with statements intended to question the integrity and reputation of the state governor.
Aforka opined that such utterances were a ploy to poison the governor’s mind against the people of Orumba-North local government thereby creating the wrong impression that the people were not appreciative of his efforts and commitments to the council area.
He said because he was the incoming legislator of the council area, he would not talk about the eight years the incumbent representative spent in the state assembly but posited that it was the responsibility of the people of Orumba-North to assess his eight years of representation at the legislature and pass their judgements.
According to him, the needs assessment committees he set up are currently on a tour of the constituency interacting with traditional rulers, president-generals as well as other stakeholders of the 16 towns in Orumba-North. They are collating and compiling the most pressing needs of the people for onward presentation to the state assembly.