Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former commissioner for agriculture and rural development in Anambra state Chief Godson Chukwuma Ezenagu has said that corruption is not in his dictionary as it is the bane of national development.
The two-time commissioner said he had handled various sensitive positions in the government of Anambra state ranging from being the head of the state housing corporation and a host of other appointments without blemish.
Ezenagu who stated this at a press conference in Awka on Sunday while speaking on his ambition to the Federal House of Representatives in 2019 to represent Awka-North and South Federal Constituency, said corruption was a cankerworm that had eaten deep into the Nigerian society and that any effort geared towards taming corruption in the country should be applauded.
Ezenagu maintained that his bid for the national assembly was not for personal aggrandisement as he had already amassed wealth but to salvage the constituency from gross neglect and marginalisation.
He said Awka-North and South were infrastructurally backward as some communities in the area had not seen or felt federal government presence.
Although the former commissioner acknowleged the efforts of the incumbent state government in the provision of democracy dividends, he observed that the state governor could not cover the nooks and crannies of the state simultaneously.
This, according to him, was the remote reason why members at the federal house of representatives went home to compile priority needs of the people and present to the national assembly for onward approval and commensurate action.
Ezenagu stated that he was in a better position to do things differently because he was prepared to swing into action to attract federal presence to Awka-North and South local government areas respectively, stressing that both council areas had been marginalised for too long. He added that as former commissioner for agriculture and someone who had held numerous sensitive offices in government circle, he possessed the credentials to fit into various committees at the house of representatives where experience, expertise and technical know-how were required to function effectively.
He however noted that he intended to pursue his political aspiration on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) where he had been since 2002 and apparently did not have any plan to abandon the party unlike some politicians he described as fair-weather politicians jumping from one political party to another in search of greener pastures.
The national assembly aspirant also commended President Mohammadu Buhari for revisiting the June 12 saga admitting that the late Moshood Abiola won the presidential election of 1993. He appealed to the president to also revisit what happened on 28th February, 2015, where he was declared winner of Awka-North and South Federal Constinuency Seat by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but his mandate was stolen.
According to him, “A situation where I won the elections at the polling units and at the collation centres, they declared somebody else forging some documents that became obvious that they were forged because all the results were in serial form; all of a sudden they imported the ones they printed elsewhere.”
He therefore emphasized that somebody else was allegedly declared winner and the person was currently in the House of Representatives representing the people that never voted him into power.
Ezenagu called on President Buhari to declare him winner of the election and urged the national assembly to swear him in because he won the election landslide. He pointed out that his claims were subject to investigations even as he posited that bad eggs in the INEC allegedly colluded with the incumbent to print some forms from the streets to thwart the results of the election, using the purported doctored forms to declare the incumbent winner.