Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Dr. Michael Egbebike, one-time commissioner for environment during ex-governor Peter Obi’s era, has said that he rejected every attempt to lure him into collecting bribe for one reason or the other while serving the state.
He said he rejected all financial inducements intended to make him subvert as well as subdue due process for illegality and other unconventional means inimical to his office as the state commissioner for environment.
Egbebike who spoke to select journalists at the weekend in Awka on why people of integrity and proven character should occupy public offices, maintained that it was time the country had a crop of leaders that would turn the fortunes of the Nigerian nation around.
The ex-commissioner stated that the country found herself in the present economic morass due to nepotism, injustice and some other vices that thrive in Nigeria pointing out that it was time for people who are well read and possess the technical know-how to administer the country.
The multi-disciplinary individual and astute politician who expressed displeasure at the quality of representation of Dunukofia, Anaocha and Njikoka federal constituency, noted that the current representation at the Federal House of Representatives was a leadership without mission .
Although he said he didn’t intend to run for public office, his burning desire to touch lives as a politician was his driving force and primary reason why he left the United States of America to Nigeria and to his constituency to offer a kind of leadership that would have direct positive impact on the people of Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia respectively.
Egbebike who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and a native of Aguluzigbo in Anaocha local government area, said he had an eye for the federal house of representatives in 2019 but he was currently consulting with stakeholders in his constituency to enable him to make informed decision as to whether to contest or not to contest in the forthcoming general elections even though he stated categorically that Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia federal constituency deserves better representation at the national assembly.
The legal luminary said youth empowerment and entrepreneurship were sectors that required priority attention as politics according to him, is meaningful when lives are being touched and sufferings alleviated.