Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The lawmaker representing Ihiala 1 state constituency in the outgoing 6th Anambra State House of Assembly Hon. Barr. Chidi Livinus Udemadu says his first term as a lawmaker in the state assembly was more of a learning process to prepare grounds for a more responsive and effective representation.
Udemadu explained, “My first term was fair and foul. Fair in the sense that we are members of the Anambra State House of Assembly but foul in the sense that the experience has not been too fair for us. We are learning the job and so many things were involved as far as legislation is concerned. The first term will not be like the second term because now we don’t have any excuses because I have passed through the tutelage; so my second term would be fair because I have much to give to my constituents.”
The 7th assembly member-elect who spoke with journalists in Awka, further explained that his people in Ihiala 1 state constituency should expect more democracy dividends because his re-election came with renewed zeal and enthusiasm to work differently and effectively in order to justify the confidence reposed in him by his constituents.
Udemadu also disclosed that his re-election has broken the jinx of one tenure system in Ihiala 1 state constituency stressing that it was during his re-election campaign that he took ample time to explain to his people that the idea of a single term would not entrench the anticipated developmental projects in the area instead such arrangement would only retard development in the constituency.
He therefore expressed optimism that at the end of his second term, he would have adorned his constituency with signature projects that posterity would equally be beneficiaries.
The lawmaker also told journalists that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued him certificate of return which according to him signified that he won his constituency state assembly election and due to commence his second term stewardship in the legislature stressing that his constituency will enjoy the presence of quality legislation through his representation in the incoming legislature.