…as Ekwunife holds prayer rally, begins campaign
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former factional chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state, Prince Azubuike Iloh, has boasted that the incumbent senator representing Anambra-central senatorial district at the National Assembly, Chief Victor Umeh, is no match for senator Uche Ekwunife in the forthcoming 2019 electoral contest.
Iloh stated this on Monday in Awka shortly after a prayer rally organised by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Sen. Uche Ekwunife for next year’s general elections.
The former chairman of Awka-South local government area said that Victor Umeh knew where he belonged and that the Anambra-central senatorial election was a done deal for Uche Ekwunife as he would ensure that the candidate of the PDP won in Awka-South and beyond so she could return to the senate to fill the gap already created by the incumbent.
Iloh added that the PDP candidate for Anambra-central did well when she was in the Federal House of Representatives; that the record speaks for itself but that the incumbent has done virtually nothing in the senate. According to him, Umeh rather resurrected already trashed out motions because he refused to settle down and understudy the senate before dabbling into issues at the Red Chambers. He added that Ekwunife would floor Umeh landslide.
According to him, the Nigerian senate required someone that would be in the mainstream to influence the power at the centre and attract things to her constituency noting that senatorial representation was not all about noise-making but engaging other senators to make desired impact.
The former council chairman observed that Anambra-central is bedeviled by ecological problems like erosion menace and a host of others. He said the state government had done some palliatives on federal roads in Anambra but they had not been refunded. He noted further that they needed the likes of Ekwunife to be in the senate to be able to facilitate the recovery of such funds as well as attract federal government projects to her constituency, the state and the country at large.
Ekwunife Holds Prayer Rally
Meanwhile, Sen. Ekwunife has commenced her political campaign with a prayer rally held in Awka on Monday.
She said the essence of the prayer session was to dedicate her campaign activities to God as well as obtain His blessings for the battle ahead. She noted that the forthcoming election might be a tough outing but she expressed optimism that she would triumph in the end.
Ekwunife explained that they had prayed and committed the campaign into the hands of God with hope that the campaign would afford ample time to market her development plan for Anambra-central if elected by her constituency.
According to her, her campaign activities would be issue-based and ojective pointing out that she would not dwell in name-calling, vendetta as well as campaign of calumny; instead she would endeavour to X-ray the needs of her constituents as well as strive to attend to them if given the mandate.
The federal legislator who has been in the Green chambers for two tenures, said she had done it before and would do it again but earnestly solicited the support and blessings of her constituents for her 2019 project.