Imo North by-election: Former SSG, Uchendu, joins race

By Anolu Vincent,
Owerri

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former secretary to the Government of Imo State, Chief Mark Uchendu, has joined the race for the forth-coming by-election for the Imo North Senatorial seat which became vacant following the death of the former senator for the zone, Benjamin Uwajumogu.
Uchendu is also a former member of the state House of Assembly as well as ex-chairman of the Ihitte/Uboma council and a former commissionerthe state.
He said that as one who is adequately conversant with the nitty-gritty of governance and representation, he is at a vantage position to provide effective and qualitative representation for the six local government areas that make up the zone.
The senatorial aspirant spoke while on a consultation tour in the zone during which he addressed the Interim Management Committee (IMC) chairman, ward chairmen, councilors and women leaders of the councils comprising Okigwe, Onuimo, Isiala Mbano, Ihitte/Uboma and Obowo council areas.
He added that having been in active partisan politics for a long time and as a former chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the zone he stands shoulder high above all other contenders for the seat.
“The time has come for us to project our zone to an enviable height and if given the mandate, I will liaise with the relevant authorities to attract a university of science and technology in Okigwe while agricultural revolution, women and youth empowerment will enjoy a pride of place in our zone”.
Besides, Uchendu, an electrical engineer, said that the youths would be trained on solar energy just as the rice mill at Ikperejere and cooperative societies would be accorded utmost attention.

As an indigene of Ihitte/Uboma council where the late senator Uwajumogu hailed from, Uchendu argued that it was only neat, proper and logical for an indigene of the local government area to be elected to complete his tenure at the nation’s Red chambers, contending that ceding the seat to another local government area would amount to a travesty of justice and an act of injustice and iniquity.
The APC chieftain recalled that a similar by-election had taken place for the Isiala Mbano, Onuimo and Okigwe federal constituency during which Onuimo local government was allowed to complete the tenure following the death of the occupant of that position who hailed from the area hence the goal post should not be shifted this time round.
“We want a situation where we can work with governor Hope Uzodinma and project our zone. He is strongly connected with the NDDC and we will use him to attract dividends of democracy for our people.

There will be aggressive rural electrification, establishment of agro-industries and maximum utilization of the Imo River for agricultural purposes and youth empowerment”
Cletus Chiedozie Anyanwu, the president General of Olu Okigwe, who spoke in tandem with a number of the councilors, extolled Uchendu as a tested seasoned administrator and a technocrat who has all it takes to remedy the neglect of the zone and wished him success in his ambition.

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