Okigwe Senate: Zeekmartins makes case for Ihitte Uboma, Etiti Bloc

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By EZE Amaeshi Former security adviser to ex-Governor Achike Udenwa, and opinion leader in Okigwe Senatorial zone, High Chief Zeekmartins Nnadozie, has called on the people, leaders and stakeholders of Okigwe Senatorial zone to be pragmatic in the issue of who represents the zone in the Senate, advising that Ihitte Uboma LGA where late Senator Ben Uwajumogu hailed from, should be allowed to finish what they had started as, according to him, the forthcoming senatorial election is a completion tenure and not a fresh one. However, Chief Zeekmartins Nnadozie observed that ‘ if there is nobody capable, marketable and willing from Ihitte Uboma and Etiti bloc, then Okigwe bloc should take over.” Chief Nnadozie, a security expert, gave this suggestion last Thursday when interacting with newsmen in his office in Owerri on the issue of who succeeds late Senator Uwajumogu in the Senate. The Ehime Mbano political leader said, however, that he was only being emotional, not unaware that people from Okigwe bloc and Mbano bloc are also eager to run. He maintained that the tenure belongs to Ihitte Uboma but that in a democracy, a senatorial position is not given but contested for. High Chief Zeekmartins Nnadozie lamented the non representation of Okigwe zone at the red chambers of the National Assembly, saying that the zone had lost immensely as late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu’s budgetary contributions in favour of the zone would either not be followed through or be diverted by other senators at the detriment of Okigwe zone. On the alleged aspiration of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume to challenge for the coveted Okigwe senatorial seat, High Chief Nnadozie stated that the former Senator was free to contest as a son of Okigwe zone, adding that nobody should be stopped and that people should refrain from character assassination. He described Senator Araraume as a good man he had known for many decades who would not need anybody’s financial backing to contest elections. Nnadozie also dismissed the issue of zoning, saying that ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha actually killed zoning in the state, otherwise Governor Uzodinma would have no business at Douglas House today. Reacting on the rumour that everyone was waiting for Governor Hope Uzodinma to annoint a candidate, High Chief Zeekmartins stressed that the governor must not have overbearing influence in the matter as that could lead to protest votes against such annointed candidate. He advised people around Governor Uzodinma to stop de-marketing him as they are not helping the governor who he described as a good man. Nnadozie insisted that Governor Hope Uzodinma doesn’t need enemies and urged his handlers to desist from dropping his name in manners that could hurt his image. Of the aspirants said to be interested to succeed Uwajumogu, High Chief Zeekmartins Nnadozie described them all as having impressive track records and eminently qualified to become senators.

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