By Jude Atupulazi
Stakeholders and Constituents of Aguata Federal Constituency, Anambra State have adopted Hon Ikechukwu Umenwa, member currently representing Aguata 1 in the State House of Assembly, as their candidate, describing him as the most qualified to represent them in the Federal House of Representatives in 2019.
The stakeholders and Aguata Federal constituents further said that Hon Umenwa, a.k.a. Iyke Russia, had remained untainted for 8 years in the State House of Assembly and was never arrogant and selfish as some others, even as they passed vote of confidence on his political representation so far.
A renowned farmer and CEO of Eagle Foods from Umuchu, Chief Ugochukwu Okpalaeke, and Barr Ikenna Ezeibenne from Amesi, expressed satisfaction on behalf of Aguata 1 Constituency with Umenwa's quality representation, describing him as a trustworthy son, worthy of support to actualize his dreams of more service for Aguata Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
Similarly, a business magnet and CEO of DANAS Motors, Hon Uche Okoli, said he would have asked Iyke Russia to proceed to the National Assembly because of his effective and action packed representation if he had the powers but reassured that he would support Hon Umenwa with a bus for his campaign if he
emerged the flag bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) after the party primaries.
The chairman of all chairmen of the APGA in Aguata, Onyeka Ezenwa; Hon Innocent Obiefuna ; Chief Jude Ezeobi from Akpo and Peter Ezeonyilimba, all disclosed that many constituents were in Umenwa's payroll; others in his scholarship scheme, while others were offered employment opportunities in local, state and federal agencies, as well as private organisations.
They urged Aguata 1 to mobilize Aguata 2 to support Umenwa who, according to them, resolved the 17 year old Uga crisis.
In his speech, after Umenwa's declaration at the local government party secretariat at Aguata, Hon O.C.J. Ezechukwu who is the local government chairman of APGA, and George Ogbuagu, regretted that politicians had failed the citizenry with poor representation and non-fulfilment of their promises, but lauded the massive achievements Hon Umenwa had showcased, noting that he was credible enough to represent them.
Others who spoke in similar tone were Chief Engr Isaac Okpalanzekwe, Hon Ifeanyi Dim, Hon Chigozie Umendu, Hon Engr Jude Uzoenyi, Chidi Nwakpodolu, Mrs Amaka Ifemezie, Umendigbo Williams and Chidi Ochili, among others.
Speaking earlier, the member representing Aguata 1 Constituency, Hon Ikechukwu Umenwa said he was humbled by the genuine support and solidarity from his constituents and promised to change the APGA local government office to a more befitting one.
government office to a more befitting one.
He declared his interest to contest the Federal House of Representatives seat for Aguata Federal Constituency, appealing for their support to make it a reality.
Hon Umenwa described politics as a place to help others, rather than self, noting that he had established a school for training people on skill acquisition at no cost to them.
He recalled doing many things which went without being advertised, even as he disclosed that he facilitated the employment of 100 teachers during the last teacher recruitment for his constituency.
'I don't give promises I cannot keep. The problem of Aguata lies on my head and whatever I can do to improve on it, I do without waiting or being prompted,' he said.