By Abuchi Onwumelu
The member representing Onitsha South I State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Patrick Paddy Aniunoh, has declared his interest to contest for a second term. He made the declaration during his visit to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Onitsha South Local Government executive members.
The event took place at the APGA Onitsha South LG party Secretariat Ozomagala by Afubelu Road, Odoakpu, Onitsha.
Some of the LG stakeholders in attendance included, Prince Emeka Udodeme (SSA political and DG Victor Umeh Campaign Organization); Chief Slyvester Ezeokenwa, former APGA Onitsha South LG chairman and others were at the LG Secretariat to witness the declaration.
Receiving Hon. Aniunoh, the APGA LG party chairman, Chief Iyke Mofus Ezeoba, commended him for his achievements, noting that until the Umuoji born legislator contested and won, APGA had not won House of Assembly election in Onitsha South 1 State Constituency.
The APGA LG boss said there was a difference between a promise and what was done, referring to those coming out to challenge Aniunoh, saying that they were campaigning on what they would do while Aniunoh was campaigning with evidence of what he had done as a lawmaker.
Addressing the party leaders, Aniunoh thanked them for the massive support, which, he said, they gave to him during the 2015 general elections.
He said APGA was the pride of Ndi Igbo, noting that the NWC of APGA were in Owerri recently in continuation of their South Eastern states tour to talk to Igbos and preach to them on the reasons they should embrace APGA and help build the party.
This is even as he reeled out his achievements in his about to end first tenure, which, he said, included convening of town hall meetings,
'I started with the equipment handed over to me by my predecessor, and retained all his workers. I went to Gov Willie Obiano and explained everything to him and he endorsed it. Later I was asked to stop because of the state wide vision.
'I met with the Health commissioner, but he said he could not do anything about it. Despite the obstacles, I kept consulting for it to start again and just few months ago, it was approved for me. I started it again and it is on now.
'In Fegge, as I drove down the streets, I saw children who ought to be in school or stay at home to read hawking cold sachet water and it was not pleasant to me, hence the need to form a think tank group to organize lessons and the best students became beneficiaries of my scholarship scheme. As at today, one hundred and fifty students have benefited from the scheme.
'Within the next two days, we will set up another study centre at Ugbo Orimiri Primary School. I built a classroom block at Urban Boys Secondary School and 1,500 liters of motorized borehole.
'I applied for five transformers from the state government and they gave me two. The remaining three will be delivered next two weeks. I attracted the road construction at Niger Street, Ukpor Street, and Udi Street.
'I drew a map for electricity and met with the Commissioner for Utility for street lights in Niger Street, Ziks Avenue, Creek Road, Port Harcourt Road, Silas Works Road and very soon it will be commissioned by Gov Willie Obiano.
'I put 17 women from our constituency in the federal government's "Feed the Students Initiative" and I gave 3 people permanent jobs in different ministries in Anambra State.
'During campaigns for Gov Obiano's re-election, I made a promise that any ward that delivered Obiano would get N500,000 from me. We have ten wards in my constituency and Akpokuedike won in all the wards. By next two weeks, I will fulfil my promise to all the wards. It will be five million Naira.
'Don't listen to those trying to deceive you by creating an impression that I am not in the good books of Gov Obiano for I am Obiano's first love in the State Assembly. I have his private number and we talk always and relate cordially.
'Obiano is moved by my performance and loves me because I've been working. I ask the Onitsha South LG party exco to support me and give me their votes during the primary to continue the good works I've been doing in the state assembly,' Hon. Aniunoh concluded.