ANAMBRA CENTRAL: SENATOR UCHE EKWUNIFE AND THE DEFEATED VICTOR UMEH, WHAT'S THIS COMPARISON?
For some days now, I've watched with dismay as Chief Victor Umeh and his cronies attempt to draw up some myopic comparison between the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Uche Ekwunife and Chief Victor Umeh, and I ask, on what basis should anyone compare a proven performer like Senator Uche Ekwunife with an average politician whose umerited stay in the Senate was full of controversies and below par performances?
I find it completely shocking that Chief Umeh and his internet thugs are parading mediocre projects and legislative works online, in an attempt to compare the ineffective and uninspiring representation Ndi Anambra Central experienced during Mr. Umeh's unfortunate entrance and stay in the Nigerian Senate albeit through the back door.
In a poorly concocted and highly unintelligent article entitled, ANAMBRA CENTRAL ONCE HAD A SENATOR, Victor Umeh's untrained media aides struggled without success to revive a product already rejected by the entire SEVEN local governments that make up Anambra Central Senatorial District.
WHAT ARE THESE "ACHIEVEMENTS" BEING PARADED TO PROMOTE THE DEFEATED VICTOR UMEH?
In a sad display of ignorance of what quality representation entails, the untrained aides to the failed former Deputy Chairman Senate committee on Labour and Employment paraded an unproved scholarship to 70 indigent students, an alleged training of 150 youths in an unnamed skills acquisition programme and the disbursement of N50,000 to the wives of some of his supporters in the guise of widows empowerment programme as Umeh's achievement during his unceremonious stay in the Senate.
Shockingly, these enemies of goodwill went further to claim a bill which was simply co-sponsored by Senator Umeh as his, one of which was the Bill to Establish Federal University of Education in Aguleri, Anambra State (Est. etc.) 2018. Umeh, in his usual way of claiming what is never his, arranged his aides to claim that he wholly sponsored this bill and many others. A claim I consider laughable, as a simple Google search of the title of this Bill reveals the actual sponsor of the Bill.
Even more alarming is the dubious claims that the failed former Senator attracted 68 projects to the constituency in one year! What a joke!
Even though the article failed to list these projects, Ndi Anambra Central are aware of the existence of some uninspiring constituency projects by Chief Umeh. These casual works such as erection of Water Boreholes, Construction of 2 blocks of classrooms in few schools when his colleagues had erosion control projects, road projects and others as constituency projects, give him (Umeh) away as one who lacks the capacity to attract laudable projects to the constituency.
Is it the 31 tricycles he shared to his supporters which were said to be bought at an exorbitant and outrageous price of 1.5 millon naira each? His embrassing display of ignorance of constitutional provisions on the floor of the Senate on the 23rd of October, 2018 when a colleague Senator told him to apologize for trying to mislead the Senate or his failed attempt to plagiarize a motion previously presented by Senator Eyinnanya Abaribe on the floor of the Senate? Where does one end, the list of Chief Umeh's failed representation is endless!
*NOW ENOUGH OF UMEH'S WELL KNOWN FAILURES, LET'S DISCUSS SENATOR UCHE EKWUNIFE'S STERLING AND VOCAL REPRESENTATION IN THE 9TH SENATE!*
Even without the implementation of the 2020 budget and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Uche Ekwunife in one year has distributed 66 tricycles to constituents of Anambra Central Senatorial District against Chief Umeh's 31, sponsored 15 Bills against Umeh's 3 controversial bills in almost 2 years, facilitated employment for 85 graduates when Umeh as Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Labour Employment failed to secure any employment for even his closest aides and supporters save for his close family members. While close to 400 persons have received empowerment trainings on ICT, Soap making, bag making and a host of other skills in the last one year courtesy of Senator Uche Ekwunife, Chief Victor Umeh is boasting with a purported training of 150 youths in an unknown skill in nearly 2 years of his stay as Senator.
More so, in less than one year, Senator Ekwunife already has 15 impactful motions to her name while Umeh only had 2 adopted motions, the 3rd one was turned down for his display of ignorance of legislative processes.
Ekwunife had gone ahead to facilitate the distribution of educational materials to 131 primary and secondary schools in the Anambra Central Senatorial District, organized a free medical outreach programme across the 58 communities of Anambra Central, faciliated training and distribution of laptop computers to 50 youths to enhance their digital skills, made cash donations and distributed beddings to Loretto Special Science School Adazi-Nnukwu to support the rebuilding of the school hostel which was gutted by fire, and recently out of her humanity and support for the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, she distributed palliatives, protective Items and cash support across the 113 political wards within the district.
Ndi Anambra Central, you may recall that in 2015 when Chief Victor Umeh stole the mandate given to Senator Uche Ekwunife through a widely condemned Appeal Court judgment thereby sneaking into the Senate through the back door, Senator Ekwunife let him be without issuing any form of verbal or media attacks on him. She kept working to recover her stolen mandate knowing that she is the People's Choice and that her opponent lacked the capacity to address the yearnings of the constituents, this was exemplified when she, in February 2019, defeated Chief Victor C. Umeh in the entire 7 local governments of the Senatorial District with over 40,000 votes margin.
Now, it's barely one year and the defeated Victor Umeh and his untrained media tugs, out of boredom and joblessness have resumed their spread of propaganda when the people of Anambra Central are still counting their losses during the time Umeh and his co-conspirators scuttled a mandate that earned us the highly sort Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream in 2015!
Obviously, Chief Victor Umeh remains the only Candidate in the last election who is yet to get over the shock of losing to a more popular candidate at the polls, and hence his continuous sponsoring of internet thugs to attack the people's choice representative of Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife. These lapdogs have continued to do the bidding of their master in the most unprofessional and infantile manner.
Chief Victor Umeh should be informed that no matter his antics, the Senate seat of Anambra Central Senatorial District has gone far beyond his reach. The mandate of Senator Uche Ekwunife is divine and the people of Anambra Central Senatorial District are proud of the choice they made!