Uchendu: ‘Why I Left PDP’ …Picks Senate Form

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Officials of CB Geo-Solutions Sam Ezugworie and Chidiebere Offor signing the contract document of pre-sack migration of 3D seismic data acquisition with Shell while Bayo Ojulari and others watch. Photo: NAN
Officials of CB Geo-Solutions Sam Ezugworie and Chidiebere Offor signing the contract document of pre-sack migration of 3D seismic data acquisition with Shell while Bayo Ojulari and others watch. Photo: NAN

Member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency, Chief Andrew Uchendu has picked nomination form to contest the Rivers East Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress(APC) in next year’s elections.
Chief Uchendu told party supporters at the State APC secretariat yesterday in Port Harcourt that youth empowerment remains his major focus as he bids for the senate.
The Emohua born federal law maker said he was heading for the senate as a way of consolidating on his achievements as a law maker in the past 12 years.
“I’am told I served well. You are equally aware I served my state, I’am told I served well. I have served my country, I’am told I served well evidenced by the award of the Officer of the Order of Niger(OON). This form will enable me contest the senatorial district election so that I can serve the Rivers-East senatorial district come 2015,”Uchendu told journalists after picking his expression of interest form.
He promised to better the lots of his constituents if voted, pointing out that effective legislation is his focal point to transform and empower youths of the area.
For now, he submitted that no candidate can beat his records recalling that he sponsored over two bills which include the Due process law which has reduced corruption.
Chief Uchendu also said in the past 12 years he has nominated two projects-the National Youth Development Centre at Emohua and the Skill Acquisition Centre at Elele.
All these he said is to empower youths, maintaining that employment remain one sure way to curb insecurity in the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Uchendu said he left the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) because they failed to protect him.
He accused the PDP of reneging on its promise to its lawmakers after attempt to elect Molikat Akande as Speaker of the House failed in 2011.
In his words, ” I made sacrifices for PDP and abandoned my friend Tambuwal due to party directives, but PPD abandoned me and those that agreed to vote for Molikat Akande; those that complied with party directives. I was the Chairman of the South-South Parliamentary Caucus and I ensured all of us voted for Molikat, but when Molikat failed, the party shut its door against me. Never again will I find myself in such a party.”