By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—A GROUP, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Anambra North Senatorial Zone, has raised alarm over what it described as the continued absence of their representative, Senator Alphonsus Igbeke, from the Senate chambers, alleging that their findings showed that the senator had not been attending senate sessions for some time.
Igbeke became the senator for Anambra North following the Court of Appeal ruling against Senator Joy Emodi.
In a statement signed by Mr. Mike Onoye, a lawyer, and Prince Ikem Ekwealor and made available to newsmen in Onitsha , the group wanted other Nigerians “to help them beg Igbeke to return to the Senate so that our dues from the upper chambers shall not be lost”.
The statement read in part: “Anambra North is a poor zone that has been consistently marginalized and neglected by successive governments and it will be sacrilegious that this marginalization shall be continued by our own son, who unfortunately today has the mandate to attract government attention to our zone.
“We could not have voted for this kind of representation but since the court insisted he must represent us, we believe there is a duty on him to remain in the Senate and ensure that we are qualitatively represented until we get another opportunity to say who will represent us.”
According to the group, when the people of Anambra North noticed Igbeke’s consistent absence from the upper chamber, they thought he was on some kind of national assignment that would benefit the zone.
It added that when his absence turned into months and their collective aspirations became dashed, they had to raise alarm.
The group urged Igbeke “to quit the Senate if he does not know what to do there because Senate is a full time job that requires a lot of dedication.”