Lagos—The Bishop of Evangelism and Discipleship, Methodist Church Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Sunday Onuoha, has declared his intention to contest a senatorial seat in Abia State.
Onuoha, who will be contesting the Abia North Senatorial seat under the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, seeks to unseat Senator Uche Chukwumerije.
The clergy, who is also chairman, Vision Africa Radio (FM 101), Umuahia, announced his plan late on Wednesday at a fund-raising dinner organised by his friends in Lagos.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that he was bringing integrity, uprightness, exemplary living and experience to politics.
Onuoha had served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Special Adviser on Privatisation.
According to Onuoha, God has ordained him to proclaim freedom to Nigerians, hence his decision to go into politics which many perceive as dirty.
“If politics is dirty, it has to be washed. I know that there are clean people who entered into politics and came out clean, and I hope to follow their footsteps,’’ he said.
Commenting on Onuoha’s plan, Prof. Joe Irukwu, former Ohanaeze President, said the entrance of good men became necessary because of the degenerating quality of politics in Nigeria.
“I believe that politics and religion are concerned about human beings and how to make society better. I think the blend between religion and politics is a positive one.
“This is not the first time that I have seen the clergy trying to play a role in politics. So I think it is a positive development,’’ Irukwu said.
According to him, the situation in Abia has been making many people uncomfortable.
Some of the dignitaries at the dinner were Elder Uma Eliazu, Group Managing Director, Nigeria Flour Mills; Dr Emmanuel Akwariukpabi, former Lay President, Methodist Conference of Nigeria; and Sir Remi Omotosho.
Others were Prof. Herbert Oji, MD, Suma Guaranty; Chief Theo Eke, former MD, Union Assurance Plc; Sir Ogala Osaka, MD, Nigerian Reinsurance and Eze James Ogbonnaya. (NAN)