By Peter Okutu
The senator representing Ebonyi North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Anthony Agbo, has alleged that some kitchen cabinet members in Governor Martin Elechi’s government were strategizing to enure he didn’t return to the senate come 2011.
He, however, reaffirmed that the maneuverings by these politicians would not slow down his political ambition of returning to the senate.
Addressing a press conference, weekend, in Abakaliki, over the controversy generated by his rivalry with Governor Elechi’s in-law and former Secretary to old Anambra State government, who is his main opponent for the seat, Senator Agbo noted that he expected political stakeholders in the zone to support his re-election bid to give room for balance in the political equation in the area.
He said: “Some politicians in Elechi’s cabinet are the ones trying to work against my political ambition.
“I don’t believe that the Governor would facilitate the nomination of Chris Nwankwo being his in-law. Governor Elechi is known for his belief in equity and fair play. I believe that I will succeed. I have the backing of God and my people on my side.
“Ebonyi Central senatorial zone, the Izzi clan, which comprises of Izzi, Abakaliki and Ebonyi local government areas, has gained over 75 percent in the political arrangements of the zone, as against my own Council, Ohaukwu..
“It would then be in the interest of fair play and equity that I am allowed to complete at least two terms in the senate to assuage the marginalization feelings of my people.
“We have achieved so much in our first tenure through sponsorship of over four bills and several motions, including attracting several development projects to my zone.
“I am a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, in Ebonyi and had not wavered in my loyalty to the party, therefore I expect the party to pay me back with endorsement for a second term in the Senate.”
Vanguard gathered that the ploy against the senator may be connected with the crusade of Chief Chris Nwankwo, Governor Elechi’s in-law, to represent Ebonyi North senatorial district, despite the general acceptance by the people in the zone that Senator Agbo should return to the senate, having performed creditably well.