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Former ECOWAS Parliament speaker vies for Abia North senatorial seat

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA — AHEAD of 2015, former speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Chief Mao Ohuabunwa, has declared his intention to run for Abia North senatorial seat currently occupied by Senator Uche Chukwumereije.
According to him, the senatorial zone has not benefited from Chukwumerije’s 12 years stint in the Senate.

Ohuabunwa, a former two-time member of the House of Representatives, expressed surprise that despite the poor performance of Chukwumereije and unwritten zoning that the seat would move to Arochukwu/Ohafia area, the senator has again declared his intention to run through bill-boards.
Ohuabunwa said he was to contest for the seat in 2011, but was prevailed upon by the party and stakeholders to step down for Chukwumereije because of the reconciliation which united the party members when Governor Theodore Orji joined PDP.

He noted that blanket tickets were given to all serving law makers at both the state and federal levels at the time.
Criticising Chukwumereije’s representation, Ohuabunwa said his 12 years in the Senate had not added any value to the people of the zone, saying he would want to replace him to add value to the people.
“When you are elected, you are to add value to the people,” Ohuabunwa stressed.


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