By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—STAKEHOLDERS from Anambra Central senatorial zone, yesterday, in Awka vowed to return Mrs. Uche Ekwunife to the Senate in the scheduled rerun senatorial election for the zone.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, recently nullified the election of Ekwunife and ordered a fresh election on the ground that the election was marred by irregularities.
Following the development, both Ekwunife and her opponent from All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh have resumed campaigns for the election.
At a town hall meeting in Awka, stakeholders from the seven local government areas that make up the zone, promised to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the people vote for Ekwunife, arguing that she has acquired enormous legislative experience that would be of great advantage to the zone.
In a resolution passed at the meeting, the people said that the mandate which was given Senator Ekwunife in the last National Assembly election in Anambra Central cannot be compromised, notwithstanding the decision of the court.
They also said that the people of the zone, irrespective of their political affiliation, had decided to vote her back to the Senate to continue the work she had already started before the nullification of the election.
A former commissioner in Anambra State, Chief Kenneth Enemuo moved a motion for the resolution and was seconded by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Chuba Oranusi.
Immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi told the stakeholders that Ekwunife’s presence at the Senate would be of great benefit to the people of Anambra Central and urged them to repeat what they did in the last election by voting massively for her.