Stakeholders in Anambra state are of the view that when the 8th National Assembly resumes in June, Anambra would be made proud because she elected capable candidates to represent it. Will they live up to expectations? DAVID-CHYDDY ELEKE reports
The trio of Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, Senator Andy Uba and Princess Stella Oduah all from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would from June begin representation for Anambra state in the Red chambers of the National Assembly.
They have also been described as one of the best squad that would be coming from any state and it is expected that they would synergise to bring about development in the state, especially as it has to do with infrastructural development, pushing the state governor’s agricultural revolution to make for food sufficiency. Also is to effect changes in the country’s law to accommodate Anambra as an oil producing state.
Among the incoming senators is Hon Ekwunife, a current member of the House of Representatives, who is also ranked high in the House. She has stayed eight years in the Reps and has also held sensitive positions. Most people say the choice of Iyom Ekwunife as she is popularly called is apt as it is believed that if the proverbial national cake was to be shared on the floor of the Senate, Anambra
Central would definitely get its right with her as the Senator.
The history of Anambra politics cannot be complete without her getting a fair mention for her contributions and dogged fight to occupy the governorship seat at different times. Iyom will further get the chance to assert self and also show that she is still capable of delivering when she gets to the senate.
Another Senator for Anambra in the coming Senate is Senator Andy Uba. A quiet but smooth and dogged fighter too. Uba nearly lost his sit which he also presently occupies to smooth talking and gentle former Vice Chairman of NCC, Ernest Ndukwe. Uba may be a taciturn and lacks in speech power but his ability to lead the juicy and sensitive committee chairmanship of INEC in the Senate, even as a fresher in 2011 speaks volume of his person.
He was a respected kitchen cabinet member of the Olusegun Obasanjo administration and had won the Anambra governorship seat in 2007 and reputed to have even scored more votes than registered voters in the state. Most people argued that Uba is a bench warmer in the Senate, but during the previous electioneering campaign, he insisted that he has met his campaign promises and would ensure robust representation if elected again.
Uba is a force in Anambra state and together with his younger brother, Chris Uba they have consolidated their hold in Anambra State, especially in Anambra South where the younger Uba is still in court fighting to upturn his elder brother’s victory and corner it for himself.
The last Senator from the state and who will represent Anambra North is a new comer in the game of lawmaking and she is Princess Stella Oduah, the immediate past minister of Aviation. Though she will be a rookie lawmaker, Oduah is no small name in the politics of Nigeria.
With the controversy steered by her purchase of bullet proof cars, Oduah attained a high level in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan as minister of aviation. As she goes to the Senate, she may still have to contend with the media who will also want to resurrect the scandal that led to her removal as minister and also question her credibility to be a Senator.
However just like Ekwunife and Uba, Oduah is not the type to be shunned by whoever emerges as Senate President, as she has seen it all and reputed to be wealthy and very exposed too. She is expected to help the state governor with legislations that will ensure that the Northern part of Anambra State which is known as the state’s food basket achieve its objectives. Only time will tell how well Anambra senators will fare in the 8th Senate.