An aspirant for Ebonyi north senatorial district under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi, has consulted with the leadership of the party, disclosing his intention for the plum job to replace incumbent Senator Sam Ominyi Egwu of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Barrister Nwebonyi, a former Ebonyi State chapter chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), opined that Senator Sam Ominyi Egwu, the first democratically elected governor of Ebonyi State should not be contesting for such position, but rather allow the youths to have a taste of leadership.
Nwebonyi, a serving commissioner in Umahi’s government, disclosed he had built and commissioned forty houses, awarded scholarships to students, bought 398 motorcycles and had touched many lives in the state.
He further expressed deep satisfaction with the cost of APC expression of interest nomination forms. According to him, as a former PDP chairman in the state, the party needs funds for logistics.
He said, “I am here to inform the party of my interest to contest for Ebonyi North senatorial district in the 2023 election. And being a party man; I have been loyal to the party and I have attracted democracy dividends for my people, not just within my zone, but the entire state.
“You can score me from the positions I have held before now, party chairman and now commissioner. I have touched lives. Like today, I told you I will be commissioning the 40th building I have built for people. I had built 39, today, I will be commissioning the 40th. I have given out 398 motorcycles. I have empowered many students and I have given scholarships.
“I was the first government appointee to give vehicles to party officials in my local government area. I am convinced beyond doubt that the party would listen to me, just as they will listen to other aspirants. But at the end, they will juxtapose and come up with their best”, he said.
Speaking on Egwu’s aspiration, Nwebonyi said, “Like you know, we made him the senator. So, the king makers are there, they will make another king. I must tell you in all sincerity that my brother you mentioned should not be contesting for that seat again because God has favoured him, he should let God bless another person.
“All Nigerians are clamouring for younger people because in every assignment, the younger blood always delivers better. If you look at the cream of governors coming up, 80% of them are young men and I believe that mine will not be different. If I am there with my brother, Rt. Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru as governor, you can think of what will happen. Goodies will be flowing and the youths will be happy.
“This is the time the youths would work for themselves. All these while they have been working for their fathers. My constituents should expect good roads, youth empowerment, job creation and they should expect charity because I will do more of that.
“I am a businessman and number one rice farmer in Ebonyi State. As I speak to you, I have 2,000 bags of rice. By tomorrow, I will go to the market and raise the money. Calculate 2,000 bags by 15,000. I am very comfortable with the cost of the forms. This is because to run the party, you must have the cash. You need to fund campaigns, produce banners and sponsor adverts”, Nwebonyi said.
Speaking in an interview with journalists, the Ebonyi State chapter chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Stanley Okoro Emegha, advised members of the party seeking for elective positions to do that with love.
“As a father of all, I owe nothing other than to give them advice. I can’t afford to lose any person in my family – the family of APC. My advice is that they should do their consultation with every sense of love. If it is not you, obviously it must be your brother. As such, we know the better candidate in our house to send to represent us.
“Why will the party not be sincere in the cost of the form even for young people who are running? In our time table, there is a provision for young people to get form at a very reduced cost. If they are not sincere, why would they reduce the cost of the form for young people by 40%. So, we are sincere”, he stated.