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2015: Gov. T.A Orji Declares For Senate

Source: pointblanknews.com

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia has declared his intention to run for the

Senate in the 2015 general elections.
Orji made the declaration at a civic reception jointly organised in his

honour by the people of Ikwuano, Umuahia North and Umuahia South LGAs.

He said that his decision was due to pressures from his people urging him

to run for the Senate and that he had no choice other than to accept their

request.
“For some time now, there has been so much pressure coming from different

groups, communities, individuals and organisations that I should run for

the Senate.
''Since this is coming from my people, I have no choice than to accept the

demand'', he said.
He thanked the people for having faith in him, saying that they could not

have requested him to go and represent them at the senate if they did not

believe in him.
The governor also urged the people to continue to support his

administration, the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

He described PDP as “the only party in Nigeria today with a national

outlook'', and the only party that could give Ndigbo (Igbo people) a voice

in the country.
Orji said that the developmental stride of his administration was in line

with the transformation agenda of Jonathan's administration.

He listed the achievements of his administration to include the

construction of Abia State Diagnostic/Specialist Hospitals in Umuahia and

Aba, over 250 healthcare centres and two state secretariats.

Others are an international conference centre and a new Government House

(under construction).
Earlier, Chairman of the organising committee, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya,

said the reception was organised to honour and celebrate the governor.

Ogbonnaya noted that Umuahia, the state capital, had not witnessed

significant physical development since the creation of the state in 1991

until the present administration.
“The infrastructure development that has so far taken place within the

second tenure of the governor is unparalleled'', Ogbonnaya said.

He, therefore urged Orji to run for the Abia Central senatorial seat in

the National Assembly, saying that people had adopted him as their sole

candidate for the Senate in 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor, who hails from

Umuahia, would serve out his second tenure in 2015.

Seven local government areas namely: Ikwuano, Umuahia North and South as

well as Osisioma, Isialangwa North and South LGAs make up Abia central

senatorial district.
The governor was conferred with the traditional title of Omeudo-gburugburu

(Ambassador of Peace) by traditional rulers from Ikwuano and Umuahia,

comprising nine clans.
The reception was attended by eminent sons and daughters of the state as

well as prominent politicians, including some members of the state and

National Assemblies and top government functionaries. (NAN)