Abia central PDP senatorial primaries :Reasons Sen Orji has no challenger – Umere
. I ‘ll quit senate for younger ones in 2023 – Orji
By Steve Oko
Ahead of today’s senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wawa News Global has uncovered reasons Senator Theodore Orji representing Abia Central district is the sole candidate in the race.
His Chief Liaison Officer, Hon. Ifeanyi Umere who deduced the reasons in a media chat said it was an eloquent testimony that Orji who is a first term senator has given good account of himself at the red chamber.
He said Orji ‘s achievements in the last three years when he was elected had surpassed that of his predecessors put together.
Umere said it was no mean feat for a first term senator to have over 12 bills to his credit in addition to motions .
The aide added that besides his impressive performance in his core legislative responsibilities, the former Governor had also performed creditably in terms of attracting federal projects, empowerment and human capacity development.
He explained that no fewer than 180 undergraduates from the six Local Government Areas in the zone have so far benefited from Orji’s scholarship programme which he floated shortly after he was sworn in as a way of giving back to society.
Umere added that Senator Orji whose youth empowerment inclination dates back to his days as Abia Governor has sustained his empowerment programmes which have brought succour to a lot of families.
He, therefore, said that based on the ” superlative and very impressive performances of the Senator, PDP members from the zone decided to allow him take another shot at the senate to consolidate and complete his good works “.
Umere said Senator Orji deserved a second tenure based on performance, hence, “in the wisdom of PDP members they decided to allow Papa Ukwu (Senator Orji) go for another term”.
He said with Orji as the PDP flag bearer at the main poll, the election would be a walkover for the party as his opponents in the other parties ” cannot withstand him”.
Meanwhile Senator Orji has said he would quit the senate after his second term in 2023.
He said he would be taking a bow after completing his second tenure so as to give chance to the younger generation to prove their mettle.
The former Governor thanked PDP members for their resolve not to challenge him as a mark of honour.
He promised not to disappoint the people while urging them to sustain their support for him even at the main poll.
Orji assured that the zone would witness more developments in the years ahead.
The former Governor had recently while addressing stakeholders from Umunneato (the three Ngwa LGAs in the zone) who visited him, asked them to prevail on their kinsmen contending for the seat in the other parties to shelve their ambition in the spirit of equity and justice.
He noted that before now the Umunneato and Umuahia /Ikwuano clan had been taking a shot at the senate on one term rotational basis until Senator Nkechi Nwogu from Umunneato altered the equation by taking two terms.
Orji argued that Umuahia /Ikwuano clan should be allowed to complete its turn of two terms in the spirit of equity and fair play.
He reiterated his resolve not to seek for another term after his second tenure, saying “my word is my bond “.