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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Senator Uchendu gets certificate of return, attacks Wike




Senator Uchendu gets certificate of return, attacks Wike

The Independent National Electoral Commission has issued a certificate of return to the candidate of the All Progressives Candidate in the Rivers East Senatorial District in the 2015 general elections, Mr. Andrew Uchendu.

This followed the decision of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which upheld the June 29, 2017 ruling of  the  Rivers State National and State Elections Petitions Tribunal, which sacked Senator George Sekibo and returned Uchendu as the duly elected senator for the zone.

The new certificate of return  was handed over to Uchendu on Tuesday by the INEC  National Commissioner in charge of the South-South, Mr. May Agbamuche-Mbu.

Speaking to journalists shortly after receiving the certificate, Uchendu who said that he had come to contribute his quota to the development of the state, said that the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike was the worst in the history of the state.

Asked to react to Wike’s comment that with his emergence as a senator, Rivers State had less than one representative in the Senate, Uchendu said the governor was the least exposed, the least travelled and the least intelligent of all the governors that had ruled the state.

“I have come to contribute my only little quota. A series of administrations have come and they made their individual contributions but the worst in mind, by my own personal evaluation, is that of the present governor who lacks the capacity to come up with vision that will impact meaningfully on the life of the people of the state.

“He is always on the war path. I have promised and vowed that I will extend my hand of fellowship to him. Possibly with my age I might be in a better position to guide him, it cannot be war, war, war and war all the time. Look at (Governor Akinwunmi) Ambode of Lagos State, he has programmes for the young, the orphans, the elderly and the entire citizenry.

“Wike knows that it was my responsibility as the Chairman of Rotimi Amaechi Political Think Tank to tutor him for 12 good years. He was only a local government chairman. That platform raised him to be chief of staff, to be made a minister and I remain the Chairman of that think tank.

“If he says I am a nobody, then really he is the worst governor that Rivers State has ever had. He is the least exposed, he is the least travelled, he is intellectually incapacitated, and haven’t got the requisite leadership capacity.”

However, Uchendu said that he was willing to make peace with Wike in the interest of the  people of the state and would indeed pay him a courtesy visit to inform him of his readiness to work with the governor.

He also promised to broker peace between Wike and Amaechi if the governor would agree to reconciliation.

Uchendu also dismissed the governor’s claim that the APC connived with the INEC and the police to rig the election.




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