By Sabi Onyenew, Owerri
Raymond Onyeugo, a seasoned legal practioner and the candidate of the Accord Party is now assumed to have been indirectly adopted by and preferred to other candidates vying for the Aboh Mbaise/NgorOkpala Federal Constituency, Imo State, some chieftains of other political parties in the Federal Constituency who spoke to BusinessDay on conditions of anonymity, fearing victimization and anti party penalty, have said.
“What we are witnessing for nearly four years now is not effective and adequate representation. Aboh Mbaise and NgorOkpala Federal Constituency is not being heard of at all, our representative in the House of Representatives is not vibrant, vocal and outspoken.
“We have erosion problems, bad road networks, unemployment and lack of infrastructural facilities. Our land is good for farming, yet none of these or others has been presented at the floor of the House for discussion, yet, we say that somebody is representing us at the Federal Constituency. We read newspapers and watch television but the Federal Constituency is not being heard of. We need a vibrant person who can speak for us and give us effective and quality representation. Raymond Onyeugo has the credibility and the quality including the vibrancy we need”.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Aboh Mbaise said in a telephone interview; “I don’t think the person representing us in the Federal Constituency now has anything to go and do there again. For almost four years now, we don’t even see him or read him discuss the problems of the Federal constituency in the newspapers. Now let us try the young man Onyeugo, many people seemed to have already adopted him, even though he is not in my party. Because the way things are happening various political parties have decided to vote for personalities.”
Onyeugo who spoke to some members of the constituency in his country home, Umuorisha Umuohiagu in NgorOkpala local government said he had consulted widely and also found out that the federal constituency lacks effective and quality representation and has come to give the constituency a voice in Abuja.
He assured them that critical issues like unemployment, menace of erosion, lack of federal infrastructure and others would be discussed at the floor of the Federal House of Representatives. “I make a passionate appeal to the people of the federal constituency to look beyond political parties, religious affiliations and vote for who can put up effective and quality representation and help to bring dividends of democracy to the people”.