"The LEGISLATIVE powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in a National Assembly for the Federation, which shall consist of a SENATE and a House of Representatives." The statutory provision above is Section 4 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the FRN. Sub-sections 2, 3 and 4 of Section 4 supra, goes ahead to list out the powers or as I would love to put it, duties of the National Assembly.
Law making and the need for a strong representative
Based on the second part of Section 4 supra, one can safely conclude that the SENATE is a part of the National Assembly. For the purposes of this article, the need for the electorate to vote for a STRONG, BOLD AND COURAGEOUS Senator to represent Anambra Central Senatorial District at the next National Assembly would be the main focus of my discourse.
Anambra central has since 1999 been unlucky with the caliber of people that get elected to represent them at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, and as a result, the Senatorial district has benefitted mainly from the state government, with minimal input from the Federal Government. We have even had Senators who see VIP toilets (God alone knows what makes a toilet VIP) as projects worth embarking on.
Ndi-Anambra central have been so unlucky that since 1999, no significant Federal Project has been embarked upon in the region. The quality of representation Ndi-Anambra central get at the senate can only be likened to the current state of the Enugu-Onitsha high-way, which coincidentally is the only grade A high-way in the senatorial district. To right the wrongs listed above, the people of Anambra Central need to get it right at the parliamentary elections this February, and the electorate of Anambra Central need to change the old guard.
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This time around, we the electorate must elect someone who would not see the National Assembly as his or her bedroom. We need to elect someone who unlike biblical Esau, would not sell the birthright of Ndi-Anambra Central Senatorial District at the 8th Senate. This is where the need to elect someone of Chief Sir. Victor Umeh's caliber comes in. Sir Victor Umeh has time and again, shown his unquantifiable love for Nigeria as a collective entity the Igbo nation and the people of Anambra Central Senatorial district in particular.
If anyone is in doubt of Sir Victor Umeh's ability to provide the people of Anambra Central with a strong, bold and courageous representation, then his contributions at the recently convened National Constitutional Conference should be enough to clear the doubt of such fellow. Sir Victor Umeh successfully agitated for the creation of one additional state in the South-east. He didn’t just stop at that, he ensured that Ndi Igbo were not left out of the proposed 5% victim support fund. Let us also not forget that Chief Sir Victor Umeh courageously led the fight to recover APGA’s stolen mandate in 2006.
Sir Victor Umeh’s readiness to sacrifice life and limb for the love of his people is a fact that can be attested to by even the unborn. A good representative should be a person who without fear, would agitate for the right of his people at any point in time, and if any one amongst the three major contestants in Anambra central meets this criteria, it is Chief Sir Victor Umeh. I sincerely do hope that the electorate of Anambra Central Senatorial District would get it right at next year's polls. I implore us all to vote Chief Sir Victor Umeh for bold, strong and courageous representation at the 8th senate.
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