Senator Obinna Ogba representing Ebonyi Central has described his victory at the polls, tribunal and appeal court, as one over thieves.
Speaking during his thanksgiving ceremony at Nkalagu, Ishiellu Local Government Area, he said his victory was unprecedented, because he challenged a sitting governor, whom everyone regarded as Goliath.
It would be recalled that Nnanna Elechi, the son of the immediate past governor, Martin Elechi, had dragged Ogba to the appeal court praying it to cancel the election and ordered a fresh election, arguing that the election was marred by irregularities.
He attributed his victory over the Elechis as, “Victory over forces that tried to ‘steal’ the mandate given to me by God.
“My victory is a credit to God, because he made it possible and also to my people, who trooped out on the election day to vote for me.
“I, therefore, rededicate myself to the service of my people, to bring sustainable and people-oriented development in agriculture, infrastructure, among others,” he said.
Earlier, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, pledged to support state government’s agitation for refund of money spent on rehabilitating of federal roads.
According to Saraki, “State governments need to be encouraged to get the refunds because, if this is not done, they will be discouraged to do more.
“The Senate would definitely support them on this issue, as it is for the peoples’ good.
“It will be under the condition for Ebonyi state that the funds would be used to develop Nkalagu, where the agreement of our assistance was reached”.
Saraki said that Ebonyi Central Constituency made no mistake in choosing Mr. Ogba to represent it, saying that he had distinct qualities.
Also, in his remark, the state governor, Hon. Dave Umahi, commended the Senate for its untiring efforts and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country.
“We, however, beg you to intervene in the issue of refunding to the state governments funds expended in rehabilitating federal roads.
“State governments are owed a total of N556 billion by the federal government on rehabilitated roads; we seek a law that makes it mandatory to refund states whenever such projects are executed.
“We would even accept the refund of initial 50 per cent of the funds with negotiations on the balance as the federal roads are used by citizens of the various states,” he said.
He congratulated Mr. Ogba on the occasion and noted that all current political office holders in the state achieved success by the special grace of God.
Other senators who attended the occasion included Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Gil Nnaji, and Senator Chuka Utazi.
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