From Steph Clem
Abia state governor, Chief Theodore Orji has been offered the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s nomination form to run for Abia Central Senatorial zone by his constituents.
Stakeholders from the six local governments that make up the senatorial zone, comprising, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano, Isiala Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South, and Osisioma LGAs, procured the form from the party’s secretariat in Umuahia and presented it to the governor on Tuesday evening at the Government House.
This development has cast a doubt on the political future of the current senator from the zone Nkechi Nwogu who is also eyeing the governorship seat.
The stakeholders led by the transition council chairman of Umuahia North, Local Government Area, Deacon Iyke Nwoko, said they purchased the form for the governor as a way of encouragement for him to understand the wish of the zone for him to run for the seat and possibly represent them in the 8th Assembly.
Deacon Nwoko informed the governor that he has the mandate of the people to run for the senate following all the good things he had done for the state as governor, saying the reason they bought the form was to compel him to run in case he had not made up his mind.
Governor Theodore Orji while receiving the forms, said it makes him happy to see that his people are yearning for his representation at the Senate, adding that there are many capable personalities from the Senatorial zone who can represent the zone.
The governor, noted that what has made him exceptional is that he is a consensus choice and stated that he still awaits those who will likely contest against him from other political parties.
It was gathered that many other politicians and groups in the state had made plans to buy the form for the governor before his constituents took the bull by horn.