The newly sworn in Senator from Rivers East, Senator Andrew Uchendu has stated that he will throw party affiliations aside to work with Governor Nyesome Wike.
He made this statement during an exclusive chat with our reporter at his residence in Abuja while receiving members of his constituents, political associates, friends and family members who had come to celebrate with him on his swearing in as a Senator after the long and rigorous court battle that saw Senator George Sekibo vacate the Senate.
In his words he said, “The time for politics is over, I will work with the PDP led government of Rivers state to ensure that my constituents get a better deal in terms of development, because it is the interest of the people that is paramount.”
To be a successful Senator I must work with governor Nyesom Wike for the betterment of my people and fortunately I have better knowledge of the legislature, I am also older than him, I have also served 8 years as the Managing Director of a Rivers state government owned company and so I am better positioned to know what the needs of our people are.”
Those areas that I believe he is lacking I will provide the bridging gap to make him render better and greater services to Rivers people, it is not about any individual it is about Rivers State.”
You will recall that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have been very critical of the APC and how it has regained some legislative positions through the courts after members of his party the PDP have been previously announced as winners by INEC, but the former House of Representatives member wants to put politics aside to work with the Governor.
He confirmed that he will be paying Gov. Nyesom Wike a courtesy visit soon, only if the governor will accept it. According to him, “I will be paying Governor Wike a courtesy visit very soon to make some suggestions on how to move the state forward and it is left for him to accept it or reject it because I insist that what is paramount should not be political affiliations or whatever but the interest of Rivers people.”
In parliament you can make an impact under 3 months depending on what your focus is. In my particular case I am coming back into the Senate with my 12 years experience in the lower house of Parliament which will give me an edge over all other issues so I do not think that I need to learn too many ropes, which means that I will hit the ground running in my new responsibility.”
When you observe the huge number of persons who have spent time to come all the way from my constituency to show solidarity you will appreciate what this means to them, but above all it inspires me to be more responsive and focused on the task ahead. I also want to use this opportunity to assure them that all their desires and aspirations shall be met as God will help me not to disappointment them.”
When asked if he will not end up being another political stooge of the Minister for Transport Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, he insisted that such views are only a product of politically naive minds.
“Those who share the view that I am going to be another political lackey of Rotimi Amaechi must be naive of the nature of what we have been doing all these years. We all started with PDP since 1999 and Rotimi Amaechi has been our political leaders throughout these years and through his instrumentality Rivers State have been able to have people like Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, Nyesom Wike, Magnus Abe, my humble self and many others. So if I am singled out of the many persons that Rotimi Amaechi has propelled into political prominence to be criticised then that is unfair, we all have a common stake which is the interest of Rivers state and how it will be better governed.
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