I’ll consolidate on my revolutionary strides if re-elected – Sen Uba


Olugbenga Salami

Senator representing Anambra South District in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Uba has promised to consolidate on his revolutionary strides if re-elected into the upper legislative chamber during the 2023 general elections.

Uba, who emerged as the candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP during Sunday’s National Assembly primary election of the party, assured his constituents of better days as a returning lawmaker under the platform of the same party.

The lawmaker was returned unopposed with 34 votes by the delegates while there was one void vote at the Converge Hotel, Nnewi, venue of the primary election.

The primary was conducted by the officials from the headquarters of the party led by the National Secretary, Barrister Vidiyeno Baimaiyi and witnessed by representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Uba promised to attract more infrastructures and other social amenities as well as empowerment programmes that would further make life worthy of living for the Ndi Anambra South.

In related development, Hon. Peter Uzokwe who is the former President General of Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area also emerged as the candidate of the party for the Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency.

Meanwhile, plans by former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, to contest next year’s presidential election on the platform of Labour Party, LP appeared shaky as a faction of the party threatened to renew its legal battle this week.

According to a former Deputy National Chairman of the LP, Calistus Okafor, who leads a faction of the party, Obi failed to carry out due diligence before he, allegedly, identified with another faction led by Julius Abure which he described as a wrong one.

Lawyer to Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, confirmed that the case, which the unions instituted against the late Abdulkadir Abdulsalam leadership of the party, now under the Julius Abure faction, was still pending in court.

Okafor wondered why Obi decided to defect to LP without proper information on the fact that the party’s leadership had been a subject of litigation since 2018.

He, however, declared himself as the authentic national chairman of the party, explaining that he got the post by virtue of his position as Deputy National Chairman of the party when the late national chairman, Abdulsalam, was in office.

According to him, Abure, who is currently leading a faction of the party, was Acting National Secretary, when Abdulsalam died in 2020.

He further claimed that Abure announced himself as National Chairman without recourse to the provisions of the party’s constitution which stipulated that the deputy national chairman should act and/or replace the chairman in the event of death or resignation.