Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, John Chinedu Emeka will slug it out with Senator Stella Odua over the ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Anambra North senatorial district.

While serving Senator Odua recently defected to APGA, Emeka yesterday formally picked the Expression of Interest and Nomination Form to contest the party’s senatorial ticket in the 2019 general elections.

Addressing journalists after picking the form at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Emeka pledged to give the Anambra North senatorial district quality representation at the upper chamber.

The ex-minister of transport said with a solid background in ICT, he intended to pursue a programme of youth empowerment through skills acquisition which will offer employment opportunities to vast majority of the youths.

Asked what to expect from him if he emerges winner, he said, “our senatorial zone has not had an impactful representation after the days of Dr Chuba Okadigbo, a very competent legislator with the exception of two or three others like Sen. Joy Emordi.

“I am going to the senate to make the difference, to bring in vibrancy and let Nigerians know that Anambra North still exists.”

On the likely clash with the incumbent Senator Odua, Emeka said: “I don’t want to talk about individuals but issues. I just want to strategise for my election. I will concern myself with what I have to do for my people.

“Your record should speak for you when you have been in the office. The fundamental question is why should somebody move from one party to another. Our governor, Willie Obiano, you will recall, did very well in APGA, remained in the party and got victory.”.