The United Patriots’ senatorial candidate for Anambra South, Mr Chukwudi Ezeobika, on Wednesday alleged that Uga, Aguata and the rest of Anambra South have never benefited from any project since 1999.
He attributed the development to the way individuals elected to represent the people of the district since 1999 have been seeing power not as a responsibility but as a means to advance their personal and selfish interests.
Ezeobika said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
He described the Constituency Development Funds as funding arrangements that channel money from the Federal Government directly to electoral constituencies for local infrastructure projects.
Decisions about how the funds are allocated and spent, he said, were influenced by members of the National Assembly.
He said, “Constituency project ought to be a mechanism that would enhance the participation of citizens in the judicious utilisation of funds that would bring about accountability and socio-economic development.
“It is indeed incumbent on any responsible representative to seek for the inclusion of our traditional rulers together with the various Presidents-General across Anambra South Senatorial District who have a better understanding of how and where those projects are to be sited and executed.
“Ineptitude and blurred vision on the part of our politicians and recycled representatives have indeed become a stumbling block to our progress, as tangible projects such as roads, health care facilities and other basic amenities deserved by a decent community, are lacking in the whole of Anambra South.
“The essence of involving community leaders is to encourage grassroots participation in governance and to hold elected representatives accountable.”
Ezeobika, however, said there was a new opportunity for the people of the senatorial district to choose a new path and elect someone who has the requisite capacity, competence and credibility to deliver on the core values of representation.
“A quick flip amongst the individuals contesting for Senate in Anambra South Senatorial District in the forthcoming 2019 general elections will leave you with no doubt as to the quality of my candidacy which is indeed equal to none.
“Let us stand up and take our future in our own hands by choosing to change and overhaul this current status quo that has held us down as a people, for so many years.
“Let us believe in ourselves and choose hope and not despair; faith and not disbelief. To be able to achieve a different result, we must choose to do things differently,” he added.