Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
The Senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Enugu North Zone ended on a jubilant mood as Sen. Chukwuka Utazi clinched the ticket unopposed.
In a primary election of the party held at Government Field, Nsukka, Utazi polled a total of 1,065 votes of the 1,079 accredited number of delegates from the six local governments of Nsukka, Igbo Eze North and South, Igbo Etiti, Udenu and Uzo-Uwani that make up the Senatorial Zone.
Declaring Utazi winner of the election to contest again for a return seat to the National Assembly, the Returning Officer, Dr. Chukwuemeka Nwatu, commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct during the election noting that the election is the first time in the political history of the zone that a candidate was returned unopposed.
In an acceptance speech after the announcement of the result, Sen. Utazi, who became emotional following the overwhelming support shown by the people to him, expressed appreciation to God, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the state and members of his constituency for the unwavering support to him.
He also appreciated the National Delegation of the PDP for the election led by the Deputy National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Baba Abubakar.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes promised to redouble his efforts in pushing for the welfare and constituency needs of his people while maintaining his grassroots and open door policy in his representation.
“I’m a faith based politician with the Holy Bible as my guide. I don’t say no when I meant to say yes and vice versa.
“I thank God for His immeasurable grace upon me despite my unworthiness. When I aspired to go to the Senate for the first time, nobody gave me a chance and when I eventually succeeded after previous attempts, some described me as a first time Senator.
“People knowing my humble background never expected me to go this far.
“God used Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to make this possible and I always tell people that I don’t praise them in the front so that it won’t look like sycophancy.
“But I know that I will prove my loyalty to Ugwuanyi when he leaves office as a governor.
“We shall continue to represent the people with utmost commitment to their welfare and that’s why I’m always available at home whenever we are through with the Abuja legislative business and maintains a constituency office that is always accessible to the constituents.
“I will always continue to justify this mandate given to me at all times through impactful representation,” he said.