LEADERS, GLADIATORS AND GAME CHANGERS THAT EMERGED TRIUMPHANT IN THE 2018 PRIMARIES
SENATOR SUNNY OGBUOJI: The recently conducted APC gubernatorial primaries in Ebonyi State was a referendum of sorts on the popularity and grassroots acceptability of Distinguished Senator Sunny Ogbuoji, Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation s and he indeed rose to the occasion by unleashing a political tsunami of sorts that decisively drowned the fleeting political ambitions of his coterie of disorganized opponents.
With his adversaries scampering for cover to avoid total annihilation, a redoubtable Senator Sunny Ogbuoji has emerged as the candidate to beat in the 2018 gubernatorial contest as the occupants of Government House, Abakiliki have hardly slept a wink since his landslide primaries victory which is in consonance with the Ebonyi people’s desire for meaningful and positive change rather than the revolving chair dynastic succession that has been the bane of the state’s politics for decades resulting in parlous and lackluster developmental indices throughout the Salt of the Nation State.
However an unwavering and resolute Senator Sunny Ogbuoji is poised to take matters in his own hands and turn the fortunes of the state for the better this time around as he has vowed to go the whole hog in ensuring the wholesale infrastructural transformation, economic development, socio-political renewal and rapid industrial revolution of sorts for the benefits of all Ebonyians irrespective of cultural, linguistic or partisan affiliation.
COMP. GEN. DAVID PARRADANG (rtd): The erstwhile Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service has been crucially cited as a pace setter and bridge builder of sorts credited with the holistic transformation of the service and its restructuring, re-organization and repositioning for a more credible, responsive and efficient service delivery to the Nigerian people via a series of landmark administrative, operational, organizational and policy reforms.
In the 2018 PDP Senatorial primaries, a resolute DAVID PARRADANG easily overwhelmed his opponents to emerge as the party’s candidate for the Plateau Central Senatorial zone, a feat that many seasoned pundits have described as a mere stepping stone to his inauguration as a Distinguished Senator of the 9th National Assembly given his legendary all round popularity and widespread acceptance among the diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups in the senatorial zone and beyond.
Indeed Senators as well as the other federal legislators in the 9th NASS are set for interesting and intellectually invigorating times as the vibrant and astute political avatar who will no doubt set the tone and direction of debate, deliberation and legislation in the august Assembly to a threshold akin to those of the western advanced democracies.
Undoubtedly the main beneficiaries will be the stoic and hardworking people or Plateau Central Senatorial zone.
HON. BETTY APIAFI: The durable and highly influential Chairman House Committee on Health Institutions has emerged as one of the most vibrant and outspoken legislators in the 8th National Assembly having sponsored a record number of bills, motions and resolutions on the floor of the Green Chamber aimed at enhancing the interests, welfare and wellbeing of her constituents.
Therefore, it came as little surprise to keen media pundits and observers when she squarely defeated an array of male opponents to emerge as the undisputed candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Rivers West Senatorial district in the 2015 general elections.
Hon. Betty Apiafi’s commanding presence, invaluable experience and resolute commitment to grassroots development and emancipation has placed her in a commanding position to influence the pace and direction of political discourse and deliberation in her senatorial zone, Rivers state and beyond as this professional banker par excellence has dedicated her entire political and public service career towards liberating her beloved people from political bondage, social oppression and economic servitude in all its negative manifestations. After a precedent shattering three term tenure in the House of Representatives, a highly motivated Hon. Betty Apiafi is set to make history as the first female Distinguished Senator from Rivers State, thus undoubtedly imprinting her indelible footprints in the unshifting sands of time.
As Bonaparte Napoleon once observed ‘no army in the world can stop an idea whose time has come’.
HON. MOHAMMED BAGO: The erstwhile Chairman house Committee on Marine Safety, Education and Administration has emerged as a durable political colossus in Changanga federal constituency and Niger State as a whole capable of dispatching his adversaries at will via the ballot box due to his resounding popularity among the teeming masses who have reaped copious dividends of democracy since his trailblazing inauguration into the Green Chamber of the House of Representatives in 2011.
Indeed the bold, forthright and resolute Hon. Mohammed Bago, a professional banker by calling has earned deserved plaudits and accolades for his benevolent and compassionate disposition even though he does not suffer fools gladly for long as many sycophants and perpetual malcontents have discovered to their chagrin.
Hon. Mohammed Bago has taken his oversight responsibilities quite seriously, initiating and superintending a record number of public investigative hearings on the operational and financial activities of agencies and parastatals in the crucial maritime sector.
Thus with his vast knowledge and experience in the political, legislative and socio-economic arena, those in the know were not caught flat footed when Hon. Bago demolished his opponents in the APC National Assembly primaries thus further cementing his awesome reputation as a political dynamo par excellence in the North Central geo-political zone and beyond.
Indeed the vast majority of his constituents as well as his colleagues in the National Assembly eagerly await his return so that he can continue the arduous and painstaking assignment he has undertaken for the ultimate benefit of his constituents and Nigerians in general.
HON. ABDULRAZAK NAMDAS: Unanimously voted as the Most Courageous and Most Proactive House Member of the 8th National Assembly, a highly focused Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas hit the ground running immediately after his auspicious inauguration with the launching of several ground breaking constituency projects and interventions meant to deliver crucial democratic dividends to the good people of Jada/Ganye/Mayo Belwa/Toungo federal constituency of Adamawa State. Also as Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, the seasoned communication czar has stoutly defended the House and indeed the entire National Assembly against a campaign of calumny, blackmail and mudslinging by an army of traducers, paid media hacks and assorted sycophants and henchmen of the Executive branch.
The versatile media supremo has left a sterling record of extraordinary competence and overarching performance in his legislative, representative and oversight functions thus earning him the esteemed gratitude of his teeming constituents hence his landslide victory in the 2018 APC National Assembly primaries. Indeed, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas is set for another epoch making tenure in the 9th National Assembly as his towering profile in the political landscape of Adamawa State as well as his visible and quantifiable achievements on the ground is more than enough to carry this inimitable Man of the People across the finish line come 2019 to the sustained angst and trepidation of his adversaries in the PDP, ADP and elsewhere.