Oba – The Ogilisi Foundation, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has endorsed the ambition of Sen. Victor Umeh, representing Anambra Central Senatorial District to return to the Red Chambers in the 2019 elections.
The Foundation gave its endorsement when Umeh visited its headquarters at the Rojenny Sports Complex and Games Village Oba, Idemili South Council Area of Anambra on Saturday.
The founder of the organisation, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, described Umeh as brave and worthy son of Igboland who had done well for his people since he was sworn in as a senator in January this year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Umeh, who is on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), is the only aspirant seeking the nomination of the party for Anambra Central Senatorial District for the election.
Ezeonwuka said that it was a welcome development that no other aspirant was contesting APGA ticket with Umeh, adding that it was a demonstration of the confidence of the people in his ability to represent them well.
He expressed confidence that APGA which was the leading party in Anambra would not only win Anambra Central but all contested positions in the election.
“We are happy with what you have done, we are confident that you will do more to bring more dividends of democracy from Abuja to Anambra Central and the entire Igboland through making of good laws.
“We, the Ogilisi Foundation are behind you, Ogilisi represents purity and justice, we give you our blessing as you go into the election which will return you to the Senate to continue your good works,’’ he said.
Also, Chief Beneth Chibueze, a member of the foundation, commended Umeh for his contributions to the party and positive impact on the lives of the people.
Chibueze urged the electorate to massively vote for Umeh’s second term bid in the election, adding that there was no other in the race that can equal his performance.
Responding, Umeh said he was seeking the consent of Ogilisi Foundation because of its contributions to the development and unity of Igbo people.
Umeh, who used the opportunity to go round Rojenny Stadium, lamented the level of devastation done to the facility by erosion.
He said he would do what is within his power to ensure that the place is rescued by revived to enable it to continue its development role.
“I have come to seek the support of Ogilisi Foundation and also see for myself what erosion has done to Rojenny Games Village as reported in the media.
“When this facility was built, I do not think that he had that type of money, so we must not allow it to die.
“On my part, I shall ensure that the Senate Committee on environment visits the place and carry out the necessary intervention.
“I thank you for your support and I promise to even do more because the Senate business is a serious business, it is not for all comers and I have all it takes,’’ he said.
Umeh was welcomes by other groups including, Igbo Ga Dimma, Igbo Amaka and members of APGA in Oba