The Labor Party candidate for Awka North and South federal constituency, Prof. Oby Orogbu, has assured the people of her constituency of equal and quality representation if she is voted into power.
Orogbu, Dean, Faculty of Management, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka said she quit her job at the institution to compete for the position due to her love and passion for her people.
Speaking to stakeholders and supporters of the party in Amawbia, Anambra state, she said her rise as faculty dean, where she polled 120 of the 160 votes cast to defeat her two male opponents in a hotly contested election, is an indication was of her capacity, ability and competence.
She said: “My resignation as Dean of Management Sciences as well as my job is my desire to serve my people, to deliver dividends from good governance and to provide selfless service and leadership of inclusion.
“I will ensure a high-quality representation at the green chambers. Many have lost hope. I’m here to assure hope. We will do jobs that are visible including tackling deplorable roads, unemployment.
“We are moving from a consumption economy to a production economy through agriculture. I’m not into politics for my stomach. This movement transcends ethnic and religious leanings. We must save this country before it finally collapses.
“I will ensure that projects are not only attracted to my constituency, but also that their implementation is completed. We will also empower youth and women, including activating the Dying Youths Development Center to eradicate crime and poverty in my area.”
On how she would go about implementing the project given the financial implications, Orogbu said, “That won’t be a problem. People are willing to fund it because they are tired of the status quo and long for change and purposeful leadership.
“Besides, there is no one as qualified as I am taking part in this election. I am intellectually, morally and health wise very fit. I am physically strong not only to run campaigns but also to ensure effective oversight of projects if elected.
When asked what she would do if the election results were not in her favor, the legislator expressed hopeful confidence in the victory and described the election as a win-win exercise.
“I’m not going into the election thinking about losing. It’s almost won. And maybe it will happen the other way around, I am a professor, advisor and entrepreneur. I have so many alternative things I can do. But then I won’t lose the election,” she said.
Earlier, the President General, Amawbia Development Union, Mr. Goddy Aronu, said that the community projects the candidate not only because she is from the area, but also because of her competence, reliability and ability.
“We cannot afford to pawn our future on the platter of money. We don’t support her just because she’s our daughter. We project her because of competence, reliability and ability,” he said.
Deputy Director, UNIZIK Business School, Chinedu Onyeizigbe, described Orogbu as capable, reliable and diligent, wishing her a resounding victory in the poll.
“UNIZIK is crying as a community for leaving us. Prof is someone you can trust and has a heart of gold. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has distributed more than N3 million to younger teachers. She also gave N10,000 monthly to some others. Amawbia is indeed lucky to have her,” he said.
Also, the city’s former president general, Prof. Eleazar Ofodile, assured the candidate’s LP representative of maximum community support.
“Prof. Orogbu is a woman who has the necessary knowledge, capacity and character to change the story and propel her constituency towards economic growth and development,” he added.