For the records
Being text of speech delivered by the 2019 Benue South Senatorial aspirant, Dr. Isaac Akwuma Egboja, during the flag off of his campaign at St. Andrew’s Primary School, Otukpo on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
I am immensely humbled by your massive turn-out in response to my call.
Your most distinguished presence today is a clear indication of the strength of our party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and our desire for change. I stand before you to declare my desire to represent you and the entire people of Benue South Senatorial District at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
For the past few months, I have been consulting with our leaders and stakeholders including some of you on my desire. The gate for the contest has now been formally declared open and I now believe that I must first formally approach all of you before I step into the arena. This is based on my belief that politics is collective and any representation without the mandate of those being represented is founded on false footing.
This is not the first time I have come out for this contest. In 2007, I campaigned widely for this position and in what we all considered was in the greater interest of the generality of the people of the senatorial district, I stepped down for Distinguished Senator David Mark especially when we were told he had been penciled down for the Senate Presidency. We all jointly gave him our support and he became the Senate President. All of us can judge if the mandate we all collectively gave him has been justified.
Today, I am back to renew my desire to serve and make a change. My desire to serve is based on several premises. I have outlined my mission, vision and political agenda in my pamphlet tagged “The Man Of Faith With A Mission” which is being distributed here. But permit me to state a few. I am coming forward to serve as a bridge-builder who would unite the different people and interest groups in Idoma land whose disagreements and disaffection for each other often threaten the peace, security and development of the entire zone.
For the past 19 years of democratic dispensation, our leaders have worked towards tearing us further apart than ever in our history because it serves their political ambition to keep us disorganized. Our senatorial district has remained stagnated and completely behind the remaining 108 senatorial districts in the entire Federation because those who have represented us at the National Assembly forsook us. We are far behind because we lack good and effective representation. Legislators can draw projects to their areas through lobbying and effective representation. I have good experience as a United Nations staff in sourcing for development projects and would bring this to bear if given the mandate.
My desire to serve and bring a change is also premised on the fact that we, as a people, must change our perception of politics and governance.
We must look at the calibre of the people we send to represent us. Zone C needs men and women of tall political and academic stature who can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with others in the senate or House of Representatives or the State House of Assembly. It is when we have restructured our own position through the election of the right persons that we can form the formidable forum and team that would change the landscape and fortunes of the entire Benue South Senatorial District.
I am ably qualified to provide the Leadership for this new and envisaged team especially with my vast experience in International relations and my vast contacts across the nation and globe. I believe it is time we do away with silent legislators and bring in the vocal and efficient as well as effective legislators. In the past 8 years, nobody heard anything from our representatives in the House of Representatives and in the past 3 years, we also did not hear a word on the floor of senate from our Representatives. And they are the best opposition PDP could give us. We in the APC have the caliber of people to bring the change and we must look well and select well.
I am not standing for election to satisfy the desire for rotation of power although it is proper and sensible that all parts of the senatorial district should be equitably considered in the distribution of seats. I, however, support the plea by the Igede, Agatu, Apa and other minority axis within our district for such consideration. While Idoma West (Old Okpokwu) has produced senators three times, Idoma North(Old Otukpo District) six times, Idoma East (Old Oju) has not produced any. Neither has Apa and Agatu axis produced any. I believe for equity, good conscience, good brotherliness and fairness it is time and proper that our brothers and sisters in Idoma North and West concede the senatorial position to the areas that have not produced a senator. This is even in line with the mantra of our great party which stands for justice and fairness.
Politics is about representation. I am your own and it is in this regard that I now formerly declare my intention to vie for the position of the Benue senator representing Benue South Senatorial District. I need your collective support.
May God bless the good people of the Benue south Senatorial district and the entire people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thank you very much.