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Rerun Election: Ebonyi APC Allocates Senatorial Seat to Onicha LGA

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On Tuesday, the Ebonyi state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned the Ebonyi South senatorial seat to Onicha Local Government Area.

Austin Umahi, the younger brother of the former governor of Ebonyi State and Minister of Works, David Umahi, had announced his interest in the forthcoming rerun election scheduled for February.

Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone comprises five local government areas. Ohaozara LGA is the base for the Minster of Works, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, and a Senior Special Assistant to the President. Afikpo North is home to the deputy governor and a member of the House of Representatives. Edda LGA hosts the State Party Chairman, while Ivo LGA is represented by a member of the House of Representatives. Onicha LGA does not have prominent politicians or public officeholders.

Considering the absence of high-profile politicians in Onicha LGA, the Ebonyi State APC leadership decided to allocate the senatorial seat to this region following the resignation of David Umahi, who now serves as the minister of works.

In a statement signed and released in Abakaliki by the party’s leadership, led by Stanley Okoro Emegha, it was stated that zoning the senatorial seat to Onicha LGA aims to uphold justice, fairness, and equity for the residents of this locality.

The statement highlighted, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), pursuant to the relevant provisions of our laws, and the President of the Senate declared the seat of Sen. David Nweze Umahi vacant, owing to his resignation from the 10th Senate for an appointment as the current Minister of Works.”

It added, “The said position resigned by Sen. David Nweze Umahi belongs to the All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi South Senatorial District. It is in the interest of justice, equity, and fairness, as envisaged by the leader of our great party, that the vacant seat of Ebonyi South Senatorial District be zoned to Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State.”

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