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Anambra South Senatorial race: Why I’m contesting against my brother – Uba

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The Anambra South senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in next year ’ s general elections, Chief Chris Uba , on Friday said he was contesting the senatorial seat against his elder brother , Andy Uba , of the All Progressives Congress , because he would not want him ( Andy ) to overstay his usefulness at the red chamber.
Speaking with journalists in Awka , the Anambra State capital, the PDP candidate said his brother who is vying for a third term in the senate should progress politically instead of stagnating at a place as a senator .

He said , “ My brother has been there for eight years and must take a bow now .

“ I pray for my brother to go higher ; he can become a governor or vice president but not a senator again.

“ It is now my turn . I want him to throw in the towel because the fight is going to be very serious . ”

Uba who said he had played the role of political godfather for over two decades in Anambra and beyond , said he had decided to be a contestant in the present dispensation to correct some anomalies in the system .

He expressed dissatisfaction at the way politicians treat the masses after elections, stressing that power must belong to the people and not to a few privileged politicians .

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He added , “ I want to run because we have been sponsoring politicians in Anambra State and across Nigeria . I have been doing that and a lot of people have passed through my school .

“ But they call us godfathers , we have made case several times for the party to make some provisions in the party’ s constitution to protect godfathers, but no way , no provision .

“ The truth remains that godfathers are closer to the grassroots . A lot of people depend on us , a lot of families depend on us and many families today are hungry .

“ But after sponsoring politicians , immediately they get to Abuja , you can ’ t get them on the telephone again, nobody will see them again, they buy all choice cars and the next thing they will blackmail you .
“ Little thing , they will start fighting you , they will say they ’ ve known the President , they’ ve known the party chairman and as a godfather , you are in trouble . So , now we need to occupy offices to protect our position and the positions of our people . That is why I am running for the senate . ”

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