BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has advised the Igbos in the South-East part of the country to seize the opportunity provided by the Buhari administration to gravitate to the centre of the Nigerian politics.
Lawan spoke on Sunday at the thanksgiving service, which held at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri in Imo State, to commemorate the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s first anniversary in office.
A statement by the media adviser to the Senate President, Ola Awoniyi, quoted Lawan as saying Governor Uzodimma had achieved so much in one year because he had taken the politics beyond the Southeast but to the centre.
“Today, we are celebrating one year of his Governorship in Imo State. The National Assembly is here. Let me say the presence of the Vice President, representing the President, and all the Governors here is a very clear testimony of his relationship with the centre of Nigeria.
“He doesn’t waste time in looking for opportunity like this and the result is what you see. You have so much Interventions. He has achieved so much in one year because he does not play his politics only in the Southeast.
“He has taken his politics to the centre as well and therefore I will take this opportunity to appeal to our people in the Southeast: Grab the opportunity to be at the center of Nigerian politics.
“APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is so willing, so liberal and forthcoming to support every part of Nigeria to make sure that Nigeria is evenly developed.
“So what we are witnessing here in Imo will be replicated in Ebonyi. We hope by the Grace of God Anambra is coming on board. We are expecting Abia to be on board. And of course we are hoping to bring Enugu on board.
“Nigeria should be a united country where the progressives provide the leadership for this country to be great.
“We have some issues today. We have some security challenges. No country ever developed without facing challenges but what makes the difference is the willingness, the capacity to fight your challenges and we can do this together and make Nigeria a safer place, a better place and make all the people of Nigeria to have a better life,” Lawan said.
The Senate President said Uzodimma, who was a Senator during the 8th National Assembly, served “extremely well”.
“He distinguished himself a Senator of the Federal Republic. Very reliable, predictable, passionate and he is someone you can always rely on.
“We served in so many other parliamentary organisations within and outside the country and we never found him wanting.
“So when he became the Governor of Imo State, I just thought Imo will be taken to the next level by the Grace of God because they have gotten the right person,” Lawan said.
The Senate President assured the governor that the Senate and the National Assembly in general would always be on his side.
“We will continue to support you. We will continue to support the government of Imo State. We will continue to support the entire people of Imo State,” Lawan said.
The Senate President was accompanied on the trip from Abuja by the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Senator Sani Mohammed Musa, Senator Bello Mandiya and the Senate spokesman, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru.