The third term bid of the House of Representatives Chairman on Foreign Affairs and member representing Bende federal constituency, Abia State, Nnenna Ukaeje, has suffered a major set back her kinsmen and stakeholders from the constituency have unanimously rejected her candidature.
This was the outcome of five- hour brainstorming of over 500 stakeholders from all 11 communities in the constituency held yesterday at Alayi .
In a press statement signed by Ikenga Charles Ijioma on behalf of the stakeholders, and made available to journalists, the stakeholders said Ukaeje’s third term bid contradicted the rotation arrangement between the two kindred in the constituency – Ikwuishi and Umunna .
The stakeholders further accused Ukaeje of incompetence, pride, under representation, and disrespectful to elders.
They also accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of imposing Ukaeje on the constituency against the will of the people, vowing that the party would lose the seat in the 2015 election to the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Sir Alfred Udensi, who they said was a better choice and their consensus candidate to restore the existing zoning formula .
“In rejecting Nnenna Ukaeje and choosing Alfred Udensi, we affirm that our constituency is tired of complacency, inefficiency, and arrogance she has exhibited these eight years. She will not represent us again, a better Bende man should take over.
“Prince Nnanna Njoku from Ikwuishi took only one term and gave chance to Earnest Aja from Umunna, who also did a single tenure, but this woman has broken the ancient landmark by taking two terms, yet she is not satisfied.
“As erstwhile supporters of Nnenna Ukaeje, we are now saying we are tired and bored with your poor representations, please leave Bende alone , go home and rest “.
They restated their support for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the constituency will vote for the President, but “ PDP will lose the constituency seat to APGA because of imposition”.