Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, a government-owned media corporation, has declared his intention to contest for the Enugu West senatorial district seat in the 2019 general elections.
According to Premium Times, Okechukwu, in a statement, expressed his desire to be the new Senator representing the district in the National Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to him, the 2019 elections is the time to retire Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President and the current occupant of the seat, from politics.
He, therefore, enjoined APC members in his district to support his ambition by voting for him in the party primaries in order to defeat Senator Ekweremadu at the main elections as well as having the opportunity to provide quality legislative service to the people.
Okechukwu said, “My dear APC compatriots, may I seek your endorsement to retire Ike Ekweremadu from the Senate. I pledge to give the good people of Enugu West Senatorial District the following service – selfless, revamp Enugu coal, eastern corridor railway and cassava and rice settlement.”
Okechukwu, who is known to be a strong supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, left the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, to join the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, which was floated by the President.
Alongside the President, Okechukwu moved to the APC following the merger and subsequent dissolution of the CPC with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the New Peoples Democratic Party, N-PDP, and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGGA
Okechukwu was appointed DG of VON by President Buhari in May 2016.