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The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife has cried out that she is being blackmailed because she is a woman but insisted that her hands are clean.
She warned politicians to not tarnish her long-existing relationship with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi after the general elections.
She alleged that politicians were making inciting statements against her, saying that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is her candidate of choice because he is a member of her party.
Ekwunife stated her concerns in an address to journalists at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism secretariat in Awka, where she recounted her achievements as a senator.
The lawmaker stated that through bills she sponsored, projects she executed and the jobs she helped her constituents secure in the six years she had served her people well in the Senate and in the House of Representatives for eight years.
‘I have empowered so many people, given them gainful employment so that when I leave office, they could continue with their lives,’ she said.
‘Political opponents should stop the blackmail against me. All contestants should be given a level playing ground.’
‘I am being blackmailed because I am a woman, but God knows that my hands are clean,’ she continued.
‘I am contesting to represent the good people of Anambra Central under the PDP and am supporting my party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar while Obi is running the presidential race under Labour Party, which I have no issue with.”
‘So I am appealing to you journalists to always sensitize politicians on how to play politics of maturity without any rancour.’
Ekwunife further said she has no political grudges against the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi winning the 2023 Nigeria presidential election on February 25.
Obi was a former governor of Anambra state and had run for Vice President in 2019 under the PDP.
The senator, however, regretted that the third arm of the government had been pushed to a corner because funds meant for them are diverted by the state government.
Earlier in his opening remark, the Anambra state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Odogwu Emeka Odogwu assured the senator that the union under his watch will be objective in their reportage during the voting process.