To demonstrate his resolve to vie for a second term for Owerri municipal seat in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Lugard Osuji at the weekend commenced his ward to ward tour in Owerri municipality.
Backed by party APC chieftains in the municipality, including Owerri municipal APC Chairmanship candidate, Nze Jeo Agor, Osuji visited GRA ward comprising Government House, Shell Camp, Government College areas.
Osuji had announced his intention to seek for a second term to represent the Owerri municipality in the House of Assembly.
Announcing his declaration to party chieftains, he said his second term ambition is not all about himself but to consolidate on the solid impact Owerri municipal has recorded during his tenure as as first term lawmaker.
He said the municipality stands to benefit more from his second coming having initiated more than thirty seven bills and several motions compared to seven bills collectively initiated by four past lawmakers who had represented the municipality.
Osuji outlined some of his numerous achievements which include women empowerment programmes, compensation to flood victims in the municipality, loans to the less privileged and more importantly the creation of autonomous communities and seven administrative areas in the municipality.
He said the creation of administrative areas aided in ending the dichotomy between indigenes and non indigenes in the municipality, stating that it also ended mutual suspicions among them.
He said ” I carried out landmark achievements in my first tenure in the House. There are many of them. Most prominent include motion Against Hate Speech at Conference of Houses of Assemblies. I also moved a motion against grazing in the South East. All this I did within my first tenure. I was the only lawmaker who came down as Majority Leader of the House and also re- appointed in the same position. I have the endorsement but I m relying on your support to succeed.
“Owerri municipal needs to consolidate on these gains. Most of the time we use the first four years to learn the ropes involved legislative skills. No matter the height you have attained in the society, the legislature is a different ball game. You must learn the rudiments of law making within the first four years. We must say no to single tenure. We must consolidate on gains recorded so far and forge ahead.