Why I’m contesting against my elder brother – Chris Uba speaks on Anambra South senatorial election

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Andy Uba and his younger brother, Chris Uba

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra South senatorial district, Chief Chris Uba has revealed why he is contesting against his elder brother, Sen. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Andy Uba is a two-term senator seeking a third term which his younger brother is jostling to deny him.

Chris Uba said his elder brother having served for eight years should desire a higher position instead of “stagnating” on the same spot.

He added that it was his turn to lead the senatorial district.

Speaking with journalists in Awka, the Anambra state capital, Chris Uba said, “My brother has been there for eight years and must take a bow now.

“I pray for my brother to go higher; he can become a governor or vice president but not a senator again.

“It is now my turn. I want him to throw in the towel because the fight is going to be very serious.”

Chris Uba added that he decided to seek the position after many years of being a godfather.

He said, “I want to run because we have been sponsoring politicians in Anambra State and across Nigeria. I have been doing that and a lot of people have passed through my school.

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“But they call us godfathers, we have made case several times for the party to make some provisions in the party’s constitution to protect godfathers, but no way, no provision.

“The truth remains that godfathers are closer to the grassroots. A lot of people depend on us, a lot of families depend on us and many families today are hungry.

“But after sponsoring politicians, immediately they get to Abuja, you can’t get them on the telephone again, nobody will see them again, they buy all choice cars and the next thing they will blackmail you.

“Little thing, they will start fighting you, they will say they’ve known the President, they’ve known the party chairman and as a godfather, you are in trouble. So, now we need to occupy offices to protect our position and the positions of our people. That is why I am running for the senate.”

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