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Bright Nwachukwu joins race for Okigwe Senate

by OtownGist

Mr. Bright Nwachukwu has declared his intention to contest the much expected bye-election for the vacant Okigwe Zone senatorial seat.

Nwachukwu made made the declaration yesterday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) party secretariat, at Okigwe Road, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The declaration was sequel to his meeting with the party leaders and appointees by the State Government, at the Commissioners’ Quarters on Wednesday.

He promised to work with Governor Hope Uzodimma if he emerges a senator.


“I’m a policy maker. And by the grace of God, with the help of Governor Hope Uzodimma, we will expand on his 3Rs –Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery.”

Addressing the state party leaders led by Barr. Marcellinus Nlemigbo, on Thursday, August 6, 2020, Nwachukwu assured the people of Imo-North Senatorial District of quality representation at the Red Chamber.

The former Director-General of the late senator Benjamin Uwajumogu disclosed that already he had developed a blueprint for the Zone with which he will bring the much-desired and required change in the Zone.


As an oil and gas magnate who has toured over twenty-five countries of the world interacting with first-class policy experts and successful business leaders, Nwachukwu promised to bring his vast experiences of twenty-one years garnered in the sector and even politics since 1998 to engender development, and most importantly bring enduring peace among the people.

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“I prefer to be at the background, do the work and let the action speak for itself,” he stated.

At this juncture, he pleaded with Nlemigbo to allow for a minute silence in honour of the late Benjamin Uwajumogu, whom he had cherished while he was alive and now wanted to replace at the Senate.”

Earlier in his address to the political leaders, stakeholders and appointees by Governor Uzodimma, Nwachukwu noted, “Today, I’ve come here to discus with you on the issue of going to the Senate. It did not happen by sudden that I should run for the Senate because I’ve already attempted National Assembly primaries twice. Unfortunately, the death of Senator Ben Uwajumogu has created a vacuum and somebody has to occupy it. And I feel I have all it takes. I’m here as my first outing to see you people. And I’m here to see you people because that blueprint which I sold to senator Uwajumogu then is still with me -Okigwe Zone needs vibrancy, Okigwe Zone needs experience, Okigwe Zone needs somebody of a humble background, Okigwe Zone needs somebody with a global understanding of how things work and I think I have them.

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And I want to tell us that looking at Imo State today and looking at our prosperity Governor of the state, we need somebody who is a stabilizer, we need somebody who is a manager of repute, especially when it has to do with crisis, I’m such a person that if I’m sent to Abuja tomorrow Okigwe Zone will be stable. Our Governor will go home and sleep with his two eyes closed.

“Let me tell all of us, as I’m standing here I don’t have any godfather who has promised to front me. The only godfather I have is God. And with God I look forward to seeing the Governor to adopt me, because my loyalty to the Governor will be more than 100%.”

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In his remarks, Barr. Nlemigbo described Nwachukwu qualified and competent to be a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, describing him as a brilliant young man with brilliant ideas, noting that the country needed such people.

“You are competent and qualified to be a senator. The country needs a young man like you. We need upcoming brilliant young men.”

The party chairman, wished there would be a debate for the aspirants, after listening to Nwachukwu.

“Talk to us. Let’s see what you can do. In fact, I’ll encourage the Governor about you so that people with solutions to our political and social problems will come up to proffer them to the country’s myriad problems.”

He encouraged “Nwachukwu not to relent even if he did not get the seat, that people like him should come out. People like you with sharp intellectual and brilliant ideas should be exposed to Government, should be advisers to Government if for nothing else. We’ll take your message to the Governor as an experienced and a well exposed man. So I’m happy for you. Keep it up!

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“When you’re good you’re not afraid of competition. Yes, when you’re good the sky is your limit. People with your intellectual capacity should be part of the new foundation Uzodimma is building for Ndi Imo,” adding that history will vindicate the Governor.

He assured the people of Okigwe Zone that the Governor did not wish to impose any senator on them.

Nlemigbo commended Uzodimma for breaking the planned dynasty that was brandished in state by the Rochas Okorocha administration, saying that Uzodimma had given Imolites a sense of belonging again. He noted that is even enough sacrifice so far for the state.

Introducing him before the Okigwe Zone political appointees and party leaders, an APC apex leaders in Obollo Ward, Chief Ama Iwueze, described Nwachukwu as a thoroughly educated and disciplined young man who has been a manager of men and materials for many years as well as a good party man.

Another clan leader, and retired Auditor General in the state, Chief John Onyenze, at the stakeholders’ meeting, had also described Nwachukwu as a charismatic person who will not let the Zone down if he is given the senatorial mandate of the people. Onyenze urged them to help in marketing the aspirant to the people.

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In a vote-of-thanks, Hon. Austine Nwachukwu, on behalf of the people of the Zone thanked and described him as a true family man.

“On behalf of Okigwe Zone Special Advisers , respected commissioners, and Senior Special Assistants to the Governor, we say you’re welcome. Keep your good work up. If God says you’re the one to represent us at the Senate may it be so in Jesus name, Amen,” the former House of Representatives member prayed.

Born on 23rd June, 1975, Bright Uchenna Nwachukwu is the manager, Regional Quality Assurance, Health, Safety and Environment, Sub-Sahara Africa, with over twenty-one years of experience on the the job. He hails from Obollo Ward in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of (Okigwe Zone) Imo State.

He attended his Primary School at Central School, Obollo. He had his Secondary School education at the St. John’s Seminary School, Osina, in the present day Ideato North LGA.

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He proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.

In 2014/2015 as well as in 2019, he contested for the seat for the House of Representatives and lost But that did not discourage him.

Having been exposed to both local and international trainings he has earned for himself various awards of recognitions in appreciation of his contributions to humanity.

Some of the courses included: Managing Security; Mentoring as a tool for individual and corporate development; Health and Safety Management; Hazardous Waste Management Training Course; Safety Leaders’ Course; Fire Fighting Certification Course and a legion of other courses.

Some of his awards include: “Friends of the Youth Award,” given to him by the Diocese of Isi-Mbano (2020); University of Port Harcourt Best Graduating Student Award.” (1999); “Best Behaved Student Award” (1993), by St. John Chrysostom Seminary Osina, Ideato, presented to him by the Bishop, Rt. Rev. SCN Eboh and many others.

He is married with children.



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