Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Aninri/Awgu /Oji River Federal Constituency has received a nod from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to return to the Green Chamber under the platform of the Labour Party, LP.
Toby secured his opportunity for a return ticket to the Lower chamber of the National Assembly through the Labour Party after long and dramatic battle.
Firstly, despite his sterling and unprecedented performance both in terms of quality legislative representation and people oriented Constituency projects, he lost out in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primaries because of his stoically standing with his long standing ally and political mentor Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
As such, his failure to secure the PDP ticket despite being a principal officer of the House of Representatives was a fallout of the Enugu State Governorship politics which saw Ekweremadu lose out in the Governorship Primaries. Consequently, all those in the Ekweremadu camp lost out, including Toby Okechukwu.
Unfortunately, his colleague in the Green chamber and ally in the Ekweremadu camp, Rt Hon Dennis Oguerinwa Amadi lost out the second time as his name was not on the final INEC list for candidates contesting for Enugu West Senatorial District.
After losing out at the PDP Enugu West Senatorial District primary, following the defeat of the Ekweremadu camp, he had sought for the Labour Party, LP ticket. Eventually, Hon Uchenna Ekwe, a former member of the House of Representatives (1999-2003) was certified by INEC as the LP candidate for the Enugu West Senatorial District election.
According to insider sources, Ekwe was fielded by the party due to the insistence of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, where he is in charge of the body’s international desk.