The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has refuted recent media reports quoting him as saying that members of his constituency will suffer, if he is not returned in 2015 for the fourth term as the representative of Cross River Central Senatorial District in the Senate.
The senator who spoke to newsmen in Abuja said he never granted interview to any journalist let alone making such statements.
In a statement by Michael Jegede, a media consultant quoted Ndoma-Egba as saying, “I never said so, I never did. If you know how I speak, you would know that couldn’t have come from me. I never said that and would never say such.
“I don’t even recall the interview. They said I had the interview on a Sunday. I remember that on that particular Sunday, I went to Mass at 8 am and came back at 10 and went into my study. I was in my study till 4 pm when I came downstairs to eat and I received the first set of visitors at about 6pm. And there was no journalist among all the visitors I received that day. So I didn’t grant audience for such an interview and did not say such about my constituents.
“Why would I say such about my constituents when I am not God? So what if I die today, would I say they would suffer let alone if I do not return to the Senate? Are they trying to say if I die today, my people would not continue to exist? If you know the kind of person I am, you should know I cannot make such a senseless statement which nobody should make about anyone no matter how important you think you are to them.”
Ndoma-Egba, who recently won the ‘Lawmaker of the year 2013 award’, added that his stay in the Senate from 2003 till date has been the prerogative of the people of Cross River Central, noting that it is the same people that will decide whether he will return in 2015 or not.
According to him, he has never been desperate for power or public office and all he needs to do is make himself available for service, which he said he has always done in order to make use of whatever influence and voice given to him by God for the benefit of his people.
The astute parliamentarian further stated that he would remain in politics and continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigeria, his state and community, regardless of his being reelected in 2015 or not.