The Senate on Wednesday held a valedictory session to honour late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, who until his death represented Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressive Congress.
The Session which started at 11:00am and ended 2:35pm, had Senators eulogizing and reliving individual experiences and last moments with the deceased lawmaker who died on December 18, 2019.
The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC – Kebbi North), who opened the floor for valedictory speeches described the lawmaker as an icon who had an active and impactful political life.
“Late Senator Benjamin Chukwumeka Uwajumogu was a distinguished colleague who excelled in very facet of his senatorial duties, whether to his constituency or in his committees’ duties as well as his usually articulate contributions to Senate debates.”
“As an industrialist, he could be best described as a colossus. He was a think-tank for several birds of both private and public sectors; amongst them, is the Nigeria Shippers Council.
“In politics, Late Senator Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu could also be described as a political icon. He has a rare stewardship with exemplary leadership qualities. He lived an active and eventful political life,” Yahaya said.
Among the lawmakers are: Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Boroffice; Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC – Imo West); Ezenwa Francis (PDP – Imo East); Ike Ekweremadu (PDP – Enugu West); Oluremi Tinubu (APC – Lagos Central); Opeyemi Bamidele (APC – Ekiti Central); Olamilekan Adeola (APC – Lagos West); Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC – Taraba Central); Biodun Olujimi (PDP – Ekiti South); Michael Nnaji (PDP – Ebonyi South); Gershom Bassey (PDP – Cross River South); and Abba Moro (PDP – Benue South).
Others are: Isaku Abbo Elisha (PDP – Adamawa North); Fadshunsi Adenigba (PDP – Osun East); Abdulfatai Buhari (APC – Oyo North); Barau Jibrin (APC – Kano North); Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC – Kebbi South); Francis Alimikhena (APC – Edo North); James Manager (PDP – Delta South); Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP – Akwa-ibom North East); Ali Ndume (APC – Borno South); Sani Musa (APC – Niger East); Danjuma Goje (APC – Gombe Central); Clifford Ordia (PDP – Edo Central); Matthew Urhoghide (PDP – Edo South); Samuel Egwu (PDP – Ebonyi North); Obinna Ogba (PDP – Ebonyi Central); Sarajudeen Ajibola (APC – Osun Central); and Isa Jibrin (APC – Kogi East).
In his closing remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said, “Senator Uwajumogu gave a very good account of himself as a human being. Calm, cool, calculated and purposeful.
“He joined us a little bit late in the eighth senate, and being the only Senator of APC extraction from the South East, he was close to everyone especially in the APC caucus and the entire Senate.
“Every time there was a seeming crisis, he would preach ‘let us unite, let us work for Nigerians who have sent us here’. That was in the eighth senate.
“In the ninth senate, he was delayed in joining us, so he took his oath of office after the inauguration. He remained the same person up till the last day of the debate in which he participated here.
“He has gone, but he has left humanity for us and to continue to remember him, frankly, is to continue to do those things that he believed in, lived for, and died for.
“For us in the Senate, and indeed this ninth Assembly, there’s nothing more important to us than working for Nigerians. That is what our late colleague believed in, and worked for,” Lawan said.