My Journey To Senate Took 25 Years —Senator Urhoghide

By Ikhili Monday EBALU, Benin City
The Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Matthew Urhoghide has disclosed in Benin that it took him 25 years and many attempts to win an election into the Nigerian Senate.
Senator stated that his long journey to the Senate has accentuated his resolve to further develop his constituency.
Senator Urhoghide spoke when he received an award given him to by the Edo State chapter of the Congress of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) for his contributions as an outstanding politician and to the development of Edo State.
According to senator Urhoghide , who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Tourism, he recalled that before getting to the Senate in 2007, his political journey took him to the defunct All Peoples Party (APP), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Peoples Demise Party (PDP) and some other political parties, adding that he has been humbled by his political journey and was now committed to bringing the dividends of democracy to the people of Edo South.
He said, “I have about 100 projects in my first year in the Senate. I decided to do these things because I have no reason not to do them. The reason is that I have a peculiar political journey as it took me 25 years to get to this position.
I have been able to represent my people and attract development to my constituency. I took interest in some projects because I am emotionally attached to them.

“A Scholarship scheme was a high point of my campaign. I am committed to this for the time I will be in the Senate because education is the best legacy I can give to any youth”, he added.
The pharmacist turned politician said that he was particularly interested in the education of indigent students in his constituency, adding that for reason, he has given out scholarships to at least 88 students, just as he said that he was aware that many parents cannot afford a fee of N30, 000 a year for the children.
Speaking earlier, chairman of the CRPP in Edo State, Dr Samson Isibor, said the CRPP identified few individuals in Edo State and decided to honour them due to the progressive impact they were making in the Senate.
He said, “Any politician who believes in the welfare of his people will never be forgotten, as far as they give to their constituency the dividend of democracy.” he stated.
Others that were given awards at the event were Dickson Imasogie, Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, the member representing Ikpoba/Egor Federal constituency in the House of Representatives


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