Ned Nwoko’s journey to Senate gathers momentum, by Odita Sunday

Ned Nwoko
To say that Prince Ned Munir Nwoko is a politician with a great difference is restating the obvious, as his uncommon passion for the advancement of the life of his people of Delta North Senatorial district has continued to increase by the day.

With a large heart and unquantifiable interest in uplifting the life of the average citizen of Delta North in particular and all Deltans in general, Ned who is a senatorial aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leaving nothing to chance as he widely consults and carries people along.

For him and his teeming supporters who took time to traverse parts of the Senatorial District last weekend, nothing could be more honorable than to seek for the blessings of royal fathers (among others) who are major stakeholders in the affairs of his district and also appraise the state of affairs in the state.

Besides his concern for the well being and advancement of his people of Delta North, Ned is quite desirous of joining hands with the leadership of Delta State towards developing the entire length and breadth of the state.  With a strong belief and confidence in the ability of the Ifeanyi Okowa administration to take Delta to a greater height, Prince Nwoko is working assiduously to ensure that Okowa’s re-election bid is also actualized.

Convinced of his belief in what Governor Okowa has achieved so far in developing Delta State, Nwoko told newsmen who had gathered to hear from him at the threshold of his ‘meet-the-people’ visit that time has come for Delta northerners popularly called people of Anioma to come together to ensure that Okowa is re-elected for a second term as governor of the state.  He did not mince words to say that he was in the senatorial race “to forge a working partnership with Governor Okowa for the betterment of all Delta northerners.”

As he works tirelessly towards getting the mandate of the electorate in 2019 for him to represent them in the hallowed chambers of the Senate, Nwoko popularly known as the “star prince of Anioma” is proactively envisaging a synergy that would help to lessen the burden of the state governor once he becomes a senator.

With some evidence on ground of the developmental strides of Okowa’s administration for the state, particularly the on-going upgrading project of the Asaba Airport to the international standard it was planned to be, Nwoko is convinced beyond all doubts that Okowa’s doggedness could have a multiplier effect if he has the mandate for a second tenure.

Not swayed by whatever extant socio-economic influence he may have garnered over the years, Hon. Nwoko known for his simple nature and incomparable humility leaves nothing to chance in the pursuit of his senatorial ambition as he was at the palaces of some royal fathers to receive their blessings as major stakeholders in deciding who represents them.

As part of his on-going consultations, Ned led his team of supporters to meet with the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Joseph Chike Edozien, The Dein of Agbor, Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi I, the Obi of Obior, His Royal Majesty Obi Kingsley Ogochukwu and the Obi of Umunede.  While commending the royal fathers at their various palaces, for their continuous support to the state governor particularly in the area of peace building and conflict resolution, Ned promised to initiate a well defined role for royal fathers of “Anioma’ if elected a senator.

Not a man to renege on his promises, like the typical Nigerian politician, the people of Delta North would undoubtedly be doing themselves some good if they elect Ned their senator in 2019.  He has an unquestionable pedigree that readily attests to the fact that whatever promise he has made to the royal fathers is achievable.

It is therefore not out of place for him to loudly say to the royal fathers “I assure you today that with the support of our people and your blessings, when elected as the senator, there will be a strong synergy between our royal fathers and my office.  This way I will always get to know quickly issues affecting our various communities.”

Taking him seriously for his words as a man of honour, the royal fathers in their various responses described Ned Nwoko as a rare gem and a politician with distinct qualities who remains one of the finest breeds, Delta North has ever produced.  They would not easily forget him as one who has continued to attract positive interest to the people of Delta North.  Just recently Ned Nwoko has officially done the groundbreaking ceremony of his Stars University, which promises to attract huge development of Idumuje Ugboko and the entire area.

Not known for pedestrian promises or giving forlorn hope, Ned as typical of him, while at the palace of the Asagba of Asaba donated a brand new Toyota Hilux Van to aid the movement of security personnel just as he made some huge cash donations to address certain logistic problems currently being encountered by the security operatives in Asaba and environs. To him, the donation is just a tip of the iceberg of the good things awaiting his people of Delta North once he is elected a senator to represent them as securing the lives of his people would be a major part of his responsibility while in office.

While at the palace of the Obior monarch, it was cheering to hear the King, His Royal Majesty Obi Kingsley Ogochukwu say “Prince Ned Nwoko is a son of the soil and God would fulfill his heart desires of becoming the senator come 2019.  I love him personally.”  The Umunede monarch similarly welcomed the senatorial hopeful when he said “Prince Ned Nwoko is a special breed, if we have six people like him, Anioma would turn to London.  I do not support Ned with just words; I support him with my PVC.  If you say you love Ned, go and get your PVC,” the king advised.

In the various communities visited by Prince Nwoko and his supporters, they were unarguably at home with their hosts as his philanthropy over the years has spoken well of him.  He has always identified with the people irrespective of their status.  Speaking on behalf of the people in one of the places visited, the Peoples Democratic People’s Ward 9 Youth Leader in Ukwunzu, Mr. Akpapuna said the problem of the electorate has been the leaders who would start well by coming to seek their vote and support for election but only dump them once the election is over.

He however said that the case of Ned Nwoko is different, as the former House of Representatives member has always identified with the masses.  The Youth Leader disclosed that Ned is not in the race to make money because he is already a rich man by all standard; neither was he seeking property as he already has enough to accommodate his family.

As the youths are the back bone of any society, Akpapuna has appealed to his colleagues to massively support Prince Ned by ensuring that they arm themselves with their PVC and be ready to exercise their right to vote for him since his quest for the senate position is largely to improve the lots of the masses.

If there was an incident that almost marred the weekend tour of Nwoko and his supporters to various places in the senatorial district, it was the breaking news of Rub-A-Dub musician, Ras Kimono; a citizen of Onicha Olona in Delta North.  The sudden news of Kimono’s death sent cold shivers to all and sundry in the team as according to Prince Nwoko “the demise of Kimono is a great loss to the people of Delta North and the Nigerian state at large as through his music Kimono was able to influence many.”

The mercurial senatorial aspirant further described Ras Kimono as “a great ambassador of the Anioma brand who was never shy to tell people about his root and the beauty of his origin.”  The late celebrated musician whose real name was Ekeleke Elumelu was one of t he special guests during the ground breaking ceremony of the Star University in April, this year.

Similarly, so touched by the demise of a former lawmaker; Senator Nwajei was Hon Nwoko that on arrival in the Delta State Capital last Saturday, he proceeded from the Asaba Airport straight to the family of the foremost Delta North Leader to pay his last respect as he was being buried.  Describing the late parliamentarian in glowing terms, Prince Nwoko stated that Senator Nwajei lived a life worthy of emulation and deserves to be celebrated even in death.

With his heart full of sympathy, he encouraged the deceased family to keep the legacy of their departed senator and urged them to find solace in the fact  “he is in a better place” just as he prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear what he called the monumental loss.

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