By Shedrack Onitsha,
A former member of the House of representative, Prince Chinedu Mumir Nwoko, popularly known as “Ned Nwoko”, has declared that he floor the incumbent Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly to emerge the senator of district come 2019 election.
Nwoko stated this during a media parley with members of the Delta Online Publishers Forum, DOPF on Sunday, at his Country home in Idumeje-Ugboko, said that his quest for the Delta North senatorial slot is to provide effective and robust representation of Delta North at the red chamber.
According to him the senatorial district currently lacks proper representation, a situation that has brought the marginal gains recorded by past senator from the zone to be eroded.
He added that his desire to bring develop to the Delta North senatorial district and the entire state propelled him to throw his hat into the rings one more to savage long suffering Delta North people who have yearned for competent representation.
Nwoko who is the architect of the Paris Refund, who during his time in the house donated his allowances for four years to the welfare of others, said that just as no one is presently given him the chance, so also people never gave president Buhari and his friends the chance, as it was done to Donald Trump in America.
“I am contesting for the senate to represent Delta North, and no one can say there is no vacancy, there is vacancy for other possible aspirants.” He said.
The man, who many for weeks had been speculating that he may be pitching his tent with the opposition, All Progress Congress, APC, said that he will be running under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as he never had the intention to represent his people under any other political platform.
“I will be contesting the senate under the no other party, but the Peoples Democratic Party”.
According to him, the election is fast approaching, and like any other politician he is working out wining strategies to first get the party nomination, when the time comes, which he said is to pick the form, and work on the delegates.
He appealed to party members from the district to be mindful of the choices the make in respect of those to be chosen as candidates, “they should make the right choice.”
Prince Nwoko, who is very confidence that if the right thing is done said, “I will be your Senator, Come 2019.”
While congratulating the members of the Forum for a successful inauguration, and apologising for his absence because of other engagements outside the country, he assured them of good working relationship, and pleaded that they be focused and report issues objectively.
He also debunked insinuation in some quarters that there is a rift between him and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu.
Also speaking on the controversy on the palliative measures to mitigate the pains of travellers who use the Onecha Ugbo –Idumuje-Ugboko road that take travellers to the northern part of the country from Delta, said that there is a working relationship between the two of them, to ensure that that road is fixed.
According to him, what they had been able to do is to approach the managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to take over the road repair of about 2km distance road.
Prince Nwoko pointed that though the commission could not carry out the work in their 2017 budget, they had promise to ensure the 2018 budget will reflect the road project. But to ensure that the pains of users of the road mitigated, they had approached a well know Construction Company in the state, ULO to fix the road, which will begin soon.
He added that for them to get the consent of the company to work on the road, they have to sign an agreement to pursue the payment of the project with NDDC, and if that fails they will take care of the payment.
“We have to approach ULO to repair the bad portion of the road, we have to sign an indemnity agreement to ensure the money will be paid by the commission in the 2018 budget, but if it fails we have to bear the cost.”