By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”FORMER member of Federal House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko, has declared his intension to run for the Delta North Senatorial seat on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP platform, vowing to reclaim his mandate,Â which he said was allegedly deprived him in 2007.
Declaring his intention to run for Senator at his home town Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state,Â weekend, Nwoko who represented Aniocha/Oshimili during Obasanjoâ€™s era, re-affirmed his belief in theÂ grassroots and the need to ensure effective representation of the people.
He lamented how he lost out at the PDP primaries in 2007, when he contested the seat with the wife of the former National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali, along with the incumbent occupier of the seat, Senator Patrick Osakwe.
According to him â€œof course, everybody knew that I won my primaries in 2007 for the seat. We all knew what happened at the Oshimili Arcade in Asaba but because he (Ali) wanted to deliver his wife at all cost, he connived with Ibori to shortchange me but they later shocked him (Ali)â€.
Political Adviser to Chief Edwin Clarkâ€™s, Chief Ominimini Odiuwevbi, who represented Chief Clark in his comment,Â kicked against imposition of candidates in the coming 2011 polls, sayingÂ â€œzoning is dead. It was during Obasanjo (Olusegun, former President) and Ali that it was fashionable.
It was like the quota system that was introduced into our universities. You have suffered for 12 years, with Ned Nwoko who has the blessing of the Delta State Forum of Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders, I can assure you that you will not labour in vain again.â€
With the entry of Nwoko in the Delta North senatorial race, the battle for that seat has taken another dimension following the grassroot acceptance of Nwoko. Already, the Secretary to the Delta State Government, SSG, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa from Ika nation resigned recently to prepare for the seat while Aliâ€™ s wife is said to be eyeing the seat also among others