By Chike Okeke
The recent Primaries of various political parties aimed at electing candidates for the 2019 General Election was a platform to test the popularity of the candidates or aspirants for various political offices.
Those of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) the party in power in Anambra State were very keenly contested. Various aspirants campaigned vigorously especially in the social media, convincing delegates to the Primary Elections about their abilities to represent the people better than the incumbents.
One such seat where aspirants came out and sought to dethrone Hon DozieNwankwo the incumbent was the Dunukofia,Njikoka and Anaocha Federal Constituency in Central Senatorial District of Anambra State. Regardless of the fact that the incumbent DozieNwankwo was a very popular politician and philanthropist who had endeared himself to the people through his Economic Empowerment programmes and especially his Medical Outreach which had saved many lives and considerably reduced the number of otherwise blind men and women in the state and further reduced the cost of medicare for hundreds of thousands of people in the state, a few money bags and politicians who felt that black mail, conspiracies and intrigues would do the magic of unseating Hon DozieNwankwo tried their best to defeat him at the party primaries held on 5th October, 2018.
In the end, Hon Nwankwo alias Onyendozi, not only defeated all the other contestants but did so with a very wide margin. The delegates gave popular vent to ProfSoludo’swell-reasoned advice during theAnambra State Governorship Campaign in 2017 – if it’s not broken, why mend it? They decided that since their representativein the Federal HouseOnyendozi was doing very well the only way to encourage him to continue his good works in the House was to re-elect him and make him a ranking member in 2019. With their massive votes the delegates gave him a very clean Bill of health in preparation for the electoral contest with candidates of other political parties in 2019.
In terms of his score card in the House of Representatives so far Hon Nwankwo also displays an outstanding performance
He has proposed the following Bills for Legislative action: Bill for an Act to amend the Sherriff and Civil Process Act, and Bill for an Act to Repeal Nigerian Development Bank Guarantee Act which will enable business men develop the economy without too many obstacles. Similarly the Motions he proposed in the House include: Need to investigate accruals, management and disbursement of Nigeria Content Development Fund, Motion on the Need to ensure that all Local and International markets in the Federal Capital are fortified with the prevention and firefighting gadgets, Motion to repeal the provisions of Export prohibition Act CAP E22 Laws of the Federation 2004 and Related Matters, Motion on urgent public importance over the ban on exportation of dried beans to European countries from Nigeria by the European Union, Motion calling attention to the poor state of infrastructure and abandonment of Federal Health Centers in Dunukofia, Njikoka and Anaocha Local Government Areas, his constituency in the Federal House and finally Motion to tackle the devastating gully erosion in the same Local Government Areas. In response to this Motion, members of the House Committee on Environment led by Hon ObinnaChidoka visited the Federal Constituency a week ago and personally assessed the extensive damage done by gully erosion in the area.
Hon Nwankwo has undertaken numerous constituency projects in all the 51wards and 22 communities that comprise the Federal Constituency.
The projects are in the form of donation of motorcycles, tricycles, grinding and sewing machines to various beneficiaries, construction and renovation of town halls, installation of motorized boreholes, construction of Primary Health Centers and Doctors Quarters and in some instances donations of cars and as economic empowerment projects to some deserving indigenes of the constituency.
- Okeke is a media consultant based in Abuja.