The Ward secretaries of the nine local government areas in Delta North (Delta North PDP Secretaries Forum) gathered together at Pace Hotel, Charles Street, Agbor, on Monday, September 17, 2018 to welcome a special visitor, Prince Hon. Ned Nwoko, a Delta North senatorial aspirant, who hails from Idumuje-Ugboko.
Present to receive the Prince, were the secretaries of 98 Wards from the nine local governments in Delta North: Oshimili North, Oshimili South, Aniocha North, Aniocha South, Ika South, Ika North East, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Ukwani.
Prince Ned Nwoko, a well known name in the political landscape of Delta North, stated that it has been his immense desire to meet with all the Ward Secretaries in Delta North, in order to solicit for their support, fraternize with them and to assure them of his non-diminishing determination to uproot the mountain-like obstacles currently facing Delta North.
Speaking, Ned Nwoko said, “The problem of gas flaring in Ndokwa nation is an abomination that needs to be rooted out. The recklessness of oil companies and the stance of compromised politicians have made the problem seemingly insurmountable.
“Be that as it may, if elected as Senator, I will fight against vicious oil companies in order to compel them to repair and compensate for the damages already and still being done to the Niger Delta region”.
Prince Ned during his visit, assured the secretaries that he is not in politics for money, as he is already a comfortable man. He told them not to vote for money, as voting for their long term interests would be a wise move.
Furthermore, he explained that his only desire is to leave a legacy behind that will last long after he must have left the face of the earth. He went further to say that he is ambitious to positively affect the lives of his people, so that he can be remembered like the Nigerian heroes of time past; men like Dr, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo.
Urging the Delta North PDP Secretaries Forum to work for the interests of the PDP in the forthcoming elections, he said, “we must be our brother’s keepers. We must join hands to ensure that the Governor is re-elected. It is not far-fetched to posit that we are going to face a lot of opposition from the APC, as the APC will control almost all the machinery that will be instrumental in the operationalization of the electoral process. Nevertheless, we must have the backing of popular persons to help us gather the support of the people, in order to ensure that PDP wins the elections, come 2019”.
Hon. Nwoko went on to say that when elected, he will address the issue of flooding in Niger Delta by bringing the Ministry of Works to construct roads with shorelines, which will help to curtail the flooding problem. He said he will also call on FERMA and other relief organizations to assist flood victims. He also stated that plans will be made to evacuate potential flood victims before the rainy/flooding seasons and provide temporary accommodations for them.
In response to Prince Ned Nwoko’s address, the Delta North PDP Secretaries Forum, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ijegbulem, Secretary, Ward 10 Ika North East Local Government Area, expressed their confidence in Hon. Nwoko’s ability to work for the good of not only Delta North, but also the federation. They affirmed that as the engine room of the political party (PDP), they will do all they can to ensure that the PDP wins the forthcoming 2019 elections all the way, from the State to the federal level.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ijegbulem, the Secretary, Ward 10 Ika North East, and the Chairman of Delta North PDP Secretaries Forum, described Prince Ned Nwoko as a man who has the essential leadership qualities, with wide experience in different sectors of life. He said “He is a humble man, who is knowledgeable and highly exposed. As a Senator, he will work with senators from other parts of the country to enact useful laws and ensure that they are carried out by the Executive”