ANIOCHA/OSHIMILI 2019: We’re about to change the narrative – Ike Onwuaduegbo

There is palpable fear in the camp of PDP faithful who are aspiring to represent Aniocha/Oshimili Federal House of Representatives in the 2019 general elections.

As at the time of filing this report on Tuesday night, there are four powerful PDP members who are vying for the coveted position at the National Assembly.

Ndudi Elumelu, who represented the area but left to run for the 2015 governorship of the state and lost woefully, is gearing up to contest and return to the House.

The incumbent member, Onyemaechi Mrakpor, is also gunning to return to the house to serve a second term as a federal legislator.

In the same vein, former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, who is representing Oshimili South for the second term, Peter Onwusanya, is said to have declared intention to run for the same position.

But a United States based Ike Onwuaduegbo, who has spent 25 years in the American land, has also joined in the race to represent the zone in the Federal House of Representatives.

The area is made up of Aniocha North and South and Oshimili North and South, the biggest federal constituency in Delta state.

Onwuaduegbo, who made his declaration to the ward 2 members on Monday at Onicha Ugbo, told journalists that he was ready to battle the other three aspirants, clinch the PDP ticket and emerge the candidate of the party to contest the election in 2019.

He said he had the backing of the Anioma people in Diaspora who gave him the nod to come over to Nigeria and contest the federal constituency election.

He also said he has the support of the youths in the constituency to contest the election, a development which has given him a big edge over others who are in the race with him.

He told journalists that he, with the support of the people in Diaspora, is ready to match the other contenders naira to naira and dollar to dollar so that he could rescue the constituency from poor and inadequate representation.

In an interview with journalists after meeting the ward members, Onwuaduegbo said his interest in the race was reached following wide consultation with Anioma people in the Diaspora, in Europe and Canada. He said following the decisions reached, he returned to Nigeria to contest the election.

According to him: “We have been accepted at the ward level. The consultation will continue. We have a Diaspora team that is particular about the general election.

“The end result is that we will achieve success. We do have the basic pre-requisite to run for this office. We are fully qualified in all ways. We have a lot of dedication and commitment to our people in the constituency.

“We have a foundation that has been running for about four to five years now. It’s a non-profit organization whose main goal is to bridge the digital divide, the technology of our primary school pupils.

“I’m excited that we have formidable youths who see me as one of them. They are willing to work with us in this direction.

Answering a question on starting late, he said: “For me, I don’t think it’s late. It has been going on, there have been consultations. The primary election is still about two to three months away. People already have idea of what we want to do. We will do our best to make sure we get the PDP ticket.”

On the possibility of beating the incumbent and others to clinch the ticket, he said: “Like I said before, this is the project of the Anioma people in Diaspora, they took it to be their project. We have the resources to do it, we have the manpower, we have the financial resources, we are willing to match them anyway they come.”


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