NDUDI Elumelu VS JOAN MRAKPOR: Who Blinks First?
HE did it before when he replaced Hon. Pascal Adigwe at the green chambers as the representative of the good people of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency.
Though, this piece is not about how well he represented the people (that is a different topic for another day) The story is that Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, who later became a national figure on account of his roles as the chairman of the house committee that investigated the then and still controversial spending on power by the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo wants to go back to the house.
He wants to return to the same seat he vacated in 2015 when he aspired to rule Delta State as its governor. Elumelu in that year, 2015, joined other sons of Anioma extraction to jostle for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
However, the big question on the lips of some Deltans, at least those of voting age and at least those from Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, is whether Hon. Elumelu can defeat Honourable (Mrs.) Joan Amaechi Mrakpor at the polls next year to represent the good people of the constituency.
For the uninitiated the answer is ‘lets wait and see’ while those who are versed and have been following the antecedents of the two politicians, they will tell you that it will be a difficult task for him to accomplish.
To them it will be difficult for Elumelu, a man with so much baggage (remember his confession of paying one Dumebi to help him secure PDP’s governorship ticket in the state and all the uproar that followed his role in the power probe) to snatch the party ticket from Mkrapor, a sitting lawmaker whose husband is also the current chief law officer of the state.
A woman who is fondly called Ada Anioma and who was also a former state legislator that represented Aniocha State Constituency for two terms, though, erosion still ravages her country home, Ubulu Uku while villages like Adonte, Aba Unor, Ukwu Oba, Egbudu Aka (all in ward 10 of her then constituency), internal roads in Ogwashi Uku, the headquarters of her former constituency not to talk of roads in villages in Aniocha North and Oshimili North and South local government areas all of which she represents now at the House of Reps.
While others still believe that with the poor road network in the constituency, lack of or near absence of state governments’ (at all levels) presence in the area they seek to represent and coupled with the fact that they have been tried and tested and have failed in providing dividends of democracy, that it is time both of them give for someone else to breathe fresh air into the polity.