It was a glorious night, Saturday 27th April, at the poolside of the Idumuje Ugboko exotic and palatial mansion of Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko as the charismatic Delta north senator elect treated his teaming supporters and the crème de la crème of the Nollywood industry to a grandiose dinner party.

The gala night was held to unwind the nerves of his supporters who accompanied him to FUPRE to receive the honorary Doctor of Science award conferred on him by the first Petroleum university in Africa.

The pride of Anioma nation, Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko, the foremost promoter of the tourism industry in Nigeria, also used the occasion to appreciate some notable Nollywood stars for their untiring efforts in promoting the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria.In a brief welcome address, the Dike Anioma and senator elect for Delta north, Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko said, “I want to appreciate all of you, specially my supporters for all your efforts in identifying with my vision for our people, the journey has not been easy, but the wish of the people shall prevail. Today, I am particularly grateful to you, our most esteem royal fathers for accompanying me to FUPRE to receive the award conferred on me by the university. Thank you very much.”

He further added, “the invaluable contributions of the Nollywood to the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria is well known, as a people we must think diversification, we must think how to grow the economy outside oil and tourism holds the key, we must develop the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria and create the enabling environment for tourists to visit our country,” he reminded the audience.In conclusion, he said, “I think we have a lot to do to develop tourism in our country and we must all work together to achieve desire result.I appreciate your presence here, thank you very much”.

Among the different groups who accompanied the Star Prince of Anioma to receive the awards were eminent Anioma royal fathers, hosts of Nollywood stars, women groups and the comrade community.
At the dinner party, it was wine, dine and dance all night long and occasionally spiced up with jokes and dramatic acts by masters of the trade. The music was melodious. In the end, all who were there, left with a piece of the high taste of hospitality of the Anioma Prince of philanthropy.

Of course, this is not the first time the Prince of hospitality is staging such a grandiose dinner party at his compound. Recall that similar party was hosted Monday night of 11th February, 2018, for the victorious team Delta to the 5th National Youth Games, Uniilorin 2019 and the 19th National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018, where 20 of the athletes were awarded scholarships and a whooping sum of N20million given to the team by the generous Prince.

In the words of a visibly happy guest at the occasion, “look at what Ned is doing now, he is not even in government yet. I can’t imagine what he will do when the court finalised the senatorial case in his favour and finally restores his stolen mandate. “There is no doubt as to what he will do when he gets there, because as the saying goes “the people rejoice when the righteous are in power”. Anioma people will continue to rejoice when Prince Ned Nwoko is inaugurated as senator in the 9th Senate!

By Iroroh Frank.


Prince Ned Nwoko Awards Excellence

On the 27th of April, 2019, 20 first class graduates were awarded the sum of 1 million Naira by Prince Ned Nwoko at the Convocation ceremony of Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Delta State.

The above is one of the Prince’s many philanthropic works geared toward encouraging the Nigerian teeming youths to pursue excellence in the area of academics and in every other endeavour they choose to pursue.


FUPRE Awards Prince Ned Nwoko Doctorate Degree

On the 27th of April, 2019, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Delta State awarded Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko with a Honourary Doctorate Degree. Below is the acceptance speech given by Prince Ned Nwoko on behalf of the recipients at the convocation ceremony:

Prince Ned Nwoko giving his acceptance speech at FUPRE, Delta State Nigeria

The Vice Chancellor, management , staff and  students of FUPRE, fellow award recipients  ,it is an amazing moment in this outstanding University.
On behalf of  my  co – recipients , I stand on the front row of history to accept this prestigious  honour . 

This is a life  – long privilege given the lofty essence of University.
The idea of the University  is not just the treasure of learning and knowledge. It confers  the finest toga of human prestige, dignity and self assurance. 
To be recognized  by the University is a badge of honour, seal of approval, power of confidence, acclamation of competence and celebration of social distinction.
Coming from the  Federal University of petroluem  resources, the first of  its kind in Africa’s most populous nation, one can only bask in amazing glory.
On the realm of self introspection, this award holds so much fascination to me.
 First of all, let me say that I am enamoured with education.I  love education. So deeply. 

My attachment is not by coincidence. It is driven by studied  orientation and  exposure. In the prime of youth , I travelled to London , England to behold a whole new world that would change my destiny forever. I returned from Britain to my fatherland in 1999 with the best of Western education culminating in a fulfilling legal  career. I am truly happy and humbled to be Learned . I was elected member  House  of Representatives  Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency  between 1999-2003.

I qualified and practiced law in the best Environment known to mankind in terms of a society entrenched in democracy and rule of law and order. Where everything seems to work so perfectly.

My most cherished passion has always been human capital development through education.  My core value is education driven by service and integrity. For decades , I have provided educational succour to thousands of students in secondary and tertiary institutions, deploying my God -given resources to ensure scholarships and grants , targeting both the brilliant and the indigent students as well as the vulnerable ones in Delta and other parts of Nigeria.

The crowning glory of my love for educational attainment is  the proposed  Science, Technology, Arts and  Sports University ( STARS UNIVERSITY ,  located in my home town of Idumuje Ugboko, near  Asaba the Delta state capital.

The STARS UNIVERSITY expected to begin academic activities in the next few  months  has a unique place as the first sports University in sub Saharan Africa. It also comes with the full compliments of a conventional University as it is poised to offer regular academic programmes.

Education is the master key to self actualization.
To the young graduands at this auspicious convocation ceremony, take a deep breath. My dream is for you to excel as you embrace the world with strength defined by character and learning.
I have a word for you. Maximize your potentials, check  your attitudes and believe in yourself.

Remember that attitude is everything in life.
Relax  and listen carefully to these inspirational insights of living by American educator ,Charles Rozell Swindoll 
 “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…. a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes” 

The moral lesson here is that you must choose your  attitudes wisely.
As you graduate out of school you are most  likely to face the world with all it’s vulgarities .
Nigeria  may not catch your fancy anymore because of her enormous social, economic and political challenges.  But as you rue over the parlous state of affairs and ponder over a seemingly uncertain future look up yourself in the mirror and say – Yes I can overcome. Do good, act against evil. Say no to crime , violence and self immolation.

Embrace the future with a positive mental and physical attitude . 
Go and make a mark. With your good education ,you have the latitude to effect a positive change in the society and impact  your lives,your families, your generation. 

As you join me and fellow awardees to savour the moment of this glorious event,  I wish everyone a bright, colourful and progressive  future. 
Thank you all.




Prince Ned Nwoko, renowned international lawyer and philanthropist, will on Friday 26th through Saturday 27th April 2019, be presented with an honorary Doctor of Science Degree (Honoris Causa) by the Nigeria’s foremost academic institution, Federal University of Petroleum, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State.
According to a statement from Ned Media Directorate, which was made available to, Prince Nwoko will be receiving the prestigious honour with some eminent Nigerians for his outstanding contributions to social progress and human capital development in Nigeria.

A nomination letter dated 15th April 2019, signed by the Vice chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun, Professor A. O. Akii Ibhobode said Prince Nwoko was nominated for his pedigree of philanthropy, service and integrity.
Professor Ibhodode said the University was convinced that Prince Ned Nwoko had evolved enduring legacies that would inspire the new generation to pursue their goals for the greatness of society.

The FUPRE honour is the second of such outstanding awards to be bestowed on Prince Ned Nwoko having received Doctorate in letters D.Litt .( Honoris Causa) from the Commonwealth University Belize ,North America in 1995.


Meet The Icon

Before coming to serve his people at the National Assembly, Prince Ned Nwoko had already set up and maintained one of the leading black law firms in the UK, where he practices as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is a Senior Consultant with Ned Nwoko Solicitors, a city of London firm of lawyers engaged in management and verification of foreign debts of Third World countries, including their component States.

He also served in Vision 2010- Committee set up by General Abacha which was then christened as the Assembly of some of the best minds within and outside the Country. Hon. Ned Nwoko was appointed Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010.   The well-known monetization policy of the Federal Government should be credited to Hon. Ned Nwoko, who sponsored the bill and followed it up with a detailed explanation for the implementation of the government under President Olusegun Obasanjo.   It is also instructive to note the bill he sponsored on Public Funds Recovery and Reward Commission which today is known as the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government being coordinated by the EFCC.

It is a known fact that it has become an effective tool in tackling corruption.   He initiated the exit from London and Paris Club loans and is the author of all the reports that led to first, the Federal government stopping monthly deductions from states’ allocations and then the commencement of refunds to the states.   He took Federal government to court on behalf of the 774 Local governments for the refund of illegal deductions and obtained a judgment of $3.2billion for the local governments. The Federal government of Nigeria has just started refunding these monies in line with the judgment of 2013.   It should be recalled that the motion he moved on the National question later translated to the Constitution of the National Conference Committee that was set up under President Goodluck Jonathan. For a lawmaker with such a foresight over the years, it is only imperative that his works are clearly documented for history. Today as we reflect, we see many of his positions on National issues during his sojourn at the National Assembly gradually coming out to play in the present dispensation.  

Hon. Ned Nwoko epitomizes diligence, assiduity, honor, integrity, compassion, benevolence and indeed finesses. He has a stubborn proclivity for distinction and he is a voracious reader that goes through any literature that comes his way. He is always of the view that a lawyer must know what is happening around him, hence he reads all major newspapers published in Nigeria on daily basis. Even his arch-rivals and adversaries always agree on one point that he pays attention to the minutest of details.

His capacity for giving is unassailable, his penchant for philanthropic activities is awe- inspiring and his proclivity for humanitarianism is unmistakable. He is an exceptionally good man with an outstanding pedigree.   He is a recipient of several awards in recognition of his sterling qualities, exemplary character and contribution to human endeavors. He was a very serious minded legislator, interested in the creation of law to grow the economy, and alleviate grinding poverty across generations.   Despite his tight schedules as an international lawyer, he has never lost contact with the people at the grassroots.


Nwoko vs Nwaoboshi Verdict, a Watershed in Electoral Jurisprudence

Nwoko vs Nwaoboshi Verdict, a Watershed in Electoral Jurisprudence

By Nzemeka Ogadinma
Great oaks grow from little acorns, according to a wise saying. When Prince Ned Nwoko vowed to challenge the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] senatorial primaries not many people took him serious. Only a few believed that his audacious challenge of impunity and fraud would end up as the spark that would usher the beginning of the end of the cankerworm of manipulation of party primaries in Nigeria.
However, that early perception of ‘an impossible mission to dare the monster of imposition and electoral malfeasance at the nomination level began to fade from Wednesday April 3, 2019 when Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered a landmark judgment that has continued to resonate across the land. That epoch-making ruling was to the effect that Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was not the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] primary held on October 2, 2018, to nominate its senatorial candidate for Delta North district in the 2019 general election.

The judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the name of Prince Ned Nwoko as the rightful candidate of the PDP, having established the fact before the court that Nwoko scored a majority of the lawful votes in the primary. He also ordered Senator Nwaoboshi to stop parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the Delta North senatorial district.
Nwoko through his counsel Ahmed Raji (SAN), had dragged INEC, PDP and Nwaoboshi before the court praying for an order to stop INEC from publishing or further publishing the name of Nwaoboshi as the candidate for Delta North senatorial district. Nwoko also asked for another order compelling the PDP to forward his name to INEC as the authentic candidate of the party for the senatorial district in the 2019 general election.
Nwoko who predicated his suit on seven grounds, which were supported by 20-paragraph affidavit evidence and five exhibits, claimed that he was screened and cleared for the Delta North senatorial district by the PDP Electoral Committee. He averred among other things, that at the end of the primary election, he scored 453 votes to defeat his closest rival, Nwaoboshi who scored 405 while Paul Osaji came third with 216 votes.
Nwoko, however, declared that to his surprise, the PDP jettisoned the result of the primary election and forwarded Nwaoboshi’s name as its candidate for the senatorial district. He stated that all efforts to redress the injustice through the party’s appeal panel were frustrated and thus unsuccessful.

The pacesetting judgment has been attracting wide responses with many holding the view that the outcome of the case would take the nation’s jurisprudence on electoral matters a notch higher.  One key aspect of the judgment that has generated interest is the fact that it beamed searchlight on the way and manner political parties conduct their intra-party primary elections to nominate candidates for general elections.
The judgment also followed similar ones in Zamfara and Rivers states where shambolic party primaries marked by exclusion and other anomalies were conducted leading to long drawn legal tussles. But the particular case of Delta North senatorial district PDP primary was markedly distinct in view of the fact that it actually took place but was marred by underhand manipulations of the process by top officials who allegedly announced a tinkered version of the result.
Thus the seeming orderly and peaceful conduct of the primary election was a mere façade. The charade that the conduct of that election represents is underscored by the fact that the exercise was littered with cleverly coated fraud and high wire manipulation. Inside sources confirmed that Prince Nwoko won the primary contest but officials instead fraudulently announced Nwaoboshi as the winner relying on falsely allocated figures which did not tally with the sum of valid ballot papers. Such an election that was not free, fair and transparent cannot be said to have been democratically done.
It is thus a matter of relief that the fraudulent nature of that October 2 primary was confirmed through the laudable adjudication by the Federal High Court presided by Hon Justice Mohammed which reversed the injustice and established Ned Nwoko as the rightful winner of the contest.

The verdict of the judge was predicated on manifest evidence and facts which are provable. In other words, it is a judgment based on facts, an honest attempt to draw a reasonable conclusion from factual evidence. The judgment will not only likely stand the test of time, it may also end up serving as a vital precedent in future.
It is gratifying to note that Nwaoboshi has challenged the judgment at the appellate court. If he is cocksure that he won the primary election fair and clean, the onus is now on him to prove so. But the question that has not been answered yet pertains to why his lawyers and those of the PDP disobeyed court subpoena to produce the ballot papers for recounting in open court.
Could it be that they chose not to obey the subpoena because they knew that the process that produced Nwaoboshi was not clean enough to be exhibited before the open court? And in the absence of the original ballot papers used at the senatorial primary, the judge was left with no option than to admit the certified true copies tendered by Nwoko’s counsel and ruled based on verifiable evidence before him.
Justice Mohammed’s ruling is therefore a judgment based on facts and an honest attempt to draw a reasonable conclusion from evidence that was not countered.
The judgment in this case shows that Nigeria’s democracy is progressing and getting reformed somehow. Today, with this there is a valid court judgment to the effect that matter doesn’t just stop at inspecting the INEC ballot papers, the ballot papers used during the political parties’ primary elections can also be subjected to integrity test to establish their validity.
For so long, the bulk of the rigging and manipulations had been perpetuated at the party level with unpopular candidates escaping with false victories and enjoying unmerited mandates.  With this verdict as precedent, the ubiquitous cases of impunity, manipulation, imposition and sundry corruption in our electoral system particularly at the party primary level can now be successfully challenged and stripped bare to pave way for the emergence of truly chosen candidates by the people. The development is very healthy for the growth and sustenance of the nation’s democratic process.
·        Nzemeka Ogadinma wrote from Abbi, Ndokwa West LGA, Delta State