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Owerri Senate 2023: Those who May take way Ezenwa Onyewuchi’s Seat in the Senate

As the political calendar gradually counts down towards the next general Elections, the Owerri Senate seat comes into perspective, as uncertainty surrounds Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi’s continued representation of the people of Owerri zone in the Senate.

There are bound to be several likely outcomes in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, which presently occupies the seat in the Senate, and Ezenwa Onyewuchi may not find it smooth sailing within the party in 2023, as it appeared for him in 2019.

2023 PDP Senatorial Primaries, may see Senator Samuel Anyanwu SamDaddy on the ballot, if he decides to jettison his Governorship ambition and return to the Senate.

Should Senator Samuel Anyanwu look at the PDP Senate ticket, there is strong belief, that Onyewuchi would not be returning to the Red Chambers.

There are also feelers, that Hon. Uche Onyeagocha may try his hand for the party’s Senatorial ticket, come 2023.

Onyeagocha tried his hand at the seat in 2015, flying the APC flag, when he was pitted against Senator Samuel Anyanwu of the PDP.

The former APGA Governorship aspirant, and former Secretary to the State Govenrment during the Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha regime, pulls a lot of clout in the zone, and has very strong followership.

Should he contest the Senate seat against Onyewuchi, there are greater chances of him emerging victorious over an Onyewuchi, who have been rated as an underperformer both in his time as a Federal Representative, and in the Senate.

However, should Senator Samuel Anyanwu join the race, we may see Onyeagocha returning to his former party the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, to clench their Senate ticket, and battle the winners of the PDP and APC at the General Elections.

In 2019, Onyewuchi faced off the late Emma Ojinere, who flew the flag for the APC. To many, despite Onyewuchi’s poor scorecard, facing off against Ojinere wasn’t fair game, and nobody was surprised to see Onyewuchi winning Ojinere at the General Elections.

In 2023, the APC may change tactics, and come up with a more formidable candidate to match Onyewuchi, or anybody who will eventually fly the party’s flag into battle.

The former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, keeps coming to the minds of many APC faithfuls, as names start dropping for the Senatorial candidate of the party.

Madumere won the hearts and minds of the people of Imo State, when he stood up against the former Govenror Rochas Okorocha, who had wanted to install his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, as his replacement.

Madumere’s struggles, persecution, sacrifices and determination, denied Okorocha and Nwosu, the Govenroship ticket of the APC, and led to the eventual defeat of Uche Nwosu and his father-in-law.

A lot of Imo people do not want a man, considered by many as their champion, to leave the political scene, and they believe that he would best serve the people in a place where strong voices are needed.

Madumere have not disappointed, as he was very vocal to Okorocha, which made Okorocha believe that Madumere would not cover his wrongdoings if he succeeded him, and thus fought Madumere. He is still not silent today, as he has remained as a conscience to the Hope Uzodinma adminstration, commending Uzodinma on his performance so far in his message to Uzodinma on one year in office, yet pointing out that a lot of effort was needed in the area of the wellbeing of Pensioners and civil servants.

Madumere, if eventually he decides to get back into the political playing field, may yet again contest for the Senate position he once contested for in 2005, after the death of Senator Amah Iwuagwu.

There will definitely be other contenders for the APC ticket in Owerri zone, but looking at the ability to stand whoever the PDP and APGA eventually presents, Madumere seems to stand a better chance to displace Onyewuchi and return the Owerri Senate seat to the APC, an opportunity the party have yet to get.

APGA and other political parties, may likely settle for aggrieved members of the PDP and APC, who will lose out, and seek to pursue their Senate ambition from other platforms.

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