Ndudi Godwin Elumelu: Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, was born on the 23rd of February, 1965. He hails from Onicha-Ukwu in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his education at the popular Yaba Tech (Yaba College of Technology), Yaba, Lagos where he obtained a National Diploma in Business Administration in 1989. He later bagged a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Accounting & Finance in 1993 before his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in finance in 2001. Mr. Elumelu has attended many courses both locally and overseas, some of which are credit analysis course by H. Pierson Associates Ltd., Finance Africa summit in South Africa organized by Philip Consulting, 2nd Nigeria International Insurance Summit and other courses in Europe. He is a member of the board of directors in many companies, some of which are Tenoil Petroleum and Gas Company Limited, Structural Trust Fund Limited, Exchange Trade Limited, MunGen Consults Limited, Transglobal Communications Limited, Pet – Jibson & Company Limited, Peton Engineering Limited, and Pet – N Chemicals amongst many others. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
As a result of his knack for excellence, he left to set up Transglobal Investment Ltd., an outfit which consists of eminent Nigerians and seasoned businessmen of proven integrity. The firm handles all classes of insurance business amongst other services. Before engineering the incorporation of Transglobal Investments Ltd., he was a staff of Gulf Bank where he was saddled with the responsibility of management of credit, marketing, treasury and other services. On leaving Gulf Bank Ltd., he joined Inter Capital Ltd., an investment outfit where he was the Head of Credit.
He was elected into the Federal House of Representatives in 2007 to represent the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Costituency. However, prior to his election, Hon Elumelu had tried his luck first in 2003, but some high wire politcal intrigues had not only pitched him against the then Governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori but had equally caused him to lose to Hon. Pascal Adigwe. He returned in 2007, much wiser and more determined, but met with the same old forces, which not only pitched him against his own blood brother, Peter Elumelu, but also tried to deny him the opportunity to represent his people, on the alleged grounds that he had snubbed a lucrative offer from the godfather himself, Chief Ibori, to serve in the Delta State cabinet. Part of his problems with the then establishment had also allegedly emanated from the fact that he was seen as an Abuja politician and had equally been regarded as a major fixture of the then Godswill Obielum political structure, which gave the Ibori machinery a real scare in 2007. After the defeat of Obielum at the Ogwashi Uku governorship primaries, the structure was allegedly taken over by Mrs Mariam Ali, wife of the former PDP national Chairman Ahmadu Ali, who was herself humiliated at the Senatorial elections by the Ibori machinery which returned incumbent Senator, Patrick Osakwe on the platform of the Accord Party.
Hon. Elumelu suddenly found himself alone and had to proceed to the Court where triumphed as INEC declared him the winner of the April 2007 Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency seat. However, all that is in the past now, as Hon. Elumelu enjoys a very cordial relationship with the present administration in Delta state as indeed he does with all and sundry and even Godswill Obielum himself has already settled his old scores with Governor Uduaghan and is now one of the strongest campaigners of a second tern for the governor in Delta North.
Sice his election, he has been a member of several high brow committees in the House including: Committee Membership: Diaspora, Drugs, Narcotics & Financial Crimes, Interior Affairs, National Security & Intelligence, and the House Committee on Power, where he served as Chairman).
His anti-corruption stance to expose the ill perpetrated in governance, which is the cog in the wheel of development of our great country is in line with the sermon of zero tolerance on corruption by the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He was seen by many as a role model, a catalyst for change and a likely whistle blower on malpractices and injustice in the system at the initial stages of his Power Committee activities. He and his team appeared to be passionate and resolute to ensure that through their probe of over $16 billion expended on electricity projects between 1999 and 2007 without tangible outcome, will bring about positive solutions in addressing our problems. Hon Elumelu had stood upright in his performance as Chairman of the Committee on Power where he demonstrated a high level of patriotism, and brought his managerial acumen and intellectual prowess to bear on the assignment.
This was evident in the manner he moderated the probe on the power sector, where he deposited logical and tasking questions and occasionally guided those in the box from derailing in their presentations. He accommodated the contributions of others with high sense of humility, integrity and sincerity to ensure that they were on track and focused in making a positive difference to correct the mistakes of the past.
He was well admired in those days that he was even nicknamed by admirers as “Mr. Due-Process and Transparency”, but it was also reported that he also received several death threats to his life as a result of his progressive actions, but this did not deter him from carrying out his legislative duties and freely relating with all and sundry with equanimity, which depicts his moral upbringing.
However, it was this same Power Committe assignment that was to cause Hon Ndudi Elumelu a lot of nightmares as he was suddenly accussed from both within the House of Representative and outside of connivance, fraud and high handedness amongst others.
Hon Elumelu, Senator Nicolas Yahaya Ugbane and Hon. Jibo Mohammed, amongst 9 others were originally arraigned on Friday October 30, 2009 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 130 count charge over an alleged N5.2billion Rural Electrification Scam The charges were separated thus: The three lawmakers among them were originally and jointly facing a 62 count charge while the other six accused are jointly facing a 68 count charge.
The three lawmakers are: Hon. Godwin Ndidi Elumelu, Senator Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane and Hon. Jibo Mohammed. The other accused are Engr. Samuel Ibi Gekpe, Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu, Simon Kirdi Nanle, Engr. Lawrence Kayode Orekoya, Abdulsamad Garba Jahun and Barrister Kayode Oyedeji.
In 2010, The EFCC, presisely on Thursday October 14th, 2010, re-arraigned former Senate Committee Chairman on Power, Senator Nicholas Ugbane, his House of Representatives counterpart, Hon. Godwin Elumelu, and Hon Jibo Mohammed at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Abuja, before Justice Abimbola Banjoko on a fresh 65 count charge bordering on defrauding the government in the Rural Electrification Agency project. They were reprtedly granted bail and the case is said to still be on-going but that has not deterred Hon. Elumelu from seeking for re-election in the April 2011 polls, despite reports in some quarters that the EFCC is poised to scuttle the political ambitions of those still under investigation or in litigation with the Commission.
Infact because of his great interests in youth and women empowerment, and the Energy sector in particular and nation building in general, he has been propelled to remain courageously vital in legislative activities in the hallowed chambers which has distinguished him as a leader with the interest of the downtrodden at heart.
To be sure, the Hon. Godwin Ndudi Elumelu campaign has been hinged on four themes, which have featured prominently in his electioneering campaign prior to his election into the House of Representatives in April 2007 and this time around. The themes according to Elumelu’s manifesto listed Economic Empowerment of Underprivileged Women, Youths and Farmers; Moral Probity Through Respect For Traditional Institutions; Determination to Improve Living standards of the People; as well as Infrastructural Transformation of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency.
Amongst all these, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) projects is the one that has visibly spread across many parts of his constituency and gulped a large chunk of the constituency project funds. The others are not far behind.
Elumelu in his stewardship publication tagged: ‘The Elumelu Stewardship” is said to have influenced the following constituency projects in the federal budget.
The projects as listed include: “Water irrigation and distribution schemes at Onu-boh, Obior, Adonie and Ogbole-Ogume; Irrigation project at Ewulu; Irrigation project at Illah/Ebu; Rehabilitation of underground water schemes at Onitcha-Olona, Alisime, Ogwashi-Ukwu, Ilah, Ibusa, etc; Erosion control project at Idumuje-Unor; Solar-base Rural Electrification project at Nsukwa clan; Solar-PV power supply and Rural Energy pilot projects; Construction of 33KV ITC and 1 NO 2.5MVA injection sub-station at Utagba-Uno/Itua/Nsukwa junction; Rehabilitation of 35KM, 33KV at Asaba/Obior line; Injection of 2.15MVA, 33/11KV at Industrial Estate Asaba; Asaba main transmission 2.15MVA; and 33KVA/ITC, 1 NO.2.5MVA injection sub-station, 11KVA ITC Network at N44, 100,000.00.”
Others listed include the “construction of a Town Hall at Onicha-Uku; and a bore hole project at Idumuje-Unor all in Aniocha North Local Government Area.” In Aniocha South local government area, Elumelu listed the “construction of a Town Hall at Ogwashi-Uku; and bore hole at Aba-Unor. In Oshimili North council area there is a “Town Hall in Akukwu-Igbo and a bore hole at Ibusa; Town Hall and bore hole at Oko ”
There are also: “one block of computer laboratory with accessories at Issele-Uku (Aniocha North), Ogwashi-Uku (Aniocha South), Akukwu-Igbo (Oshimili North) and Oko (Oshimili North); Primary Health Care Clinics at Idumuje-Unor (Aniocha North), Aba-Unor (Aniocha South), Illah, Oko (Oshimili North) and Motorised bore hole with overhead tank at Onicha-Uku (Aniocha North) ”
Honourable Elumelu also disclosed in his stewardship that he collaborated with the NDDC in the implementation of the following projects: “Renovation of some secondary schools in the federal constituency, fencing of some secondary schools in the federal constituency, construction of Ohordua/Ugbodu/Onicha-Uku/issele-Uku road, construction of Oko-Ogbele/Oko-Anala road and construction of Egbudu-Akah/Ubulu-Uku road.”
It is indeed rare to see a politician who will come out to list his constituency projects and even add costs to them as Hon. Elumelu has done with his own projects and for this, he is well endeared by the people of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, even though there is an important school of thought which still believe that some of his project costs were highly inflated.
In fact his popularity amongst his constituents led recently to his being confered with the prestigious title of Odozi Ani (meaning ‘the one who makes things better’) of Oko, in Oshimili North LGA of Delat State, in recognition of the good works he has reportedly done for the people of Oko. This is in addition to the titles he has received from Idumuje-Ugboko, Okpanam and other communites in the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency.
Incidentally, his main challenger for the position, Alanza Uche Ugbomah, himself a staunch PDP stalwarth, now contesting under the platform of the Accord Party and a strong ally of the PDP, Delta state chairman Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, is from Oko. Many analysts have opined that the entrant of Mr. Ugbomah into the race may not be unconnected with the expectation that the EFCC may spring a suprise on the outcome of the election, but with the seeming decision of the anti-graft Commission to remain silent on the fate of those in Court and under investigation, especially at this election period, it remains to be seen how far the gamble to challenge Hon. Ndudi Elumelu will go, because he is by far the most favored candidate to win the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency again.