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How Stella Oduah Fell From Grace To Grass

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A former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, seems to have come to the end of her political journey after losing out in the National Assembly Election held on Saturday, February 25.

Oduah was the senatorial candidate for Anambra North Senatorial District. The oil and gas mogul was a crest-fallen in defeat as no area deemed her fit to retain her political power. She recorded losses in all the seven local government areas of Anambra North Senatorial District, namely Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Oyi, Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra West and Ayamelum. One wouldn’t think that the woman who was once a delegate chosen by the President Muhammadu Buhari to attend the Papal inauguration of Pope Francis with a few other ministers would lose political relevance anytime soon. Many have attributed her defeat to the magnitude of controversies surrounding her or perhaps to the fact that she closed her ears to opposition and warning of the aggrieved elders who were not satisfied with her performance during her second term in office.

The Anambra North Elders Forum, ANEF, had rejected her third term political ambition, labeling her eight-year tenure in the 9th Senate a failure. She was accused of constantly fighting corruption cases and did not have time to sit in the hallowed chambers to sponsor any bill or motions that would positively impact the people of her constituency.

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The Adaeze Chukwu of Ogbaro land was also said to have failed woefully in empowering people despite the huge money that was accrued to her office. Having enjoyed a fair share of representation, she was advised to take a bow and allow another person take over. The senator also faced other opposition in an attempt for a third term bid. She was dragged to court by one John Emeka who accused her of lying under oath in her nomination forms. Her participation in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC was questioned and he had asked the court to disqualify her from seeking an elective post in 2023, however, the case was later dismissed. I

n 2014, Oduah was sacked in absentia at the Federal Executive Council meeting by the Goodluck Jonathan Administration. She was booted out despite the fact that she was part of the inner circle of the then President. She was the director of administration and finance of Jonathan’s campaign team. It was gathered that the lawmaker inflated the cost of two cars bought by the Nigeria Civil Aviation, there was no provision for such a purchase in the budget and their acquisition process did not comply with public procurement policy.

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