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Adams Oshiomhole: The ‘Comrade Governor’, Edo State and history

May 9, 2012

Abiding commitment towards innovations, patriotism, development , loyalty and people-oriented issues, is what the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole is exhibiting in the life of his people. His quality of thought no doubt, requires a real critical understanding of economics, people and governance. This can be seen in his many achievements and his well outlined cabinet, where women and youths have been given fairly large representation which use to be an elusive venture in Edo politics.

An egalitarian Edo state is now a possibility, civil society and opposition political parties can air their views without harassment like it use to be in the past. The educational sector put it in the right perspective, all public schools in the state have either been renovated to meet today’s standard for education or totally rebuilt. The condition of learning in our schools is now conducive enough for a decent education befitting a child anywhere. Primary and secondary education made compulsory and free for all residents in the state irrespective of their states of origin. To me, it is something to shout about, our parents can now breath air of relief. A well-articulated primary hearthcare system is being put in place, with free medication for pregnant women, children below the age of five and the aged. That’s not all, the retirees who normally find it difficult to get their stipends under past administrations, now gets their monthly emolument without tears before 25th of every month. The state civil servants have been enjoying the N18,000 minimum wage. What is the magic? To say how come he got it right is enough for Edo people to go wild for the one -man-one vote crusader. I dare say, that the comrade is the messiah we can trust with the future of our state as at now because “the oracle have spoken.”

Lately, the state has become one big construction site with civil engineering works. Road networks, beautifully adorned with street lights, walk ways and flowers, cuts across the whole state internally and externally. Massive revamping of infrastructural amenities, agriculture, exploration of our solid rocks and minerals which in turn is attracting both local and international investors is being propagated. Promotion of public-private-partnership (PPP) that can create lots of job opportunities for the youths to mention a few is the hallmark. He has already made his mark in no time and he is worthy of our support for his second term bid.

A standing ovation for the comrade governor for his holistic approach towards the numerous problems he inherited. He has done a little above three years, what the previous PDP government could not do in ten years of our democracy. Rather, they took us back to twenty years of bottomless negligence! Ravaged, looted our commonwealth, got the state into perpetual backwardness. They simply have no clue! As at now, they have been kept on hamlet and we will trash their remnant still lurking around come July 14 because this is the only way to send a message to political looters with no business in government. Although, to dream is not a crime, so, let those who dream for a possible comeback to unseat the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as the ruling political party in Edo State keep dreaming. It is a fundamental human right of all to dream, but the situation on ground shows how the comrade governor has already banished the godfathers and their followers with a touch of positive change in the lives of the people.

In my humble view, the nation seems to be watching with wild admiration how the ACN thrown to our political arena, men with uncommon ability in terms of leadership qualities. This shows that the nation needs not weep as in no distant time, political manipulators will be out of circulation. The wheat would have been filtered from the chaff, Oshiomhole is a man truly loved by his people for his works. He has become a new dawn in Nigeria political journey. Where his fellow men chose to loot, he chose to make a different. He has paved way for a people oriented government, where every citizen has a voice with their vote! An iconic metaphor for present day politics and a school of thought worthy of emulation, making use of his magic wand to take our state to the height! From what we have seen surely, he is equipped with the formula to alleviate poverty of unemployment, illiteracy and immensity of negligence that defined the state in the past.

For this reason, the governorship seat in Edo State is definitely not vacant! At least, not in the next four years, Edo is in a safe hands for now. Our comrade is definitely retaining the seat because he is giving his all. Only great mind like him deserve a second term to steer the ship forward. He has done well for our state, this, no one dispute. Another standing ovation to you for the positive positivity change you have impacted. Your ability to turn a desert into a land flowing with milk and honey is highly appreciated, by all true sons and daughters of the land. We shall consolidate our future by reciprocating your hard work with overwhelming 90 per cent vote! Come July 14, 2012 .

 

Iluogwikphe Ogbhemhe, writes from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Culled for The Nation of Wednesday 9th May 2012

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