I crafted and posted my analysis on Professor Osunbor titled “A New Dawn:Prof. Osunbor’s PDP Victory Brightens Edo State’s Future.”My email has been flooded beyond measures with support, comments, complaints, request for clarification and outright concerns/objections over my article on Prof. Osunbor.As much as I can’t respond to all the emails, I must emphasize that my overwhelming conviction could be deemed patronizing but I remain unwavering in my belief in a person I volitionally think will move Edo State forward.
Edo State Situation
Edo State citizens (including myself) have a right to be concerned about the person that gets the mantle of leadership.If our experiences over the past 8 years are anything to go by, we have a right to be reasonably upset.Yet, in the midst of our reservations, we must be willing to embrace change.We must be willing to support a shift in leadership that could transform the situation in Edo State.We must avoid using a bad brush of discontentment and negative doubt to paint every emerging candidate.
Realistically, what are our options?Who are the candidates that are qualified, trust worthy and non-conforming enough to lead the state for its betterment.We, as citizens of the state regardless of our international domain, can’t guarantee performance or non thereof.What we can do is pull our support behind someone that gives us the dovelike reputation that is commendable.That is what I see in Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor in comparison to others that were interested in the position.When a man with great skills and an unblemished reputation, companioned with a competency that exceed the norm is willing to stick out his repute, we must be willing to shift our negative propensity to one laced with joy, excitement and beta, for a future that suddenly looks bright.
Most Edo State citizens in Diaspora are reasonably comfortable.We have the satisfaction of access to almost all our needs.With consistent power supply, safety, basic amenities and the options of maintaining a decent livelihood, we could get easily sidetracked and comfortable in our needs and that could migrate into influencing our windows of analysis.It is not so for the millions of our fellow Edo State indigenes resident in the state, that can’t:
a) Drive the streets at night or during the day for safety reasons,
b) Guarantee a daily meal for lack of jobs and resources,
c) Get clean drinking water, talk less take showers or bath,
d) Handle the most basic activities due to lack of resources,
e) Get a regular supply of electricity,
f) Preserve any items for the problem related to item “e” and,
Control expenses due to bad roads that take depreciating tolls on those that are able to afford a car.
Osunbor vs. Oshiomohle
I received several notable emails from supporters of Comrade Adams Oshiomohle that believe, based on my synopsis of the thrust of their views, that he may be a candidate of considerable commendation because of his position as the head of the Nigeria Labor Congress.Good, I don’t dispute the fact that he heads a union group.I also do not dispute the fact that he is a strong, compassionate individual that believes, generically in the masses.I truly commend his efforts in his field of expertise.However, I will not devote time to analyze his track record and ways he gained his financial wherewithal over the years.What I must say however is that union management methodologies are distinctive from political leadership.Very few union leaders have ever migrated into political positions with positive outcomes.
The political environment is one of a democratic nature.It is one that requires a toolkit of abilities to strategize, perform and seek completion with due diligence.The union environment is more of adversarial umbrae that often only get resolved through a conforming compromise if any.The union environment is more of a “Whack the head management style,” and that is not going to move Edo State forward at this point.We do not want an environment that encourages a four way traffic sign with one of the signs playing the role of a buffalo herd.In other words, Edo State is not ready for a leader that will adopt a status quo of MOU strategy in leadership, because the political arena does not have a well-defined memorandum of Understanding or a Collective Bargaining Agreement that can be referred to when needed.
Most elite Edo State citizen do not believe Comrade Oshiomohle can govern a state like Edo at this time?Occasionally, it is important to separate our likeness for someone based on their personality from their ability to perform at a level of competitive demand.In my humble opinion, I do not believe (I remain open to reasonable conviction) that Comrade Adams Oshiomohle can function effectively at the helm of affairs in Edo State right now.On this subject, I will temporarily rest my case.
Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor
Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor has been commended for his empathy, strategic actions and unquestionable quest to seek legacy through performance.Out of a list of highly supported individuals, he emerge the PDP candidate solely based on his competencies and track records.If these points are not worth recognizing, then what is?We have cried against selective justice and practices over the past seven years, and today, Edo State is positioned to succeed politically by ensuring the conduction of a free and fair PDP primary election.We should recognize that.We cannot let our past experiences take away from Prof. Osunbor’s victory and regress on the seemingly bright future of Edo State.We should congratulate Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor and hope for a non-pre-designed, manipulated, biased statewide election, orchestrated under the covert umbrellas of incumbency influence.
Several great people of Edo State have devoted their personal time and money to researching and analyzing governorship candidates over the past few months.They must be commended.A notable person, whose commentary I have read continuously over the past few months is Engr. Austine Osaghae.Today, I give him credit for his work and thank him for his devotion.Rather than criticize on passion, feelings, anonymously or in darkness, you continue to conduct research and speak on the status of the state.
Edo State Governorship Diversity
Several individuals asked why I am so convinced that Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor will emerge the governor of Edo State in 2007 even if he is the most qualified recognizing the level of election rigging often prevalent in the country.
There is a wide diversity of candidates vying for the governorship position.Most are unknown in the scheme of things.Factually however, to win a key position such as the governor of a state, one must belong to a key political party.In the USA, that is the Democratic or Republican Party.In Nigeria, the PDP, ANPP, and AC stands out.I agree that there have been specks of rare surprises such as in Minnesota among others.This rarity is uncommon in developing countries.In Nigeria, among the packs of those seeking a chance to sustain the development and reengineering of the Edo State, only two names as indicated in this article stand a chance.As clearly noted above, the party affiliation is just as important as the candidate and Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor, under the auspices of PDP will likely emerge the new governor of Edo State all things being equal.
In a nation where most of the outgoing political leaders could qualify as candidates that should be incarcerated, condemned to mental homes, enslaved for their violations of human rights and commended for their undying, integrated efforts to leverage this nation that has grown so diverse and segmented on ethnic grounds due to the unfair and unbalanced leadership and/or dominance of one group over others, it is important to also embrace a new dawn in leadership in the varied states.So
me candidates have belts of abilities to bulldoze their ways through the populace solely based on stolen financial wealth.The metrics of measuring the opportunities of these candidates has changed.What has not changed however is the chance of the current president to conduct a true and fair election to ensure that corrupt, compromising candidates that continue to snake their heads to the sight of the general population do not rig their ways into positions.I look forward to Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor’s leadership.