Elder (Dr.) Chukwuma O. Nwaonicha.
Elder (Dr.) Chukwuma O. Nwaonicha.
Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa
Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

As I have stated many times, and as the countdown to the 2015 elections approaches, Delta State Governorship Race – 2015will be based on proven personality and integrity issues and not on the fact that Delta State is predominantly a PDP state or through empty boasting by some aspirants or Government appointees that cannot even win the party nomination in their local government.? In my humble and honest opinion, for the love for the masses and Delta State, most of the aspirantsor Government appointees that are indicating interest are only trying to make themselves relevant ? that is the beauty of democracy. ?However, as I observed, 2015 election in Delta State is not for politicians that are proud and cannot be reached, rude, arrogant, unscrupulous, mischief makers, pathological liars and evil doers. ?As noted the quality of a good politician is often backed by leadership skills, experiences, intelligence and integrity – all combined to achieve certain goals for the advancement and empowerment of masses.? Therefore, the best quality of a politician is honesty, God fearing, trustworthy and reliable.? I therefore, challenged Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the PDP Chairman in Delta State, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi and other Delta State Stakeholders on the choice of the next Delta State Governor that will make Deltans proud.

The PDP Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, other PDP stakeholders and loyalists that are pushing very hard for Delta State to remain PDP State; please note that it will be materialized if the right thing is done.? That is, picking a good and marketable individual as the PDP Governorship candidate at the primary.? Therefore, the way forward for PDP stakeholders in Delta State and the Nation is to pick a marketable and winning Governorship candidate at the primary.? That should be the major concern, top priority and responsibility of Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the stakeholdersand host of other PDP loyalists that are pushing for Delta State to remain PDP State.? I do sincerely believe that Deltans at home and abroad have found the Governor they truly can trust ? Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa if given the chance.

From my recent travel to Europe and the USA, I observed that majority of Deltans said that it is time to ask men of true competence to take the plunge.? Deltans believe that the best of us (Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa) should lead the rest of us in Delta State.? What an endorsement of quality leadership by Deltans at home and abroad!

Any leader whose impact extends beyond his immediate surroundings is a success.? Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan will triumph in his political career if Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa who is loved by Deltans for his competence, management skills and non-parochial leadership style succeeds him.? However, Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan?s greatest achievement would be finding the best man to succeed him and carry on his blueprint.? Again, that man is not far-fetched; he is Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.

Elder (Dr.) Chukwuma O. Nwaonicha.
Elder (Dr.) Chukwuma O. Nwaonicha.

On the other hand, PDP Chairman in Delta State, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi will go a long way in his political endeavor if PDP maintains its sustainability in leadership in Delta State.? I know for sure that PDP cannot afford to lose Delta State to another political party by picking a wrong and non-marketableGovernorship candidate at the primary. ?Any party member that wanted to contest election must be ready to test his/her popularity, performance and good works as there would be no room for imposition of candidates.

Governor (Dr.) Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan?s should resist the attempt to pick a ?yes-man? and go for competence and ability. ?Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is currently the finest administrators among the candidates indicating interest in Delta State Governorship come 2015, irrespective of their political affiliation. ?Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has the charm, brilliance, competence, compassion, loyalty and patriotism every Governor must have to succeed.? He is accepted as a friend at home and abroad. ?His network of accomplices cut across the strata of Delta State and beyond.

Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is a seasoned politician, a highly placed individual that will promote unity among Delta State ethnic divide. ?Only Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa rightfully stands out among other Aspirants in Delta State.? According to George Orwell (Animal Farm), all animals are equal but some are more equal.? There comes Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.? He is the best among PDP?s first elven, that is; the best among the best. ?The Senator is the cr?me de la cr?me (the very best) among other aspirants or candidates when it comes down to credibility, reliability, professionalism, personality, integrity, management, leadership and empowerment among others. ?He is more detailed, more thorough and more liberal as opposed to other aspirants or candidates. Deltans without a doubt shall benefit from his administration as the Governor of the State.

The Senator is more on ground than any otherAspirantin any party in Delta State.? He is selfless, more compassionate and more reasonable in terms of leadership and management skills.? He is an embodiment of loyalty, hardworking and transparent, who should be emulated by all well-meaning Daltans.

Senator Okowais a seasoned and a grassrootspolitician; he is focused, experienced and has a very good track record.? However, anyone (Aspirant) can try his/her luck but it doesn?t work that way because we are in a Democratic setting and Democracy is being refined by the day in the Nation.? Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion and I know that my personal opinion/instinct has never failed me.? Majority of Deltans at home and abroad agreed with my opinion.

The qualities andattributes that make Senator Ifeanyi ArthurOkowa a good and marketable candidate in Delta State election come 2015 are:

The Senator has a policy of empowering the Poor, Women and Youths.?Those that attended the empowerment program at Asaba will testify, they are living witnesses of what the Senator is up to and what he can do.? I tell you, that empowerment event was just the beginning of the Senator?s leadership priority: to alleviate the pain and suffering of the masses by promoting job creation. ?Now that we are having the peoples? Governor in Delta State, I advise the youths to be diligent, hardworking, discipline and always exhibit the fear of God in order to succeed in life.? There are several opportunities for young people (as indicated by the Senator) who will dare to dream big and work hard towards actualizing their dreams with Godly principles.? There are many youths who are short-changing themselves from their God-given talents and opportunities because they lack foresight, ideas, vision and goals for themselves. The senator is prepared to address these issues retarding youths? progress.

The Senator is God fearing, visionary, creative, has ideas and foresight. Deltans need a visionary leadership that is based on balanced expression of spiritual, mental, emotional, political, social and physical dimension.? It also requires core values, clear vision, empowering relationships and innovative actions. ?He listens to the masses and has an open door policy.

The Senator is humble and ready to work with all Deltans and does not believe in parochial leadership.? Above all, he has the best political structure and network across Delta State.? He is a man of the people, for the people and by the people and this is what Democracy is all about.? These qualities, attributes and other relevant leadership skills surpass that of any other Governorship Candidate in Delta State irrespective of his/her political affiliation.? The three criteria?globally used to measure preference for a leader are competence, integrity and acceptability.? Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa got them all and today the Senator is acceptable to the generality of Deltans. ?

I therefore request that every Deltans; especially PDP members to come out en masse and Register to Vote because this time around your vote will count.? Please communicate this massage to members of your family, friends and communities at home and abroad.

Fellow Deltans, I come to you with a simple request: I need your support for Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to put in place his vision to make Delta State a better place for us to live and a better place for Deltans and Nigerians in general.

In the last several months, I have held various discussions with fellow Deltans both at home and in Diaspora and, as well as progressive-minded Deltans about Senator Ifeanyi Okowa?s readiness to contest for the Delta State Governorship in the coming general election, 2015.? My findings were astonishing as everyone is in the Senator?s support.? A public opinion polls that I conducted point to the Senator?s candidacy as the best in PDP for Delta State.? Fellow Deltans, the Senator is your man and he has the best political structure among other candidates in the State. ?He is the best candidate out there and he will carry all Deltans along.

Between now and the beginning of the primary elections, the Senator shall present his vision for Delta State to Deltans.? He will ask Deltans to hear his views, judge his competence and weigh his success in chosen endeavors.? At the same time, he will continue to seek the advice of Deltans on issues that are of utmost importance to them and I strongly believe he will listen to your views and your needs.

The years I spent in academia and political world have taught me a great deal of lessons on human and material resources management.? Therefore, I see Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as an individual that will create wealth for Deltans by engaging in policies that would create jobs for our graduates, develop our industrial base and more importantly, position ourselves to be competitive in today global market economy.? His candidacy, I strongly believe is about lifting Deltans out of poverty into prosperity. ?He is a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration.

I believe that every citizen no matter their societal status has the God endowed right to demand from their government the creation of those conditions that will support their basic necessities of life.? The basic necessities of life are the things a human being cannot do or live without the lack of which can lead to death.? Some of the basic necessities of life are; food, light, shelter, water, safety and security needs and clothing among others.

Safety and Security needs including personal security, financial security, health and well-being, safety net against accidents/illness.? These are the primary factors that enhance humanity.? Some of these basic necessities of life are not there in Delta State for all Deltans.? This is why Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is stepping in as he is the only candidate among others with the road map to take Delta State to the Promised Land – by placing the economic and social developments of Delta State on a top priority and on a solid footing.? Majority of Deltans, at home and abroad believe that the Senator is the only one among all the candidates that will bring a dramatic change (social and economic developments) to Delta State. As observed, Deltans security (social and economic) is the Senator?s concern and priority.

I make a pledge to you, fellow Deltans that this fine gentleman will serve all Deltans with all his strength, with dignity and humility, and to the best of his ability.? I believe in God for guidance for him to successfully carry out this mission.

I pray that PDP thinks big and wise by nominating Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa as its flag bearer in Delta State for the Governorship election come 2015.? The party stakeholders should learn from experience and not through the hard way. That is, PDP should not repeat what happened in Edo State, the ball is in the court of PDP.? The party should take advantage of it.

From the discussions I had with the Senator, I noticed that the Senator?s social and economic manifestos (intentions, motives or views of Delta State priorities) are in line with Delta State social and economic developments? agenda.? The Senator believes in policy continuity, a strategic development plan.? All these fall within the range of Delta State 3-point agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital Development and Infrastructure Development.? In addition, the Senator has already prepared to encourage and promote the mechanism for smoothening the process of registering concerns by foreign investors through the Delta State One Stop Shop for Investors (DSOSSI).? In Delta State, DSOSSI is an investment facilitation mechanism where relevant government agencies are brought to one location, coordinated and streamlined to provide prompt, efficient and transparent services to investors.? This process, I believe is to reduce frustrations that local and foreign investors undergo.? I commend Delta State Government for this initiative and at the same time I thank the Senator for making this issue confronting Delta State one of his top priorities.? As noted, besides infrastructural development,this issue (frustrating the investors) is one of the factors retarding the Social and Economic Development of the State and the Nation at large.

From every indication, I believe the Senator is planning to develop Delta State economy without Oil and Gas – pushing Delta State forward socially and economically beyond Oil and Gas.? That is, to run Delta State almost 100 per cent non?oil economy by intensifying internally generated revenue and perhaps cutting cost of governance.? It should be noted that Oil and Gas are finite assets and exhaustible resources that cannot be permanently relied on to continually sustain the State?s social and economic developments.

I want to encourage our private investors to put their money into areas that will ensure that our youths are employed. ?As noted, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa?s vision of Delta beyond oil is about employment of our youths, of our women, of our men. ?It is a vision for today, it is a vision for tomorrow and it is a vision for the future.

From our discussions, the Senator believes that local and foreign investment options abound everywhere in Delta State to create employment for the youths: in commercial agriculture (as agriculture businesses should build, support and operate agriculture systems that delivers sustainable intensification sufficient to meet State?s needs, together with environmental protection, restoration, enhancement and improved resource efficiency), manufacturing, culture and tourism,education, healthcare, petrochemical and fertilizer industries, road construction, housing, electricity, information and communication technology (ICT), insurance, banking, raw materials and mining among others.

The lack of sustainable industrial and technology developments in the State is a serious matter that requires stronger commitments in the form of practical approach to priority issues (infrastructural developments) from the Local Governments to the State Government.? As noted, your degree of commitment determines your degree of success!? Therefore, I believe that in all human endeavors, the different between success and failure is time, determination and genuine commitments, and the Senator is committed in perusing these developmental goals.

As we know,the cornerstone for sustainable development in Delta Stateis through a practical approach in infrastructural development through Delta State Public Work Program: developmentin education to create efficient human resources: the greatest resources of any nation, according to Nelson Mandela.,?“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”,development in energy as energy is one of the prime factors for industrial and technology developments;especially manufacturing, development in transportation; especially the railway system to easy the transportation of raw materials and products, developmentof our roads as our roads are dead traps, waterways, housing, development in health as our healthcare system is in shambles, developmentin information technology – one of the fastest growing technology in the world, it?s poorly operated due to network problems, developmentin potable water supply as the masses are suffering from diarrhea related diseases due to bad water (potable water or drinking water is water safe enough to be consumed by humans or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm, potable water or drinking water is not there in Delta State for all Dealtans), development in agriculture as our food is about 80% carbohydrate, which could lead to diabetic related diseases (there is need to diversify our food production and work towards mechanized farming), promotion of effective Research and Development (R&D) and effective use of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) among others.? As stated earlier, the Senator is aware that all these activities will promote economicdevelopment, job creation and safe society. ?I strongly believe the Senator is going for knowledge economy through sustainable development of our infrastructure as it?s the economy that is going to create the jobs.? Therefore, the benefits of a close relationship with Delta State cannot be overemphasized.? Please support Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to realize this lofty goal and join us in this journey with all your supports.

Finally, my generation of leaders must rise and rebuild the future of Delta State, and we must do it on a new plan that involves patriotic Deltans.? When we are principled, our policies and goals must not fail.? The Senator is a man of principle.? According to John Quincy Adams, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”? Salvaging Delta State is a task that must be done.? Therefore, fellow Deltans; give the Senator your strong mandate, you?re on the right path and he will deliver the goods to you.

I can see a bright light at the end of the tunnel for Deltans if the Senator is given the chance.? I wish the Senator well in his political endeavor.

Thank you, and God Bless Delta State.

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