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Iwemdi Nwaham’s dissection of PDP, Okowa’s leadership performance

By Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi

It was Gordon S. Black of The University of Rochester, who in his theory of political ambition; Career choices and role of structural incentives’’ posited that; as a politician rises to new positions of power and prominence, his motives for seeking political advancement becomes subjected to intense public scrutiny. In most cases, politicians try to promote the fiction that their motives are unsoiled by private ambitions, that all they wish is to serve the public and to pursue the ‘public good’.

Likewise, Iwemdi Nwaham, the former Delta State APC Factional Publicity Secretary, who recently led a crowd of APC members/faithfuls to join the Peoples Democratic Party in his ward in Umunede in Ika North East Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State, while In a media interview with Ika Weekly Newspaper, based in Delta state, subjected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Okowa’s led administration to an objective scrutiny.

Aside re-echoing what has been in the minds of deltans, Iwendi in that referenced interview used factually backed arguments to establish how the superlative performance of Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa has not only turned PDP to a party that is likely not to be dislodged by APC in the state but characterizes Governor Okowa as the most suitable Vice Presidential Material that the nation currently needs.

To copiously quote him, he said in parts; I think I’ll say he has been a wonderful politician. He has recorded successes far beyond my own and many other people’s wildest imagination. To know that somebody from a place where I also hail from will navigate the rough and tumble world of politics to be virtually everything you can think of, the chairman of a local government, senator, secretary to state government, governor of a party and vice presidential candidate of a major party that has every likelihood of winning and he becomes the vice president of the country.

Okowa has done so much for Delta. Like I said, all the other governors put together have not done as much as Okowa has done. And this is for real. I’m not being partisan about it. And so, APC is in serious turmoil in the state. How can they muster anything to get people to come and vote APC? It will not happen. Mark my words. It would never happen.

In fact, I have always told people, even when I was in APC, that this man uses his brain because we just came out of eight years of Uduaghan’s regime, and when Okowa was barely two years on the saddle, I began to ask myself what Uduaghan did with all our money because we kept seeing one thing after the other.

So, my assessment of Governor Okowa’s seven years is that all the governor’s put together, that have ruled the state; in terms of developmental stride, in terms of initiative, looking at his empowerment initiative of the youths across the local government areas of the state, in terms of infrastructural development. Do you know that the Asaba Township Stadium was once far worse than the Ozoro University Stadium, but look at the Asaba Township Stadium today. So, the man just did spectacularly well.

Continuing, he added; Well, I’m not really surprised because he is not an Owambe politician, he is not an Owambe governor, he is not a feel-alright person who would like to cruise around with little girls here and there. This man does a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, a lot of planning and then he puts together a team; he now actualizes what he wants. He drives it. He has done very well. I am not just saying it because I am here now; I have always said it even while I was in APC.

I have always told people, even when I was in APC, that this man uses his brain because we just came out of eight years of Uduaghan’s regime, and when Okowa was barely two years on the saddle, I began to ask myself what Uduaghan did with all our money. Because we kept seeing one thing after the other.

So, my assessment of Governor Okowa’s seven years is that all the governor’s put together, that have ruled the state; in terms of developmental stride, in terms of initiative, looking at his empowerment initiative of the youths across the local government areas of the state, in terms of infrastructural development. Did you know that the Asaba Township Stadium was once far worse than the Ozoro University Stadium, but look at the Asaba Township Stadium today. So, the man just did spectacularly well.

Iwemdi said something else that is very interesting, Well, I’m not really surprised because he is not an Owambe politician, he is not an Owambe governor, he is not a feel-alright person who would like to cruise around with little girls here and there. This man does a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, a lot of planning and then he puts together a team, he now actualizes what he wants. He drives it. He has done very well. I am not just saying it because I am here now; I have always said it even while I was in APC.

On the controversy that trailed the choice of Governor Okowa as the Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, he captures it this way; Let me admit that I am aware that there is so much heat over the emergence of Okowa in the aftermath. But people are failing to realize something. Even Governor Ortom who said they were put into a committee to pick the vice presidential candidate, knows that this is not an exam where the man who comes first is declared the winner. This is a political appointment. It’s like the choice of a vice chancellor. The Senate of the school is told to send three names to the visitor of the school who is the president of the country. You know. They send names in an order -1,2,3 and the man picks who he wants to be vice chancellor. This is not where you say this number of people decides.

There are other criteria that will go into choosing who a vice president is, and one of such criteria is not to have a rancor between the number one man and the number two man. You’ll want to have a harmonious relationship with your deputy. Imagine if Buhari and Osinbajo are feuding openly now. The art of governance is going to suffer. So, from what we have seen and what we know, Wike has shown his true person. It is not hidden, and his true person has a lot of politics but he also has a lot of negatives. He is a fighter, he is a boisterous man, he is not afraid to confront; he takes anybody and takes him to the cleaners. Yes, those attributes are good because when he is in the shortlist of those who would be a half feet away from the presidency, you know other things will come into place. Point number 2 here is that the constitution says that the presidential candidate will present a vice president.

So, if he says help me pick, at the end of the day it is him that is going to present him. The consequence of that decision falls on him. I don’t know why people are making a human cry over this. They should put themselves in Atiku’s position and with all they know, even ortom himself. If he is the one there and he is told to pick, is he going to say that because a committee met and they scaled the people and he is bound to go with the first choice. They should please conceit the right of Atiku to pick the vice president even after setting up the committee. Ortom’s grievance is that if you did not want to work with our decision, why set it up. But it seems you dnt still understand how this thing plays out. He is not supposed to have said the kind of things he said. Having said it, let the party deal with the situation. Try to appeal everybody, go to them, talk to them, bring them back into the fold. I don’t know whether this answers my question.

At this point, we begin to broaden the horizon now because of course there are obedient people coming too but the prospect of PDP is what we are looking at and I tell you that the prospect is very very bright, unless there is a rig that we do not understand, unless Buhari chooses not to play the Goodluck Jonathan’s good boy. The election will definitely go against APC.

Look at the level of insecurity, look at the level of poverty, and look at the level of bitterness and anger, kidnapping, killings, rape, churches invaded. Even in Katsina, the president’s country. He cannot just come out freely. He is going to be stoned. People are angry and people now want a change. And they want to express that change. Like I said, two major political parties describe the world of politics. So, the next choice is the PDP. Then two, Atiku has emerged and people are saying no. Eight years of rule by a Fulani man cannot be succeeded by another Fulani man. Look at the process the whole thing went through. None of them. Nobody is saying they were rigged at any point. They themselves, PDP people decided to throw the race open. The race was thrown open. Voting were done. Transparency counted. The prospect of PDP is quite high. I know there are other threats coming but the prospect of PDP is quite high

My only message for him is just to keep carrying on like he is doing. He is a humble person. He doesn’t get offended by his speech. He is a human being, he can feel aggrieved and want to get back at one or two persons but overall, he has scored 80% and above in terms of how he has handled affairs. No major scandal. If you look at him, you can think this one runs his mouth, but no. He goes through the normal process and gets it done. He has done so well. Let him just stay calm, stay focused and continue to pray for God’s intervention. Fortunately, his wife is a wonderful religious person. He concluded.

…Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He can be reached via [email protected]

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