LOOKING FORWARD TO 2024 IN
EDO STATE AS ESAN MAN….. BY IKHILI EBALU
The year 2024 for Esan to be Governor in Edo State is not negotiable, because it is our turn. 2024 is the turn of Esan people. It is our turn to produce the next governor of Edo State. Who the next governor of Edo State would be is in God’s hands but it is the turn of Esan man. We need to negotiate with our brothers, the Benins and the Afemais.
There is a need for us to congregate, to articulate the way forward for Esan nation so that we can regain our lost glory.
Esan people must come together as one to take collective decision, position and march forward to get the Esan Agenda 2024 to work. We have over the years not produced a governor. The short period of Professor Osunbor was declared by the court as null and void meaning that the Esan man was never in government house. We have another opportunity to run for it in 2024 and I believe that the entire state will for once come together to join the Esan people to produce the governor in 2024.
Let us see how we, as Esan people, can come together and move ahead. He who needs equity must do equity. It is a maxim in law. I strongly believe that the Esan people have done equity and they deserve equity. So for us, 2024 is sacrosanct and that’s why we should try to gather all our brothers and sisters, tell them the need to support an Esan person as governor come 2024.
But there is need for us to come together as a people. We need each other. Unless we develop the least among us, the best of us cannot survive. It is against this backdrop we say that no way other communities, other tribes in Nigeria are congregating, talking about the way forward in Edo State.
Esan people must come together as one to take collective decision, position and march forward to get the Esan Agenda 2024 to work.
There is need for us as Esan people, to drop the idea of saying, it is the turn of Agbazilo , not the turn of Okpebholo . Wherever God decides that a governor will come from in Esanland should be accepted by all.
Esan is Esan no difference, we are one.
Let not use this to divide ourselves, because if we do ,other tribes will capitalise on it and take what belongs to us as Esan people.
We are pleading with our fathers and brothers not to forget this because we are beautiful at heart, beautiful as a people, have good cultural heritage. With this we beg that every Esan man and woman should join hands together and make this agenda workout. It is like in the Bible in the book of 1st Chronicle chapter 24. It talked about the children of Itamhar. They were few in number but powerful. We, the Esan, should not look at numbers we should look at God on our side. By the grace of God we have come and we’ll achieve Esan Agenda 2024.
We should start to mobilise our people. We should discuss with all the senatorial districts. I believe that after the end of this tenure of governor Obaseki Esan nation must be represented at the government house. We are not just demanding for it because it is our turn, we are convinced that we have men who have the capacity, ability, intellect to develop Edo State.
You will recall that in the old Bendel State we produced Professor Ambrose Alli, one of the best governors that ever governed in the history of the state. For people now reducing us in terms of numbers that we don’t have numbers is an issue that some of us are bothered about. If we can do it in the old Bendel State ,now in Edo State I think it ought to be very easy for us.
There is no tsunami that has happened to Esan nation that has reduced our number. We are doing well in terms of numbers. In terms of ability; in terms of capability we are doing well. Great men of vision are from Esan nation. We are not just demanding for it we are saying that we have men who have what it takes to take Edo to the next level and that’s our demand. All necessary arsenal should be deployed. Strictly, it should be highly guided, high level of intellectual sagacity.
We should do it peacefully, begging our brothers and sisters across the state. On ESAN AGENDA 2024 we stand.