THE IMPERATIVE OF A POLITICAL SYNERGY OF PRINCE JOE OKOJIE AND DR. MIKE ONOLEMEMEN AS A BOOSTER TO THE DYNAMICS OF UROMI/ ESAN POLITICS.
By Christian Ojeremen
If there is anything to go by in the social activities of man, it is the adage in Esan that “when one hand washes the other hand, they both becomes clean”. It is upon this saying I so submit the above catchphrase upon which this discuss is mostly going to dwell .
Just like yesterday, six years is already gone. Hon Sergius Ogun and Senator Clifford Odia have spent 6 years each in the national assembly through a landmark victory on the “AGENDA OF EBAKOTA”. And today, I must attest to the fact that so far, we have had a robust representation from both honourable men respectively.
Whereas at some point in life, we take certain decisions owing to the circumstances of the time, nevertheless, it is also good that from time to time, we review those decisions when necessary to reflect the prevailing circumstances of the moment.
I am not at variance with the concept of EBAKOTA. But I am in disagreement with the clause that limits our representatives to two terms only. Juicy positions that can influence meanifull developmental projects are occupied by long term members of the national assembly.
And upon this premise, I would like to suggest that as Senator Clifford Odia, Hon Edionwele and Hon Sergius Ogun ends their tenure in 2023, we should have a rethink of this old order to allow our incoming national assembly representatives more time longer than two terms at both houses.
Senator Odia, Hon Ogun and Edionwele are ending this old order. An attempt by any of them to start scheming for a third term, and a possible endorsement is given by the party leadership, it will not only amount to unfair treatment to Hon Friday Itulah and Senator Elder Ugbesia whose third term ambitions were sacrificed on the altar of EBAKOTA, but will breed tension and acrimony in the party and the scheme of things.
Let us get it clearly that the key positions of the governor, if eventually perfected for Edo central, the senate and the house of representatives, are not the birthright of the old PDP or the current representatives at the red and green chambers of the national assembly.
If we fail to apply the rule of natural justice, or try to oliver twist the arrangement, the entire house will naturally collapse.
Even as I write, I am not aware of Mike or Joe’s interest or ambition. If they have any at all, those interests must be expressly respected and given. They have paid their dues!
We are all living witness to what Mike Onolememen did in Uromi as works minister. The contributions of Joe Okojie and his erudite opposition leadership in Esanland against the almighty Chief Tony Anenih of the PDP, and how effective that leadership became, against the backdrop of one party affiliation which eventually translated into a more healthy political engagements, infrastructural and political development in Uromi and Esanland at large.
Again, let us note that 2023/2024 are far and near. And like folks will always say, 24 hours is a long time in politics. But even when it seems to be far away, to me, 23/24 are like objects in the mirror… They are nearer than they seems to appear.
So, we must begin to act now and faster in trying to put our house in order. Unholy polical arrangements must be avoided. The process must be devoid of bones in another man’s throat to yielding to selfish interest or pressure. That may obstruct a peaceful process to a better tomorrow. We must, when we have to, by pulling the log and showing it to the eyes in this whole process… I mean, we must be transparent and fair enough in the game. Today is pregnant, but we do not know what tomorrow will deliver. Let’s run the race fairly.