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Why Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru Should Be Nominated Delta APC Gubernatorial Candidate

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The hue and cry over Chief Ogboru’s right to contest for the office of the Governor of Delta State is misconceived, inflammatory and disturbing. There have been inappropriate, misleading and mischievous references to the All Progressives Congress (APC) reference for a zoning system in this unfortunate debate. There is nothing even remotely truthful or constitutional in this debate. If “The People’s General as he is widely known critics are fairly represented by the likes of Chief Emerhor’ and his cohorts then the case for electing Chief Ogboru to the office of Governor have been reinforced.

Chief Ogboru’s right to contest for political office – any political office including the office of Governor is constitutionally guaranteed. His prima facie qualifications under sections 177 and 182 of the Nigerian constitution 1999 as amended are not in question; nor is there a credible dispute as to the credentials of this particular candidate. Given these predicates, a non-issue has been fabricated. By the use of smoke and mirrors, persistent Innuendos and intellectual sleight of hand, the objective is to tarnish the reputation of a good man and deny Deltans the right to choose who will lead them in this trying period.

To begin with, the available evidence overwhelmingly indicates that the General’s bid for the APC’s Gubernatorial nomination more seriously, for a run would be good for the party and good for the state and country. Why? Because Ogboru is a man of conviction, has a record on which he can be judged, and whatever the result, there could be no ambiguity about the will of the people. The best way to settle arguments is by having what we used to call full and frank exchanges about the issues, and then voting.

Furthermore, it is undisputed even by his critics that the People’s General has led by his exemplary service and has articulated strong values and principles that matters most to Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general. He has no ties to the corrupt political class. He has the broadest base of supporters, has not accepted ‘political money’ and is the least compromised by big money and special interests. The General is honest with the people: After almost 19 years of being lied to by past and present administrations and other politicians of Delta extraction, we deserve a governor who not only tells the truth, but also has a reputation for lifelong honesty, as does Chief Great Ogboru. We deserve an honest governor. The General inspires people of all ages to action. And while inspiration alone isn’t enough to get the job done, it’s a necessary ingredient to begin the hard work. After 19 years of mass corruption, incompetency, mediocrity and suffering of the masses under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Ogboru’s appeal to Deltans to rise up and take back our state is resonating among its citizens. His unwillingness to cross the line into the dark side of politics has touched a fundamental place in the hearts of many who are eager to believe that the political process is not entirely a cynical joke.

I echo the sentiments of President Barack Obama in town square Springfield, Illinois while declaring his run for the Presidency of the United States of America that, “what’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics — the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle the big problems …”

Felix Ayanruoh

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