“Leadership is something you earn, something you are chosen for. You can’t come in yelling; I am your leader. If it happens, it is because the other guys respect you”………, Ben Roethlisberger.
I would like to start this piece by asking, “Is the current brouhaha in Delta APC really about the leadership of the party in the state? If the answer is in the affirmative, then we need to ask ourselves the question, ” Who is a leader? “.
To a lot of people, a leader is that man or woman who occupies a position of authority. As far as I am concerned, that is the weakest definition of who a leader is. In the real sense of the word, a leader is that man or woman who takes steps to make situations better than he or she met them.
Party members and leadership were disenchanted because they were convinced that we had the opportunity of winning the elections into different offices but we blew it by focusing on trivial issues instead of focusing on getting men and women who had the ability to win elections for the party.
Our party members were thereafter like sheep without a shepherd and we were like a ship without a rudder.
Some of us actually thought the end was very close for the party in the state, but to our greatest surprise, The Deputy Senate President, Most Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege started taking steps to recalibrate and invigorate the party.
He appointed party members across the three senatorial districts of Delta State as legislative aides.
He sponsored numerous bills that benefitted his senatorial district in particular and Nigeria at large. In December 2020, he successfully moved for the restoration of the suppressed Abraka State Constituency.
Furthermore, he recently repeated same feat with the successful restoration of the suppressed Ethiope West State Constituency 1 (Jesse-Mosogar).
It is heartwarming to see that APC in Delta State that was once in a state of despair is now the chosen bride as political heavy weights are now defecting from other political parties to the APC largely because of the actions that the DPS has taken so far to reposition the party in the state.
So, if uncommon results are the yardstick for determining the leadership of APC in Delta State, then Most Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is certainly the leader of APC in Delta State and that should not be our bone of contention in Delta APC at all, rather our focus should be on how to strengthen our party even more and identify men and women who have the capacity to win elections for the party.
By the way, are we not shooting ourselves on the foot by announcing to the world that we don’t have a leader in our party in the State?
Shouldn’t getting more members into our party be our priority for now?
The Minister of State, labour and productivity, Chief (Barr.) Festus Keyamo is my younger brother as we are from the same local government area, but if the statement that was credited to him is true, then I would like to tell him that he could have done better because that statement is tantamount to saying that, ” There is no APC leader in Uvwie that he is from”. I am very sure that such a statement won’t go down well with him.
As party members, we may have disagreements among ourselves, but we should always apply constructive means of resolving our differences in the interest of our party.
I am Dr (Mrs) Veronica Ogbuagu.