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“We Cannot Afford Another Inglorious Imposition In Cross River State.”
Senator Onor whom Donald Duke is now wanting us to embrace, is though a product of uncommon benevolence in a magnitude unbelievable on the level his helpers the few instances, go all out to extend such an unreserved commitment to have him lifted unduly, blatantly refuses to reflect the same as one who was to show gratitude to God in meekness and sobriety from when he was made Senator, has suddenly turn out to be something else the moment he became the Governorship candidate of his party the PDP, where he expresses excessive arrogance, sensual loss, and greed. He is therefore not fit to be entrusted with our Commonwealth as a Governor. We have seen the worst and have reaped enough.
Beyond that rhetoric and avalanche of grandiosity, you find a man who has arrogated too much to himself without any atom of reflection of his once underprivileged background and circumstances of birth which naturally would’ve informed his display of humility as proof of the Lord’s overwhelming influence in his life by replicating what he has been done to by those whom the Lord has used miraculously to bring him thus far politically, especially his sudden rise to the position of a Senator just like that.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who is said to be generously sponsoring his candidate, Onor, with no looking back, is no doubt himself a good man who appreciates intelligent people and would expect to hear the same attitude of those he has opted to help being replicated to expand the coast of goodness and empathy for which his candidates grossly is dearths. Wike, with whom we all agree, identifies and assists those of them who come to him for help in an exemplary fashion known to support good courses and appreciates deeply what friendship is, has the right to who he chooses as a friend, but this particular character for whatever it is worth, and for this purpose, we strongly abhor.
– Obi Ojage
A professor in my understanding, simply means you’re an intellectual. It is neither a criterion to become the Governor of a state nor does it enhance your chances of being one. There are more profound requirements involved, majority of which depend on your human relationship, particularly that which has to do with integrity and compassion.
A professor is barely a University teacher who is said to be an authority in his area of study as attested by a University senate, especially if he or she is a teacher or lecturer, who is in high demand in the University community, period.
Such a person, notwithstanding, could only be accepted in any other clime to ascend to the position of leadership outside the University only when he has exhibited the required character, especially in politics, to attract the needed endorsement by the stakeholders of his party where his aspiration will be translated through an internal selection process into being the party’s candidate. And his candidacy will further be sold through various campaign strategies to gain the support of the entire people of the state or wherever it is, as credible material to lead them.
In all of these, his human character is put into question by the observing eyes of those of us in the media as practitioners entrusted with the unthankable responsibility to mold the thinking of society with what we observed to guide them from electing the wrong person. That is where I try to exert my judgment.
Professor Sandy Ojang Onor who was recently upgraded to the position of a professor of History at the University of Calabar, while still in partisan politics, suddenly became a first-time Senator from the state through an irregular method applied by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), at the expense of others well-qualified and politically positioned to cling the ticket, born out of an uncommon influence and financial help he received massively from a sitting Governor of another state who was an influential national leader of his party, who happens to admire him as a friend and insisted having him in the Senate under their party, at cost solely bored by him, did not fit well in that milieu.
Sandy, however, who was without any prior experience in legislative work other than his being elected chairman of his Local Government of Etung, in the Central Senatorial District of the state, which was newly created at the time, was later appointed by Donald Duke as Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, a brief stint as commissioner of the environment in Imoke’s administration, is inarguably an intelligent person who is known for his oratory skills and nothing more.
Beyond that rhetoric and avalanche of grandiosity, you find a man who has arrogated too much to himself without any atom of reflection of his once underprivileged background and circumstances of birth which naturally would’ve informed his display of humility as proof of the Lord’s overwhelming influence in his life by replicating what he has been done to by those whom the Lord has used miraculously to bring him thus far politically, especially his sudden rise to the position of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, just like that.
Now, he inordinately wants to be a Governor simply because the system allows for inducements in an atmosphere where every political venture, however tumultuous is made easier where there is enough money to back it up by inducing the electorate, right from the primary selection to the actual election such are possible no minding the ripple effect it would have in a situation where, in his case, there are deficits, especially in the area of his character.
He hasn’t got the character required to be Governor of a state as inflammatory, turned upside down, needing surgical readjustment of capital projects to suit needs, and a whole lot of demands from a deprived Cross River man, women, youths, and children, especially now.
Nobody would have easily or successfully challenged his return to the Nigerian Senator in the manner he was going about his activities in Abuja on the floor of the Senate and what was expected of him as a Senator where he showed chances of becoming one of the house leaders, given his oratory display, being criteria highly needed in the Halloween chambers of the Senate, but certainly not as a Governor of a state as complex as ours.
The former Governor of the state, Mr. Donald Duke, who has said many things recently concerning the present deplorable nature of the state in his assessment published by various media outfits, who is now acting as the chairman of the state Campaign Council towards the election of Sandy Onor as Governor, knows for sure that his emergence as Governor of the state twenty-four years ago did not come as an imposition of the sort, a subject of metamorphosis or one forced into people’s throats, as Sandy’s, whether or not the people would accept it.
His was rather a symbol of a new order necessitated by the need to change from the traditional politicians who had little to offer the people but wouldn’t relinquish power not until they were forced to leave.
And it was for this reason that attracted like minds such as my humble self amongst many others to the venture who became willing to join hands to effect the needed change which resulted in our winning the election with a large margin which made Mr. Duke to became Governor of the state.
Many could not have tolerated the human deficiencies and arrogance in Duke’s time as expressed today by the one he is now struggling to market purely on the bases of partisanship and not humility or experience as claimed. Because if it were to be on credibility and experience there is still one in their party to have been chosen in the person of Barrister Efiok Cobham the former deputy to Governor Liyel Imoke.
Senator Onor whom he is now wanting us to embrace, is though a product of uncommon benevolence in a magnitude unbelievable on the level his helpers the few instances, goes all out to extend such an unreserved commitment to have him lifted unduly, blatantly refuses to reflect the same as one who was to show gratitude to God in meekness and sobriety from when he was made senator, has suddenly turn out to be something else the moment he became the Governorship candidate of his party the PDP, where he expresses excessive arrogance, sensual loss, and greed. He is therefore not fit to be entrusted with our Commonwealth as a Governor. We have seen the worst and have reaped enough.
Therefore, we can not tolerate the metamorphosis and effrontery of Sandy Onor’s imposition as Governor of our dear state. He lacks the required character and capacity to govern the state where there are better-qualified candidates indeed, in the ruling party.
Cross river requires a candidate for governor from one who has evolved and has the feel of such attainment expressed in generosity and obsequiousness without any sign of disgust, and not a tyrant in the making which Senator Onor is evident at becoming if, by any means, he is elected Governor.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who is said to be generously sponsoring his candidate, Onor, with no looking back, is no doubt himself a good man who appreciates intelligent people and would expect to hear the same attitude of those he has opted to help being replicated to expand the coast of goodness and empathy for which his candidates grossly is dearths.
Wike, with whom we all agree, identifies and assists those of them who come to him for help in an exemplary fashion known to support good courses and appreciates deeply what friendship is, has the right to who he chooses as a friend, but this particular character for whatever it is worth, and for this purpose, we strongly abhor.
I cannot at this juncture be said to malign or criticize my friend and junior brother, Onor, except for the good of our people, as everyone can attest to the fact that I have been the only person beyond party affiliation who appreciates the quality he possesses openly and had not hidden that at all as the pride of Ejagham. And to which I have made several commentaries on the rear qualities exhibited in expressing themselves by those we have at the senate from the state which Onor distinguishes himself appropriately.
I have done several articles to boast his chances over his opponents during their party primaries in the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) against the position of many of our party members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) who saw my interest in him as double standing and that resulted in a lot of issues that led to me withdrawing my further involvement with our candidate, Prince Bassey Otu when some nonentities took advantage of that incident to insult my person without any reaction from Prince, an indication of consent, where he refused to accord me the benefit of who I am, my integrity and avowed commitment to the project towards his acceptance right from the time of speculation to when he became the party’s candidate through a primary election which was a mere formality.
I couldn’t have been playing double standing with the candidate of the PDP when I am notably one of those who started the PDP in the state and had been under tremendous pressure to move back to it. Why would I play anti-party when I could move there at will? But I refused because of certain idiosyncratic displays.
I can stay anywhere to support any candidate of my choice. I am not a government appointee to be so restrained nor have I been given any government patronage to enhance my strength of being a compelling member of the ruling party, to force me to support anybody other than those I am convinced have the capacity and competence to serve wherever it is they’re qualified.
Honestly speaking I did not want to get myself mingled any further with the political activity of my party after the effort made towards the acceptance of my candidate Prince Bassey Otu by the party, the shock I received from those who were either sitting on the fence while I fight, many of who had their preferred aspirants or those serving as personal assistance from the list summited to the governor for such appointment by Otu, only to turn around after his emergence as a candidate to accused me of impersonating an office which was purely a personification of my activities, no real office existed to attract remuneration for contention. Prince had sort for my involvement in the project deservedly as a friend on a term accepted by me.
When Onor, reading on social media that I have withdrawn my services on the bases of that insult, from acting as one promoting Prince Otu’s image and publicist who is now under attack by his resurrected kinsmen who claim to be later-day great writers and attack dogs hankering to be media aids and had taken to question my relationship with the candidate, Sandy called and reminded me of what he had warned me would happen with my association with “those people” And where I tried to assure him that nothing has happened until I hear from the candidate himself, he quickly retorted by exclaiming that, all that is amounting to nothing!
He further said with emphasis and with a tune and phrase, he hardly had used that on me before, whom he calls bros, “that at my age I could allow myself to be used by Otu”, with all he sees me write with passion in projecting and defending him…
He never allowed me to say anything in response, he further warned that if it were him I would call and be reminding him of the car he had promised me during a visit to my house sometime in June, this year. And that I should know that as it stands, he is in a different party from mine. And never did he allow me to say anything further to that effect when he had to put off the call suddenly. I never could believe that coming from him, however.
From there I knew right away that the spirit of the late Hitler of great Germany has entered into my Brother-Man. And that we may be having a tyranny in the making and except we do something of eminence acceleration to insist on the right person, we sure have a monster as governor, if perchance the People’s Democratic Party with Sandy Onor as Governor, wins, then we’ll have a sad story to tell thenceforth.
I am in a good position to talk about Sandy Onor extensively who has been my longstanding friend and the junior brother of the Ejagham stock, whom I have had an influence on in the prime of his ascendancy in and out. When I speak, I do so with authority, not to malign him as such but to state the issues as it is, and to imbue correction towards a righteous living, I so wish for my friends.
No one ever ascends to such a high position of leadership of a people, however, tactics are employed, without the ordination from the Almighty.
The conversation will continue next week, the Lord on our side.
End Time Message!
GOD WITH US……