By Martin Egharhevwa
A dangerous game in power politics is raging in Delta State. A lethal game plan called AGENDA. Today politicians seeking fortune at all costs have inundated our psyche with OSU agenda (Okpe, Sapele, Uvwie Federal Constituency), Okpe agenda, etc. The Delta State PDP gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 gubernatorial election seems to have been entrapped in a particular obsession – desire for governorship position with ethnic-sectionalism. When politicians hold sectionalism as the only ladder to power, democracy is in trouble!
One candidate who has clearly shunned the temptation is Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, CFR. A detached study of his manifesto, speeches, consultations and body language easily unveils a man with a carriage that looms larger than the toga of ethnic, religious and sectional garb.
Senator Omo-Agege does not see Delta from the blinkers of ethnicity, clans, and religion, unlike most of his contenders in the governorship race. Whether in words or deeds, enlightened public opinion can uphold that he has a pan -Delta agenda in his quest to govern. This perception is unassailable for good reasons.
Though Urhobo by origin, Senator Omo-Agege does not have the all too familiar tribal marks of nepotism, sectionalism and self centered clannishness, common with the typical Nigerian politician. He is averse to egocentric mindset. He is not persuaded by a narrow world view. His contacts and company transcends tribal, religious and political boundaries. He is overly cosmopolitan.
Senator Omo-Agege symbolizes the soul of Delta, its destiny and essence. He embodies the cultured pacifist spirit of the Anioma, dignified comportment of the Itsekiri, vivacious robust tendency of the Urhobo, spartan courageous latitude of the Ijaw and easy going accommodating posture of the Isoko.
This admirable personae is rooted in his pedigree. After graduating with excellent grades in law at Nigeria’s most sought after university, UNIBEN in 1985, he went higher in 2002 to obtain an LLM (masters of law) degree in Tulane university, United States of America, rated among the top 20 universities in the world. A distinguished academic orientation that prepared him for a dignified future.
It is no surprise that he took a phenomenal flight from this tutelage into the political hierarchy of Delta state, serving as Executive Assistant and then civil commissioner under the Ibori Administration in 2005. He would fulfill a waiting destiny about a year later when he rose to become secretary to the state government, the youngest ever, setting a trail blazing direction, through service of purpose and vision.
Not over yet, he demonstrated an extraordinary acumen in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and in 2015 and again in 2019, he was elected as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent the good people of Delta Central senatorial district at the Nigerian Senate.
Currently, he is the Deputy President of the Senate. In terms of experience in governance, Omo-Agege easily takes the piece of cake. He has the matchless competence, commitment and character to lead the people of Delta.
Senator Omo-Agege has in his populist agenda, envisioned and articulated a brilliant road map for the development of Delta North and indeed Central and South senatorial districts. He has made a solemn pledge to “BUILD A NEW DELTA” with acronym “EDGE” (Employment & Empowerment, Development, Good Governance, Enduring Peace & Security).
Senator Omo-Agege is poised to provide people-centered security as well as basic social infrastructure and pursue a coordinated agrarian and industrialization programmes across the three senatorial districts for the good of all.
M.A. Egharhevwa, Esq. is a Nigerian and British Attorney.