Saturday 25th March, 2017
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An open letter to Chief Osita Chidoka, my Brother

An open letter to Chief Osita Chidoka, my Brother

Dear Osita, my mis­sive to you via newspapers will come to you as a great sur­prise as the art of letter-writ­ing is dying rapidly in Ni­geria owing to advances in modes of communication. But, how are you? I know that you’re hale and hearty since you’ve been attend­ing ceremonies and grant­ing interviews to journalists. And I read the news about your declaration of interest and intention to contest the forthcoming 2017 Anambra governorship election in na­tional newspapers.
Chief Osita Chidoka, I have been keenly and re­ligiously following your activities since you came into national limelight at a relatively young age be­cause you hail from the same town as I. More so, your phenomenal and me­teoric rise to greatness has piqued my interest. In fact, you have done very well for yourself and contribut­ed your own quota towards national development. Lit­tle wonder, the members of the Obosi traditional ruling cabinet and the monarch of Obosi town bestowed the ti­tle, Ike Obosi, (strength of Obosi) on you. Truly, you’re the strength or power of Obosi, being an illustrious son of the town and a dis­tinguished public adminis­trator. And, not a few Obosi people, who are high-fliers in their careers, owe their successes to your bene­faction, philanthropy, and pragmatic pieces of advice.
Your philanthropy, suc­cesses in your undertak­ings and careers, humili­ty, brilliance, wisdom, and fame are the reasons why you are initiated and in­cluded in the Obosi tradi­tional ruling cabinet as a ti­tled man. This has added to the tapestry of your life story. Your riveting life sto­ry brings to mind this axio­matic Shakespearean quote: “Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and oth­ers have greatness thrust upon them.” In your own case, your greatness is trace­able to fate, your industry, and education.
You had qualitative, first rate education and good family upbringing, which shaped your personality and prepared you adequate­ly for the challenges related to the high offices you held in previous civilian govern­ments in Nigeria. Your fa­ther, the octogenarian Og­bueshi Chidoka, a martinet for good behavior, who re­cites Psalms offhandedly, in­culcated the virtues of hon­esty, punctuality, obedience, love of reading books, and sedulousness into his chil­dren. And, Osita Chidoka, a chip off the old block, is a bibliophile, who is with the awareness that one’s acquisi­tion of qualitative education as well as possession of cer­tificates is an open sesame for one’s landing of a plum job or exalted political post.
So, when an opportuni­ty to serve Nigeria at a high level came your way, you grabbed it as you’re men­tally , intellectually , and behaviorally equipped. Your path crossed with that of the Late Ojo Maduek­we, and the course of your life changed, dramatically. You were set on the trajec­tory of fame. And you be­came the protégé of Dr. Ojo Madukwe, the cerebral Ni­geria’s former Minister of transport.
After working as Dr. Ojo Madukwe’s personal assis­tant, you became the corps Marshal of Nigeria. Your headship of the FRSC wit­nessed the digitalization of the processes for acquiring driver’s license. And you executed such measures as compelling commercial motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear pro­tective helmets. And you organized lectures, sem­inars, and conferences na­tion-wide on road safety measures. The implemen­tation of those measures by FRSC drastically reduced the high rate of the occur­rence of vehicular accidents on our roads. And you got a preferment after serving as FRSC boss.
Sadly, your stay in office as the Aviation Minister was short-lived as the PDP to which you belong was swept out of office. And you have borne that electoral loss with Christian stoicness, equanimity of mind, and to­tal resignation to God’s will. And while many PDP polit­ical big guns, who are with­out political fealty and ide­ologies, have defected to the ruling APC, you’ve stuck to your guns and stayed put in the PDP. That is a demonstration and meas­ure of your political loyal­ty and trustworthiness. It is a proof that, as a politician, you are not swayed by self­ish and pecuniary consider­ations. Rather, you are moti­vated and actuated by lofty ideals, the people’s existen­tial needs, and altruistic im­pulses.
Recently, you public­ly declared your interest and intention to contest the next Anambra gover­norship election in order to serve the people. No law circumscribes and forbids you from contesting for the post of Anambra state gov­ernor. It is within the am­bit and orbit of your funda­mental human and electoral rights. And you are a polit­ical big cheese with a cult following whose words and pieces of advice carry weight with decision-mak­ers at different levels of gov­ernment in Nigeria. Didn’t you serve Nigeria merito­riously and selflessly in the past in exalted capacities as the FRSC boss and the Min­ister of Aviation?
Again, your public record as a political leader as well as a public administrator is not tainted by vile allega­tion of graft hanging omi­nously and threateningly over your head. While the courts across Nigeria have become the haunts of for­mer state governors, min­isters, and top civil serv­ants, you walk freely and busy yourself engaging in worthwhile undertakings that impact the lives of peo­ple positively. More so, you are well-liked by the peo­ple for your benevolence, humility, common-touch, heart-of-good, leadership qualities, and political sa­gacity.
These attributes of yours can help you achieve your political ambition and aspi­rations. And based on any benchmark for measuring political relevance, Chief Osita Chidoka is a big asset to the opposition political party, PDP, to which he be­longs. But, this period is not an auspicious time for him to seek the Anambra gov­ernorship post on the plat­form of PDP. Many things will work against his candi­dature and political success on that political platform. And, they can thwart and ruin his run for that elec­toral diadem. First, PDP is eternally factionalized; it is split down the middle by personality clashes and ego battles existing among the topnotch PDP members. As the party is troubled at the national level so is Anam­bra PDP polarized and be­set with seemingly intracta­ble problems.
Okoye writes from Uruowulu-Obosi, Anam­bra State
 

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