Elder Goddey Orubebe may seem to be putting his political machinery in place to be the next Governor of Delta state but in real sense, who is this man called Orubebe? What has been his political antecedent that made him so sure of gaining access to government house Asaba?
The man Orubebe, a political science graduate from the University Of Lagos was formally a councillor, Burutu LGA chairman, chairman of ANPP delta state but swiftly joined the PDP as soon as he realize the juicy opportunities parties like that offers to men without principle so long as they are ready to play the dirty game.
Elder Deacon Orubebe as he his wide known in his church and amongst his kinsmen quickly rose through the rank in his political journey simply because of two fundamental factors that played to his favor. First, the foremost Niger Delta political gladiator EK Clark saw him as loyal and so decided to pull him along till the mighty doors of Aso rock opened.
Secondly, president Jonathan thought this man could deliver and so made him his right hand man, probably because they are from the same Izon clan. Deacon Orubebe easily became the Minister of State for Niger Delta and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; positions he never dreamt of largely because of these factors highlighted.
Today both his political mentor EK Clark now know better who this man is. To say the least, even the good people of the Niger Delta cannot point to a single project Elder Orubebe successfully executed as a Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. Yet he still nurses a tall dream of becoming the governor of Delta state. The one asks : With which antecedent(s)?
Nations that understands the true tenet of democracy bring in capable hands who can translate the ideals of democracy into concrete reality for the common good of all. This is the quality of leader that the good people of Delta state should go all out to vote come Election Day and not self serving men whose aim is what to cart away from the state treasury.
Delta state is not only in need of a leader that is in touch with his people, but also requires a leader that must feel the pain of his people. This is because the average Deltan yearns for change, improvement in their economic situation and also Infrastructural development. A drive through Warri, Asaba, Sapele, and Ughelli e.t.c will convince an outsider upon seeing the existential situation of the people that all is truly not well.
Is Orubebe a leader that understands the urgency of the situation at hand? Let's leave that to the dictate of reason.
Delta state requires a leader who understands the cultural diversity of the different nationalities that constitute the state not a man that sees the supremacy of his ethnic nationality over the others.
Whoever becomes the next governor of Delta state must understand that he or she needs to seize the existing peace currently enjoyed in the state to build bridges among the different people of the state so as to deepen the root of brotherhood, thus creating the platform to build a socio-political and economically progressive Delta State.
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