- Posted August 11, 2013 by
DELTA STATE AND 2015
DELTA STATE AND 2015
Life has taught every Nigerian a lesson but politics must have taught more lessons to Nigerians than life itself. What is life without politics my friends will say, because politics itself is life. Our heartbeat is becoming faster as we move towards 2015; the political drums are sounding in the air and the drummers are vigorously hitting the drums for everyone that is interested to dance to, but everyone is listening. A new political party has been approved by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria to participate in the 2015 general election and any other election. The All Progressives Congress (ACP) which is the new political party is a merger of three older political parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Why the merger? To wrestle power with the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP), by 2015 Nigerians should be able to say if they did wrestle power from the PDP.
Delta State is also feeling the drummers’ drums as various politicians are showing their interest in the gubernatorial seat that will be declared vacant by 2015 election in the State. For the purpose of this article, the definition of Politics is important. Politics has various definitions depending on the point you are coming from and going to. Some view politics from the state centred approach; Politics is seen here as what governments or state do. This means that most people, most institutions and most social activities can be regarded as being outside ‘politics. Businesses, schools and other educational institutions, community groups, families and so on are in this sense non-political.
Others, views politics as Public Affairs: here there is a broader conception of politics that sees it beyond the narrow realm of government to what is thought of as public life or public affairs. This distinction between the political and the non-political coincides with the division between an essentially public sphere of life and what can be thought of as a private sphere. Philosopher like Aristotle are great propagator of this view, he declared that man is by nature a political animal, by this it is only within a political community that human beings can live the good life. From this then, politics can be seen as an ethical activity concerned with creating a just and better society. It is what he called the master science.‖
Also, people see politics from the Compromise and Consensus approach: here politics is viewed in the way which decisions are made. Characteristically, politics is seen as a particular means of resolving conflict: that is, by compromise, conciliation and negotiation, rather than through force and naked power. Politics now becomes a process of conflict resolution. In this view, the key to politics is a wide dispersal of power. Accepting that conflict is inevitable and social groups possess and compete for power, they must be appeased; they cannot be destroyed.
Finally, some view politics as Power: this definition of politics is the broadest and most radical. Here politics is all encompassing from government, state or public realm to all works and all social activities and in every corner of human existence. Therefore, politics takes place at every level of our social life; it can be found within families and amongst small groups of friends just as much as amongst nations and on the global stage. Politics is seen here as the Distribution of Power and Resources, at its broadest, politics concerns the production, distribution and use of resources in the course of social existence. Politics is, in essence, power: the ability to achieve a desired outcome, through whatever means. This idea was summarized in the title of Harold Lasswell’s book Politics: Who Gets What, When, How? (1936). From his perspective, politics is about diversity and conflict, but the essential ingredient is the existence of scarcity: the simple fact that, while human needs and desires are infinite, the resources available to satisfy them are always limited. Politics can therefore be seen as a struggle over scarce resources, and power can be seen as the means through which this struggle is conducted.
My take is seeing politics as POWER. Today, we all know the power of the presidency in Nigeria, the power of state governors, etc. Some state governors have been able to transform their states to little haven, while others are still walloping in the euphoria of politics (Power). Some has deprived their states from the dividend of democracy by unleashing terror and hunger on their citizens. Their excuse is that they bought the votes. The good news is that 2015 will be different in Nigeria politics, the awareness is becoming higher also the stakes. Those that did make a change in the political system will want these changes to continue positively, while those that affected their political system negatively will seek for a better way out.
Delta State in 2015 is the purpose of this article: Who will govern the State by 2015? As earlier said the drummers are drumming and everyone is listening and those interested in the beat are dancing, some to the beat while others against it. We have a lot of money bags in Delta State, and most of these money bags believe with their money anything can happen. Yes, anything can happen but not for long. In 2015, Delta State needs an intelligent politician and not a smart one. We are tired of smart politicians; let’s try something new in 2015; like a mixed breed (intelligence and politics). As a political researcher and through my research findings about my view of an intelligent politician, I met a lot of Deltans, from North, South and Centre and a lot has been said about Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, a senator with magnitude of supports, intelligence and kind heartedness. The man that will support anyone that happens to meet with him with his money and time (two very important ingredients in life). There was no other option but to run a profile check on Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa. This is the summary of my findings:
Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi (born 8 July 1959) is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.
Okowa was born at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended Edo College, Benin City (1970-1976), and then went on to the University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1981 with an MBBS degree. After leaving the National Youth Service Corps, he worked with the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer. He entered private practice as Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke in 1986.
Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991-1993). He was Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in Governor James Ibori's campaign in 1998/1999. He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State government for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 – April 2001), Water Resources Development (April 2001 – May 2003) and Health (September 2003 – October 2006).
Okowa resigned to contest in the 2007 PDP primaries for Governor of Delta State, but did not succeed. In June 2007, Ifeanyi Okowa was appointed Secretary to the Delta state Government.
Ifeanyi Okowa was elected Delta North Senatorial candidate in the January 2011 PDP primaries with 942 votes, but the result was challenged by party leaders who favoured Marian Amaka Alli as candidate. He was re-elected in a rerun where he scored 1,446 votes, against 108 votes for Dr. Maryam Alli. In the April 2011 election for the Delta North Senatorial seat, Ifeanyi won 98,140 votes, ahead of runner up Prince Ned Munir Nwoko of the Democratic People's Party, who won 67,985 votes. Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has proved himself as an astute politician and he deserves to be the governor of Delta State in 2015. We need the one that will use the power of politics to develop Delta State, and not the one that sees politics as a business of profit making.
Come 2015, Deltans think twice and look beyond a smart politician and seek the leadership of an intelligent politician. Do your research Deltans and your findings yourselves. Do you need a governor that will be there for you or the one that will send you money and say your votes has been bought. You can fool some people sometimes but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Say No to Electoral Malpractices and join us in one man one vote to build a better Delta State in 2015. Senator Arthur Okowa for Governor 2015, Campaigning for a progressive Delta State.
Collins Clarke (2013)