Sunday, 4 March 2018


By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq.

Politics, they say is a game of numbers and its about votes mobilization via grassroots penetration as well as watertight connections with the people.

Politics is all about struggle for political power, control and distribution of resources where majority rule while minority have a say.

It follows that the strength of a political party is derived from its ability to control a larger number of eligible voters based on all encompassing structure from top to bottom in terms of organising, penetration, mobilization, quality leadership, clear and well defined political manifesto.

Membership of a political party connotes the coming together of people of same political idealogy; working creatively together to promote that cherished ideology and manifesto spelt out in a document called the party's constitution.

The party's constitution defines the structure, allocation of power to the various structure within the party and equally explains in clear terms why the party wants to acquire political power with which to implement its socioeconomic policies and programmes.

In the same vein, political power being the only legitimate source of power derived from the people must of a necessity be people focused, people oriented and people centered; which is why democracy is viewed as government of the people, by the people and for the people.

The name; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thus reflects the universal definition of democracy based on representative government. It was therefore, not a surprise, when Nigerians embrassed the noble and progressive political and socioeconomic ideologies and programmes of PDP at a time our people yearned for genuine representative government for equitable distribution of resources, good governance and overall development.of the country.

In Delta State, the party had His Excellency Chief James Ibori as the first elected governor under PDP. It was an era which snowballed infrastructural and socioeconomic development. H.E. Ibori it was who championed the South-South Governors Forum; mobilized and canvassed for resource control.

Ibori's visionary leadership especially his strong determination to ensure a better deal for oil producing states and communities was perceived as a threat to the very existence of non-oil producing states in the North and this, according to political analysts led to the conspiracy which gave birth to the prolonged political persecution and trial of a man described to be the political eagle of the South-South region.

Ibori by the Finger of God, survived the unfortunate ordeal, returned to Nigeria and still making waves as one of the most outstanding politicians in the black continent. He remains the National Leader of the Ibori Political Dynasty (IDP), the most outstanding politician in the Niger Delta region and Leader for Life of Delta State politics.

No amount of ecomium is too much to describe the political enigma of our Oghara born political strategists and astronaut, Leader James Ibori. Urhobo Nation got the best of national recognition during Ibori's tenure as governor and the tide changed for the better since he returned home from his political travails and tribulations master minded by his political detractors.

Only yesterday, Saturday 3rd March 2018, Leader Ibori bagged second chieftaincy title from the Kingdom of Kembowei in Patani, Delta State as the TIEMWEI "Pillar" of the good people of that Kingdom. The first bagged "EZI-Oyi of Anioma Nation in April 2017. Two different titles since his freedom from the evil trap of political detractors.

We hear that Leader Ibori will soon be accorded a befitting welcome political rally on 10th March, 2018 and it is hoped that the great political icon shall make far reaching political statement and pointing the way forward as we fast approach 2019 governorship and General elections.

The political and brotherly relationship between the incumbent governor of Delta State, His Excellency Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and Leader James Ibori cannot ban broken by any imagination or political propaganda. The duo have come a long way; building political structures together. They Went through the thick ans thine in politics together and mastered the mysteries of political power for good governance.

Gov Okowa like Leader Ibori is making waves as governor; deploying the little an sacrce financial resources to develop the three senatorial districts of South, North and Central. The prudent managerial skills of Gov Okowa has earned him several awards and recognition including Independent Newspapers MAN OF THE YEAR 2017.

The combined political forces of Laeder Ibori and Gov Okowa remains the major undoing of the All Progressives Congress (PDP) in Delta State.@ Leader Ibori made it abundantly clear early 2017, that Deltans should support Gov Okowa till the end of his two tenure which terminates progressively on May 29, 2023.

Political analysts are also of the opinion that PDP will produce another Urhobo governor on May 29, 2023, a feet that Delta APC finds as a bitter pill to swallow. The fact remains that the APC as a party has failed at the centre. In Delta State, APC is bedevilled with factions and and petty squabbles which has become its major political obstacle and PDP's major advantage.

Kudos to Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, Delta PDP Chairman for his accomplishments and.purposeful leadership. His tenure has been characterised by growth of the party, electioneering victories, unity and peaceful coexistence among the teeming party faithfuls, chieftains, supporters and leaders.

Come.2019, PDP Delta will conquer APC once again to justify its political supremacy derived from the good people of Delta State. We owe Leader Ibori so much gratitude for proving visionary political leadership worthy of emulation.

Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, is a Pokitical Communication Strategists, a Lawyer and Executive Assistant to Governor of Delta State on Communications.


Disclaimer: Comment expressed do not reflect the opinion of Isaac Yoma