Did Governor Liyel Imoke Really Say This? BY PRINCEWILL OJONG ODIDI

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Princewill Ojong Odidi
Princewill Ojong Odidi

As a political scientist, and one who actually practices the Science of Politics both as a consultant, activist and public opinion analyzer, we do not take words lightly especially when used in a political context.

Governor Liyel Imoke on his 53rd birthday speech, is quoted to have said the following as reported by CrossRiverWatch.

The Governor said: “I strongly believe that as leaders, if there is one thing we must do as a matter of deliberate policy is to build a new generation of leaders. If we keep moving from or running in one office to the other without creating opportunities for a younger or a new generation, then society will never evolve and there will be no purposeful leadership.”

The use of the word “deliberate” to qualify “policy” calls for attention to every political analyst watching the games politicians play in Cross River state.

Deliberate, when used as an adverb “deliberately” originates from the Latin word “deliberates”, meaning “resolved upon, determined.” Used to describe an action made intentionally, it can also mean doing something in a careful, thoughtful manner.”

So when Senator Imoke used the phrase “deliberate policy” in discussing the need to build a new generation of leaders to take over the ambers of power in the state, it begs for attention if he really meant it. If he did, and as leader of his Party in the state, it will generally be assumed that it also becomes the party’s position in the state.

If Senator Imoke means what he said, and is willing to implement and follow it through the process as the nominations and primary elections approach, then it will be greatly commendable. If he is able to muster enough courage, determination and political will to follow this assertion through, then this singular act would define his administration and ten years from now, it will still dominate political discuss not only in Cross River State but Nigeria as a whole.

“By a deliberate policy”, using Governor Imokes own words, it is assumed, the framework to execute it is already in place, his body language collaborates his public assertions, and it will be rightly assumed that his political machinery is geared towards achieving such a purpose.

As we look forward to the actualization of his comments on “deliberate policy” We the people are expecting fresh new educated, enlightened, accommodating, analytical, politicians to come on board beginning 2015.

If the phrase “deliberate policy” must be taken seriously, and the creation of opportunities for a new generation as emphasized by Imoke is to be actualized, then “We the people” look forward for new set of leaders into: The office of the Governor, deputy Governor, Senators, House of Representatives, House of Assembly, State Commissioners, Ministerial Nominations, Ambassadorial nominations and appointments into both State and federal Parastatals.

We would also assume that no political office holder who has been in office since 1999 at the advent of the new democratic dispensation continue to hold political office come 2015.

To put the question more honorably, Is sixteen years not enough time for your self-styled “BOYS” to become men and provide leadership?

It’s time our old generation politicians retire and help build new economic enterprises that will generate employment for our teeming unemployed youths rather than moving from or running in one office to the other without creating opportunities for a younger generation using Governor Imokes own words.

As Political watchers, we try to make politicians account for their utterances, so we the people will like to see this statement credited to Senator Imoke actualized.

Again, The Governor said: “I strongly believe that as leaders, if there is one thing we must do as a matter of deliberate policy is to build a new generation of leaders. If we keep moving from or running in one office to the other without creating opportunities for a younger or a new generation, then society will never evolve and there will be no purposeful leadership.”

PRINCEWILL OJONG ODIDI IS A UNITED STATES BASED PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: PRINCEWILLODIDI@YAHOO.COM

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One commentOn Did Governor Liyel Imoke Really Say This? BY PRINCEWILL OJONG ODIDI

  • IF THE GOVENOR IS INTELLIGENT AS SOME PEOPLE SAY HE MUST REALISE HOW IMPORTANT THE YOUNGER GENERATION ARE TO THE SUCCESS OF CROSS RIVER STATE. IN TWENTY YEARS THE GOVERNOR WILL BE IN HIS SEVENTIES AND THE TWENTY YEARS OLD CROSS RIVER YOUNG WILL BE FORTY IT DOES NOT TAKE A PROFESSOR TO KNOW THE FORTY YEAR OLD WILL BE THE RELEVANT FIGURE IN THE STATE OF CROSS RIVER.

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