AHEAD OF 2023: MISCONSTRUING THE POWER OF SILENCE AND DECORUM
By EA, Uzumnism.
The greatness of leaders no doubt is their ability to make better leaders. The ability to make other leaders is a culmination of experience, views, mindset, opportunity, choice etc.
Leadership and followership devoid of these sacrosanct attributes is but a failed experiment. Our clime in Delta is not an exception to these time tested sociopolitical ornaments that must be taken into consideration by an incumbent handing power to a successor or a presumed successor wrestling power from an incumbent.
Best practice democracy, is a priceless seed in Nation building. However, freedom of speech, association, liberty would be rolled to abuse if same is used to distract a democratic status quo less than I80 of 1,460 days constitutional life of an administration.
A subtle reminder of our political history in Delta state reflects a near harmonious transition every four years though with its attendant challenges of institutional persons attempting to break the unwritten rule of power rotation. The power rotation principle has always met with stiff resistance over time but reasonability, strength of character, leadership and political strength has always prevailed.
With regards to election since 1999, lets note that the unwritten convention has always met with resistance.
In best practice situation, after every election those dissatisfied with the process are allowed to approach the tribunal and within 180 days stipulated by INEC cases are dispensed either with a reaffirmation of the tribunal ruling or on appeal, the appellate court delivers it’s judgement premised on principles of law, equity and natural justice. Within this same period, those with functional political literacy like we have in Delta state continues their political service delivery in line with the mandate handed by the electorate as their term of reference.
As at my last check, we are within the second quarter of the second term of Gov Okowa’s administration with appointments ongoing, judicial process on electoral issues ongoing, budget process ahead of 2020 ongoing, state economic policies being consolidated.
At this point, it is therefore not in the best interest of our People to heat up the Polity. Groups, institution, individuals commencing consultation, campaigns or nocturnal gatherings ahead of 2023 are not fair on the people. Stretching the power of silence and decorum of well meaning Deltans is unacceptable.
There is the need for subtility, this caution goes to them that want to help God decide what tomorrow will be.
He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
Inflammatory writeups, insensitive comments on social media is an affront to the establishment and generality of Deltans. This should be stopped forthwith.
Distraction of the establishment will be most unfair at this point and it will be resisted by well meaning Deltans if it continues.
It is a common saying that there is time for everything. It is also a known fact that after every election, hands are supposed to be on deck to achieve the manifestoes of the process. The haste to Constantinople is unnecessary for now as the journey to destination must be collective.
No doubt we are in interesting times, interesting times require wisdom and not bullying.
We call on all Deltans to join hands in consolidating the better days are here project through the SMART delta initiative in the areas of job creation, Infrastructural development, Health care delivery, Quality education, Informed and well oriented citizenry ahead of finishing stronger with a better Delta in 2023.
A word is enough for the wise.
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