The Oasis Reporters
October 16, 2017
A contestant of note in the Anambra November 18 election is Chief Osita Chidoka, UPP gubernatorial candidate.
He was a former Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps and an erstwhile Aviation minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ositadinma Chidoka wrote his name in gold while he was in charge of the Federal Road Safety Corps. He was reappointed to the post in 2011 after his first four years’ administration brought about a 35% reduction in road traffic crashes, made the agency technologically driven and attracted global partnership on road safety.
When he was first appointed to the post by former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, many saw him as too young and a greenhorn too.
Yet, he proved them wrong and turned out to be the best; Federal Road Safety Corps as an organisation now is highly revered and respected because of his hard work and great wits.
He led bicycle rides and jogging exercises as alternative transport and physical fitness respectively.
His success in heading a hitherto unknown organisation in the Nigerian polity reveals a great deal of a man who is likely to become the next governor of Anambra state. He is young, energetic and patriotic. He proved that the age of Methusaleh has nothing to do with the wisdom of Solomon.
Barrister Ilechukwu Ogu has this to say of him, “He was a prominent students’ union activist and the traditional ruler of Kenneth Dike Hall, noted for the reasoned, factual and forceful way he presents his opinions.”
A saying that gives one a clearer picture of who Chief Osita Chidoka was while he was younger. Mr Yakubu Dati recounting Chief Osita Chidoka’s brief stint as an aviation minister, wrote:
”On assumption of office, there were fears that he had little or no time to make meaningful impact with barely few months to the end of the tenure. He allayed these fears with the analogy that General Murtala Muhammed, Nigeria’s late Head of State, in just six months created nineteen states, made Abuja Federal Capital and recorded several milestones that have endeared him to many Nigerians. Same cannot be said of some leaders who spent more time with little impact.”
Chief Osita Chidoka is a doer. He reaffirms Chinua Achebe sayings in Things Fall Apart,
”Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders say, if a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.”
Chief Chidoka has washed his hands and can now eat with kings.
Relatively new to the political sphere of Anambra state yet he is not daunted and believes strongly that he could cause an upset in the coming election.
He is the new breath of fresh air in Anambra state politics, as Barrister Chuma Egeonu rightly observed. He added: “Chidoka is young with a lot of energy and roaring to go to the service of the state unlike all the others who have grown too old for modern day governance. This is the time for Nigerians especially Anambra state people to do away with these unserious people who have caused Anambra people much underdevelopment.”
Chief Osita Chidoka no doubt, is a born leader, energetic and has not disappointed before in public service. A vote for him as the next governor won’t be out of place.
My mission is to lay bare the positive aspects of the contestants for the forthcoming Anambra state gubernatorial election, the baton is handed over to you to choose rightly, howbeit harder it has become now.
The goal of this write-up is to bring to the limelight the very good qualities of the next governor of Anambra state come November 18 2017.
At this juncture, it is pertinent to send out a caveat that this write-up neither expresses a particular support for, nor endorses any contestant. It only tries to show the good sides of the gladiators of Anambra state election arena; it calls for a deeper thinking before the election with the aim to continue the status quo of governance within the state or to correct the status quo. I’ve written on some of the other contestants as well.
Written by Iregbenu Paul