By Fidel Njamanze, Asaba
Delta State politicians who are desirous of becoming elected or appointed officials have been told to strive to embody the humility, idealism, pragmatism, visionary leadership, selflessness and hard work of Dr. Ngozi Olejeme in their political career.
The call was made by the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Peter Nwaoboshi when Dr. Olejeme and her supporters visited the state secretariat of the party.
Nwaoboshi, who extolled the rare virtues of Olejeme as the most humble governorship aspirant in the state, advised politicians in the state not to go the way of Mrs. Marian Ali, wife of Ahmadu Ali, erstwhile National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and her associates.
“Let me welcome Dr. Ngozi Olejeme to our state secretariat. I have three reasons of welcoming her. Firstly, Dr. Olejeme is a loyal party member. Secondly, she is a woman who has respect for manhood and humanity. She does not belong to those people that slap men and women. A slap on the state chairman is a slap on the PDP in Delta State. Thirdly, we are appreciative of her humility”
Nwaoboshi stated that Olejeme’s humble background and attitude found full expression in her approach to the party executive committee.
“This befitting edifice that you are seeing today was built with the contributions of leaders and supporters of the party. Today, even without prompting, you felt you cannot enter this secretariat without doing something. We want to thank you profusely for this wonderful presentation of the sum of N10million to furnish the secretariat. We will not disappoint you. We will do all the needful. When you come again, we will show you what we have done with the money,” he said.
Noting that Dr. Olejeme assisted greatly in the positioning of Oshimili South PDP, Nwaoboshi stated that although in every sense of a loyal party member, Olejeme saw the need to strengthen the party at the ward, local government and state levels.
“Let me also thank you on behalf of Oshimili South. The chairman of Oshimili South told me that you rented the office and went further to give them a brand new bus. I want to thank you for that wonderful gesture”
He further praised Dr. Olejeme for respecting the leadership of the party. “We have respect for people who respect us. Since you have come to seek permission from me as the state chairman and members of the state executive to enter the state to canvass, we give you the permission. We give you the permission to canvass for vote. In your usual humility, ask for vote,” the PDP Delta State Chairman said.
Nwaoboshi regretted that, “the greatest tragedy of our times is that many politicians are noise makers”
He therefore urged her supporters to play politics of honesty and love.
“I can see many political warriors around you; people who can help Dr. Olejeme to win vote. They are not the people who make noise. Dr. Olejeme is my sister and you have to be honest to her. Follow her with all honesty and do what you know is right for her to win the 2015 governorship election”
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2015 general elections, the chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has described her visit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat as one of the sure steps to Delta State Government House, saying that her coming is symbolic. “I am the first governorship aspirant to visit this new secretariat. I will definitely be the flag bearer of the party and also win the 2015 governorship election in the state,” Dr. Olejeme said.
Dr. Olejeme who was in the state secretariat to inform the leaders of the party of her governorship ambition said “I just need the support of El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty to be governor of Delta State.
“When Godswill Akpabio was vying for the governorship position of Akwa Ibom, the incumbent governor, Obong Victor Attah did not support him. Today, Akpabio is the governor of the state. We don’t need the support of anybody. We need the support of God,” she said.
She urged other governorship aspirants in the party to support her ambition.
“In Oshimili South, I found out that my ward members were holding meetings in the chairman’s house. They had no office. I changed the status of my ward. I give them N1million monthly to host meeting. I also give stipends. The rent of PDP secretariat in Oshimili South expired. They contacted me and I quickly paid the rent. At the state level, I did a lot for the people. I gave many unemployed graduates jobs. I also opened offices in Delta State. My brothers who are in the governorship race should see where the pendulum swings and support me to make Delta State great,” she said.
Olejeme who also praised Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for contributing to the development of the state, promised to change the face of the state.
“Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has done very well. He has done a lot for us. I will carry on where he stops. I will turn this state around. I will make Delta State a paradise on earth,” she added.