By James Ezema
ASABAâ€”Ahead of 2011 governorship election in Delta State, Chairman of the State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mr. Tonye Timi, has said that Governor Emmanuel UduaghanÂ has distinguished himself as a visionary leader who understood the dynamics of statecraft.
Mr. Timi who delivered a keynote address at the presentation of the journal,Â titled â€œIf Not Uduaghan, Then Who?â€™ noted that theÂ pursuit of selfish and personal goals at the expense of wider national interest and demands is responsible for criticisms facing leadership in Nigeria.
The journal written by chairman of Delta State University Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare,Â hadÂ Chief Charles Obule as chief launcher. HeÂ was supported by Mr. Walter Wagbatsoma and Mr. Victor Odebela while the National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abulakar Baraje, was chairman of the occasion.
According to Timi, â€œThe slogan If Not Uduaghan, Then Who? suggests that our amiable governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has won the hearts of Deltans as a â€œsocietalâ€ leader, and this is not contestable. One only needs to examineÂ the governorâ€™s various programmes, and policy initiatives to come to this conclusion.
â€œHaving savoured the beauty of the slogan, one comes away that it is a slogan into which so much creativity has been invested.
â€œSecond, one is also captivated by the loud and clear statement that the topic makes about leadership. Like Pastor Tunde Bakare would say, â€˜leadership is not just a position, it is not a title either. Leadership is responsibility,â€™â€ he stated.
Speaking further, TimiÂ maintained that Governor Uduaghan â€œhas so far distinguished himself as a visionary leader who understands the dynamics of vision and state craft. His administrationâ€™s three-point agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital Development and Infrastructural Development speak volumes about a leaderâ€™s disposition to help Deltans understand the problems they must all face; help in setting the agenda, goals and priorities and work with others to find paths to achieving the goals.