By Emma Fejokwu
OVER the years, creating a solid baseline for effective and stable political parties has remained an issue of concern especially among the electorate and members of the political class.
In Delta State, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been in the forefront inspite of the intrigues and counter intrigues in the party.
However, the party, under the leadership of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, there is no doubt that it and its members are, today, looking forward with great hopes and enjoying a better political atmosphere.
Nwaoboshi, a distinctive administrator, motivator and political juggernaut, is leading the Delta PDP in the right direction.
One interesting aspect of this man of many parts is his consistency in playing politics without bitterness as well as extension of love to political friends and foes while also ensuring a level playing ground for contestants into political positions. Nwaoboshi, the Oracle turned miracle of politics, disagrees with his opponents but ready to bend if only the purpose is to serve the cause of his people.
As he clocks 56, the PDP leader, a great son of Obi Nwaoboshi of Isieke-Umuekea Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, has come a long way.
History, they say, revolves within the lives of a few great men hence, from the day of his birth, none of those that gathered to rejoice with the parents knew the greatness the little boy would achieve in life.
He started his academic life in a nursery/primary school, and later went to St. Thomas Teacher’s Training College, Ibusa from where he proceeded to the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma where he read history and graduated in second class upper division. After that, he gained admission to University of Benin where he studied law. He attended the Nigeria Law School and was later called to the Bar.
He started his political career when he was appointed as an aide to Alhaji Shehu Musa (Makama Nupe), the former Secretary to the Federal Government.
Nwaoboshi was the local government chairman under the National Republican Convention Party (NRC) and Delta State Chairman, Democratic Party of Nigerian (DPN).
He was also an aide to the then Bendel State governor, Prof. Ambrose Ali, of blessed memory.
He was the first secretary of the PDP in Delta State and has used his acumen to ensure success for the party at the polls.
Nwaoboshi was later appointed as political adviser to then Governor James Ibori, who, in 2001, appointed him as commissioner for agriculture, a position he used to make tremendous impact on the lives of farmers and also brought innovation to food preservation in the state.
In 2004, he was appointed the commissioner for special duties, after which he became the Chairman, Raw Materials Research and Development Commission, Abuja.
Nwaoboshi is the first politician of Delta North extraction to occupy the position of the PDP Chairman in Delta State.
A firm believer of God as the ultimate, the PDP boss has special place carved out in his home where a daily prayer session takes place in praise of God for his bountiful blessings and protection.
It is believed that the forth-coming local government elections in Delta will witness peaceful co-existence among all the contestants especially among those of the PDP following the foot steps and daily counselling by the state chairman of the party on the need to play the game with absolute interest for the welfare of the electorate in distribution of dividends of democracy.
*Fejokwu, a media consultant, lives in Asaba, Delta State.