PARIS, FEBRUARY 23, 2016: (DGW) - Ahead of Edo State governorship primaries, Iyoha John Darlington a renowned Turin-based scholar and The Nigerian Voice columnist has reiterated his call in the course of his sensitization tour of the Scandinavians to shore up support for Earl Osaro Osaze Onaiwu, the DG and Coordinator of PDP Governors' Forum as he joins Edo State gubernatorial race under the platform of the Peoples' Democratic Party.
While speaking to a cross-section of Nigerians of Edo State extraction in Hastard, Norway Iyoha John Darlington reminded the Edo indigenes of the dire need to join forces with a man who he says is capable of reconstructing Edo State, a state that has been reduced to a shadow of its former self by the prodigal years of poor leadership and misgovernance.
He blamed one of the problems plaguing the oldest state in Nigeria on visionless leadership which he said has taken the state 31 years backwards.
His words, '' Edo State has lost that golden age to the prodigal years of visionless leaderships and misrule. We had a golden age when the duo of Dr. Osaigbovo Ogbemudia and late Professor Ambrose Alli led the state in their different capacities as military and civilian governors with peoples' redemption programmes. This was a period in our state's history which if had been sustained and maintained would have put us on a par with other high economies around the world as one of Nigeria's federating units''
Fielding questions on leadership qualities, he said, Earl Osaro Onaiwu doubtless possesses sterling qualities which is absent in other contenders adding that many people hardly make reference to their bosses or organizational leaders as those who impact their lives, rather such credit is given to grandparents, parents and sometimes friends but Earl Osaro Onaiwu is out to reverse the trend as he shall stand towards every Edo indigene in loco parentis irrespective of their tribe, creed and belief.
He reminded them that leaders need to have a clear picture of why they are doing what they are doing adding that it saddens him to think that he can only think of a handful of people who genuinely have a clear sense of purpose to lead by equipping, encouraging, empowering the next generation of leaders to discover their calling and unleash their maximum potentials.
Asked how Earl Osaro Onaiwu intends to tackle the rising insecurity and youth unemployment in the state which has driven many of them out of their homelands some of whom were able to get to this part of the world safely without mishap, Iyoha John Darlington highlighted Onaiwu's blueprint for the state future development programmes among which are youth empowerment programmes and a massive investment in mechanized agriculture and the establishment of processing factories in the nooks and crannies of the state.
Some people, he said, value wealth and power and prestige while others are more concerned with not only survival but safety and a better life for all. Earl Osaro Onaiwu has unshaken belief that every man is born free and, therefore, equal in right and dignity, he added
Similarly, Iyoha John Darlington speaking about Onaiwu's plan to provide solutions to the state myriad of problems said:
''I believe people who produce good results feel good about themselves also, therefore, his leadership role as your Premier Servant would be to help you succeed in life by accomplishing your goals instead of allowing you to thrive in dirt and dirty surroundings. Earl Osaro Onaiwu as the governor of Edo State will cheer you on if progress is being made, redirect your efforts and get you back on course when you stray which he honestly does not anticipate.You may rest assured that everything he does as a servant will be geared towards helping you produce good results and in the process feel good about yourself'', he asserted.
He urged them to join forces with the People's Democratic Party as the only party under the existing circumstances to reposition the state in the path of socio-politico development, economic prosperity and progress. Earl Osaro Onaiwu, he remains unshaken in his conviction, will deliver on his political promises when voted to power.