Is Ovie Omo Agege (Obarisi) fast becoming an exclamation mark to the must win political syndrome in Nigeria political arena? Or is there more reasonable explanation why the former Delta State Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) gubernatorial candidate, until last week gubernatorial candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), changing party once again.
While trying to beat the political system to its game, Omo Agege who has his ears wide open when INEC stated that there will be no substitution of candidates in the 2007 re-run election except when the original candidate is dead - went shopping for a party with a deceased gubernatorial candidate.
American transgressional fiction novelist and freelance journalist Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “If death mean just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…would you slow down or speed up? Omo Agege should stop looking for the dead among the living and face the reality of our time. The governance of Delta state is not personal, but collective and should be treated as such. It is reported that his search became fruitful when he was declared the gubernatorial candidate for Republican Party of Nigeria (RPN) replacing the late Oguro-Olotu Felix Azorbor in a mischievous way.
Omo Agege is in denial about his chances of running and winning the Delta State governorship election. He threw caution to the winds and did exactly the same thing he accused Uduaghan of, usurping the party structure of RPN and imposing himself a member and candidate. Where is the hue and cry about internal democracy in party structure? Nobody said that the election is between Uduaghan and Omo Agege, but between incompetence, corruption, nepotism among other and a change from the past. Omo Agege belongs to the past and should remain so. He was part of the Ibori cabal that plundered Delta state resources and should stop playing with the intelligence of Deltans.
He has in many ways descended into a political fantasy land, leaving the limits, consequences and obligations of the real world behind. He is trying to carve for himself what he is not. Reality is unforgiving. There is no escape no matter how hard one tries. Behind Omo Agege’s façade is a desperate politician who wants power at all cost even if it entails waking a dead man from death. Deltans are not going to fall for this.
Felix Ayanruoh Esq.