By: George Kelley
It is possible to have a Governor that can be trusted and does not put
others down for himself to go up.
It is possible to have a Governor who is more of a Collaborator than a
It is possible to have a Governor who will build Bridges rather than
It is possible to have a Governor who is a Natural Mediator rather than
one who naturally creates Conflicts, Tensions and Divisions.
It is possible to have a Governor who is thirsty for knowledge, one who
hungers for factual, expert-oriented and unbiased knowledge all the time
and on all levels.
It is possible to have a Governor who is level-headed, has high emotional
intelligence (IQ) and has learned to move above his emotions, partisan
conditioning and fixations to specific outcomes to think logically and
It is possible to have a Governor who is not seeking fame and attention,
one who is able to move above and beyond any egoistic and primitive need
for power, attention or establishing his personal agendas and works for
the good of all – regardless of partisan affiliations and sensitivities.
It is possible to have a Governor who understands that the aim of politics
is to unite and reach consensus and not to divide or create enmity among
people. One who understands that power is only a product of collective
It is possible to have a Governor who will not fight and wrestle with
opposition politicians but will fight and wrestle against the prevailing
issues of poverty, poor healthcare, poor education, poor security, poor
environment, unemployment, Hunger, Infrastructure development, etc.
It is possible to have a Governor who will not be foisted upon Rivers
people by a mischievous political system or a deeply corrupt judiciary but
by the voice and the votes of the people of Rivers State.
How can we make this possible?
First, learn your candidate. Know your candidate.
Second, research your candidate. Find out how they performed in their
previous positions of service. Did they create and encourage conflict?
Were they selfless or selfish? Did they corruptly enrich themselves?
Are they known for acts of humanity and philantrophy? Are they known to
promote education and encourage human achievement? Are they known to
promote happiness and goodwill?
Third, go beyond partisan considerations and choose your candidate based
on merit, capacity, ability, achievement and relationships.
Fourth, do not vote based on how others are voting.
Fifth, our votes must be based on the result of our rigorous research.
Sixth, we must make sure the candidate we are voting for has addressed the
issues that Rivers people fight, wrestle and grapple with every day.
Issues such as Joblessness; Hopelessness; Poverty, Infrastructural decay;
Cost, Quality and availability of Healthcare; Cost and Availability of
Good Education; Quality of the Environment; Massive Insecurity should be
critical in this engagement.
Finally, we must all go out there and vote.
It is possible!