Alex Ehimhantie Aidaghese believes God is his godfather in his quest to go to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent his Esanland.
“I do not have a godfather, God is my God Father. And I am accountable to no one but you – the people of Esanland. I won’t be going to Abuja alone. And I won’t surround myself with my town folks”, he said as he believes that the odds are surmountable.
“Please, don’t let them tell you it can’t be done. Don’t tell me I can’t do it. Surely, it can be done. Surely, I can do it. That’s what governance is about. It’s happening in other villages and towns all over Nigeria. Why not in Esanland? And that is where I will make a difference – meeting and consultation”, that’s Alex Ehimhantie Aidaghese’s message to the Esan people as he warms up to go the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attract Federal Government projects to his darling Esanland.
The exposed and knowledge Alex stated that “I am not an accidental public servant. And I do not seek your mandate on someone else’s goodwill. I am prepared. And I’m going to do things differently.
“This is the time for a new start. And I represent that new start, the present, and the future. My name is Alex Ehimhantie Aidaghese. I am your son. And I seek your support to serve you selflessly as a Senator at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Trust me, and I will bring development to our beloved Esanland.
“In addition to my graduate degree in Energy and Environmental Law and Policy, I study Management and Administration at a graduate level at a top University in America. And I am very conversant with the nuts and bolts of public policy and how to apply them to the facts on the ground and make government work best for my Esan people.
“Today, the demand for Decentralization of Power and Restructuring is at the front burner of the Nigerian leadership struggle, and I have written extensively on the subject. So, as we match towards the actualization of True Federalism, Esan people cannot afford to be represented at those debates by backbenchers and mere spectators who cannot make an informed distinction between Unitary, Federal, and Confederal systems of government. We need a strong candidate, an articulate voice, astute in Public Policy as well as Constitutional Law to be the eyes and ears of Esanland at the upper chamber.
“In my private capacity, thousands of miles outside of Abuja, I have made substantial impacts in nurturing our constitutional democracy. When the demand for the removal of the Immunity clause (Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended) reached its crescendo, my essay made the most impact in its retention by the Constitutional Review Committee. Though I have not been in government, I have been involved through my essays and writings”.
He was emphatic when he said he was not going to Abuja with mediocre in the name of empowering Esan people, but with technocrats that can brainstorm on vital projects that can place Esanland on global class.
“I won’t be going to Abuja alone. And I won’t surround myself with my town folks. I am going to assemble a formidable team, with vast knowledge of our legislative process and government in general, from all the five local government councils of Esanland to accompany to Abuja. On a daily basis, they will meet and strategize with me on how to ensure that Esan is not left out in the deliberation of what becomes of Nigeria and in the management and disbursement of our national wealth.
“Politically, I am liberal and I espouse Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s populist philosophy – of government being about service to the people and for the people. I will strive to sponsor and support motions and bills that are poverty alleviation-focused, geared towards sustainable development, and have positive impact on the overall wellbeing of my people.
“Above all, I am not going to be a Senator of Agbazilo or from Okpebho, but a Senator of every community of the entire Edo Central Senatorial District.
“This struggle, this mandate that I seek transcends tribes and political affiliation. I humbly ask that you judge me based on what I’m bringing to the table, and not by the name of my community. If you consider marginalization abhorrent and condemnable at Abuja and in the Edo State capital, you should also consider it abhorrent and condemnable in Esanland”.