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IF I WERE AN ASPIRANT FOR POLITICAL OFFICE COME 2015 (2) With Rev Canon Chinemerem Uche

If I were a political aspirant I will speak with confidence and depth of knowledge of how I will achieve social and economic prosperity for the people. I will avoid empty sloganeering and go for showcasing a realizable blue print and road map. I will not speak of what I will do but what I have done in the past, how I did it and how I will replicate it when I get to political office.

If I were an aspirant to a political office I will tie these scriptures on my door so that I will not faint when it is clear that I lost the election: “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” (Prov 21:3). “The Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” (Dan 4:25-26). I will not also maliciously slander my opponents and demonize them even when it is clear to my conscience that I am also a cultist like others. I will not fabricate stories of how my opponents are lesbians and homosexuals even when it is clear to me that even though I may not be these, but members of my campaign team do practice these abominable practices to even help fortify our ranks. I will reduce boasting because two things await a political contest: victory or failure! I will also remind myself of this Psalm: “Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.” (Ps 101:5 NIV).

If I were an aspirant to a political office, I will make my humble self to realize that despite the fact that politicians go into politics to fatten their pockets, I will have to also fatten the pockets of the electorates to make my fattened pocket secure. I will also boldly remind myself with a large bill board pinned to my bedroom and parlour door saying, “Chop alone, die alone.” I will also ask those who sing Bongo music to create a tune with this lyric in typical Uratta dialect: “Onye nani ya riri agwo, ya gworo ya n’afo! Otu anya ejela ahunna ego oha-na-eze, nihi na, otu onu ekweshihuu iri ego. Ihe ekworo hima gomment awuhuu maka ile -a umu gi na nwanyi gi, owu maka nde agu n’agu kwe gi nuru nmiri tobi iko!” (He who eats a whole snake alone will have the entire snake coiled in his belly. Public funds are not supposed to be appropriated privately, because it is for the common good of all. Governance is not a call to build a family empire, but for you to spread the common wealth so that those who have not, will allow you to sleep with your two eyes closed.

If I were an aspirant to a political office, I will not sponsor terror to make it look as if the incumbent is the evil. I will not behave like an emperor who is needed by the people to desperately save them from captivity; rather I will behave like a servant leader worthy of being entrusted the common wealth of the people, not for unnecessary foreign trips but for furthering peace.

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