In the word of Ralph Waldo Emerson, nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
He opined that it was the enthusiastic attitude that places a leader above his peers, opens his mind to creativity and provides motivation to his people.
This explains the personality trait, ingenuity and rich democratic credential of the Man Chief Audu Ogbeh whom many describes severally as a proverbial cat with nine lives and who have little or no use for fame as well as notoriety. Ogbeh it was generally believed is consumed with productivity not image. He does not feel the need to project his self-worth to any one, He is content when the moment calls for him to be little, or ordinary, or common as long as the goal was achieved.
Ogbeh a former Minister of Communication under Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari’s Administration first came to lime light haven been elected deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly in the Second republic representing Otukpa State constituency.
The calmness with which Ogbe handled the lost of the exalted position of Speaker of the Benue State Hause of Assembly to Mr Ayua Num a Tiv even after a tacit understanding of an Idoma( Ogbe) holding sway does not only demonstrate his maturity and rich democratic credential as a Democrat/Statesman but reveal the callousness of the game of politics and the tyranny of the majority ethnic group in Benue State politics.
Ogbeh’s compassion and deep respect for the human person regardless of their background is legendary and widely acclaimed. It was the sterling leadership qualities, humility, meekness, personal charisma, dexterity and sagacity that informed the election of Ogbe as the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party PDP by fellow party men after haven previously ousted it protem and second Chairmen Chief Solomon Lar and Engr. Banabas Gemade in quick succession and in controversial circumstances.
Ogbeh an integrity personified could not condom the arbitrary use of raw power and disrespect for rule of law by the then president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as he honorably bow out of power by throwing in the towel as PDP National Chairman following irreconcilable differences with the president which principally borders on, ethics, principles and deliberate manipulation of party men and negative application of the use of power.
His resignation even though ill-timed was greeted with mixed reaction and feelings with many hailing his decision as the step in the direction and coming at a time when the ovation was loudest.
A one time presidential Adviser on Agriculture soon after his resignation parted ways with the PDP and joined forces with other genuine democrat and progressive to register a political association known as the Advanced Congress of Democrat. (ACD) the party later merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)with other progressives in ANPP, CPC, a faction of APGA and finally metamorphosed into a mega political party the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Given Ogbeh’s intellectual endowment he was saddled with the responsibility of drawing up the party’s manifesto and blue print a task that effectively saw the light of day. His resilience, patience, courage, commitment, dedication and his abiding faith in the Nigeria project paid off with the eventual emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as president under the platform of the APC.
Ogbeh who Undertook the task of marketing Buhari abinitio within the party diverse interest prio to the presidential primaries of the APC ensures and perfected the victory of GMB who defeating well known presidential aspirants like Former Vice president Atiku Abubakar(Turakin Adamawa),incumbent Governor of Kano State Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor Rochas Owelle Okorocha of Imo State and News paper Publisher Nda Sam Isaiah to pick the sole presidential ticket of the phenomenal movement called APC .
He rallied and canvassed support of all Nigerian to vote for GMB an appeal that has yielded the desired result with the declaration of General Muhamadu Buhari as the winner of the March 28TH presidential election by INEC defeating the incumbent president His Excellency Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan in an election widely acclaimed by both local and international observers as freest, fairest, credible and unprecedented in the chequered political history of Nigeria.
As one of his ardent follower and fan who has followed his (public and private Life (antecedent) with keen interest, one of the greatest attributes of Ogbe to me are listening, patience, humility, writing, reading voraciously and power of retention and promotion of friendship.
He has profoundly touched the lives of so many people and has made a significant difference in many of those life, be it through mediating in conflict or by helping to maintain the thin socal fabrics that conflict so often tear apart.
Another hallmark of Ogbeh that endeared him to me is his unpretentious disposition toward unhealthy and uncultured social canker worm called corruption that had eaten deep into the fabrics of our social lives, he believes that for true democracy to take a firm root, development and people oriented project to take place all forms of graft must be stamped out.
Ogbeh a dogged democrat, a pillar and symbol of democratic tolerance in modern Nigeria who have caved a niche for him self as thorough breed democrat and who has at various occasion advocated for the need for peaceful and harmonious co-existence, unity, rancor free and egalitarian society were you are judged based on the contents of your character rather than primordial, ethnic, tribal and parochial sentiment.
Ogbeh an orator of no mean repute has inspired his audience and numerous followers with his sense of humor, He has championed the crusade for team work and dialogue as a veritable tools for social, religious, cultural and political stability which are the hallmark and ingredients of development of most advanced countries world over . In all this discipline, integrity, respect for human right and privileges remains his overriding principle both in public and private lives.
His commitment to food security and passion for agriculture inspired him to float his personal farm in makurdi the Benue State capital and other part of Nigeria were thousand of youths were employed. As an uncommon democrat/Statesman per excellence, i salute his passion, courage and faith for staying afloat and focused in pursuits of his vision and dream irrespective of enormous opposition, confrontation and challenges bedeviling his quest toward realizing his noble dream and objectives.
My sincere prayer is that may the almighty God continue to bless him with good and sound health, understanding, wisdom to weathered the storms of life and enable him to continue to contribute his quotas through wise counsel to the incoming government of General Muhhamadu Buhari and to hand over to the next generation an egalitarian society were history, humanity and posterity will be just, fair and kind to him.
I urge all well meaning sons and daughters of Idoma irrespective of party affiliation, religious inclination, social stratification, cultural identity and economic standing/pedigree to pray for the President elect to lead us to the promise land were milk and honey flows and were insurgency has no place, unemployment remains a stranger and were corruption is banished for good.
Chief Audu Ogbeh has also assured Idoma youths protesting the killing of their kith and kin of a lasting solution to the recurrent crises that has claimed thousands of lives and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed through the the importation of grasses for ranches from brazil. kudos the Honorable minister of Agriculture and rural development and the grand patron of Nigerian farmers.