His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state and his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) made a mistake by inaugurating the governor’s re-election campaign team led by Chief Sir Victor Umeh. He would have waited a little after the APGA primary. Most of the people in the team aren’t supposed to be there. A story for another day though.
But Oseloka Obaze, known as OHO is set to take over Anambra state in November this year. His swag is already pontificating in that direction. He is a well-travelled diplomat par excellence with all the pedigrees of a good leader. He has served under three presidents including President Shagari, General Buhari and President Babangida. His credential is to say the least intimidating and best described as the only credible leadership alternative for Anambra State this time. Though, he has a contender in Mr Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo of the PPA.
Obaze, an astute leader, visionary, technocrat, good governance and policy expert and a tested public administrator of high integrity, focus, humility and diligence is Anambra’s best choice for 2017! He won’t be an accidental leader!!
Watching him speak extempore at the WADATA Plaza of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) office with members of National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi admiring him talking about the new narratives in Anambra PDP and his resolve to not only add value but to take on the gauntlet of aggressively unifying the party members and campaigning vigorously to win the 2017 Governorship election.
Obaze, a writer, poet and policy analyst has authored two books, “Regarscent
Past: A Collection of Poems” (2015), Here To Serve (2016). He even has Prime Witness: Change and Policy Challenges in Buhari’s Nigeria (2017).
Let me not dwell on Obaze’s history and exploits as International Civil Servant with Distinction but his 21 years as a Political Affairs Officer in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs (PSCA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York was outstanding.
Obaze who has resolved that women would play critical role in his administration if elected for good governance was categorical about her mother: “I’m a product of a woman’s tutelage. So if people consider that I’m good, it is because of the woman who raised me.”
He said his government, if elected come November 18, will have a 60/40 gender parity ratio.
Obaze wants to govern for 4 years and clear the ‘mess’ his brother Obiano has done with governance and on that he predicated five (5) principles including Authentic Continuity, which is Provide authentic continuity and consolidation of all gains. He has fifteen (15) core areas encompassing activities and deliverables in tandem with UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Can he deliver and clear his brother’s mess?
Obaze’s wife, Dr. Ofunne Obaze, a consultant paediatrician is counting on the strength of women and youths not excluding men to actualize her husband’s dream. Obaze’s team is almost everywhere now subtly selling himself further. With PDP zoning its candidate Anambra North, Obaze sure is the luckiest Aspirant in PDP coasting home victorious, though not yet Uhuru.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.