Just as the popular response to the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) slogan “Power to the people” affirms a strong stance that the power of democracy resides with the people, it is convincing they are a determining factor that defines our democratic principles. Why then should the people not be given a rightful place in the scheme of things as far as development and good governance is concerned? It is unarguably factual that there is a greater need to strategically position the people, especially in Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency cum Edo Central for a better and prosperous future, where they are made self-reliant in all spheres of life.

As we prepare for the party’s primaries and the 2023 National Assembly election in the Edo state, there has been serious debate in some quarters based on who becomes the next House of Representatives member to represent Esan Central, Esan West and Igueben Federal Constituency when the current administration expires. Regarding the foregoing, political gladiators have presented themselves for the job and ever since the road map campaign blueprint for the old Okpebholo was unveiled by the most preferred and frontline actor in this race, *Hon. (Dr.) Felix Godsent Akhabue JP aka JOEFEL,* it became pronounced that he was ready and prepared to deliver dividends of democracy to the people, when he came up with the mantra of *“Building and Growing together”* with the people.


Indubitably, Hon. Felix Akhabue has contributed positively over the years in public service as a competent and sound Representative of the People whose antecedents hold a prominent place in the notepad of history. And in his desire to advance this superlative delivery in public service, he has made his campaign blueprint very clear, people-oriented, and in trust to building them for what lies ahead. Hon. Akhabue, impresses nothing but the willingness to be responsible and accountable to the people.

It could be recalled that barely a week ago, JOEFEL, who is seen by so many old Okpebholo people as the most prepared aspirant for the race, the bridge between the past, the present and the future, had during his formal declaration, pointed out his intention to prioritise investing in human capital development, to improve skills and empower the people of the constituency to grow, while also working on the other hand, to improve on infrastructural development, as well as attracting foreign / external direct investments to the three local government areas. This clearly affirmed the words of Bill Gates that “In the long run, a nation’s human capital is the main base of competition— a leading indicator of where it is going to be years from the present”

Against this background, it is important to draw our attention to some basic points why JOEFEL’s campaign blue print is anchored on building the people and growing with them.

First, the JOEFEL blue print project and its campaign understands that in building the people, a solid foundation is laid for growth and sustainability. It is imperative to note that the people comes before any other thing and issues affecting their growth and development should not be trivialised or politicised. By virtue of what is contained in the blueprint, developing a robust framework to invest in human capital development and in other critical areas of importance is a course without guile, and with pure purpose. The JOEFEL blue print project came at the right time to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life. Though the present situation maybe stormy, we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.

Secondly, positioning the people advantageously in key sectors to access better opportunities. In the words of Abraham Lincoln to the US Congress on July 4, 1861, “The people will save their government, if the government itself will do its part only indifferently well”. In line with the foregoing, the blue print knows the value and importance of the people and why building them remains top of the list. It is factual that when the people are taught how to fish, it is far better than giving them fish, and with the knowledge of how to fish comes and the principles of multiple catch that could in turn, have a multiplying effect on the economy of constituency when our common GOALs are actualised. When the people are empowered, they are at advantageous positions to contribute positively to government programmes, policies and projects in key sectors.

Thirdly, building and growing with the people means promoting brilliant ideas for collective benefits. The JOEFEL blue print is people-oriented desires to place premium on promoting, projecting brilliant ideas that could better be harnessed for effective management of our resources in the long run. As a people full of potentials and ingenuity, we must stand our ground to support this noble course to the end and for that Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency of our dreams.

Summarily, the above points are just few and a tip on the ice berg of what the JOEFEL Blue Print has in stock for the people of old Okpebholo among all social classes. May God help us as electorates not to take decisions that will make this opportunity miss us. Made simply, the JOEFEL Blue Print project stands for building the people to be self-reliant– being a major investment any government that is growth and development minded can make. Therefore, let our people, as a matter of concern, rise to embrace this sign of new dawn, reject and resist any attempt to mortgage our future for a pot of porridge and suffer the consequences for another four years and beyond.

As someone from the constituency, I go for the JOEFEL Blue Print Project. You too can join the train to a better future, where we shall build and grow together.

==== Let’s Nominate, Support & Vote *Hon. (Dr.) Felix Godsent Ehiguese Akhabue, JP, aka JOEFEL* as member of House of Representatives, to Represent the People of Esan West, Esan Central, & Igueben Federal Constituency come 2023 — and the Process begins Now.

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