Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP aka JOEFEL: “A Shift from the Honeyed Deception of Politicians”


Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP aka JOEFEL: “A Shift from the Honeyed Deception of Politicians”

According to Euripides, the a Greek Tragedian, “when one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” What the tragedian meant was that it’s high time societies deemphasized on rhetorics, than on practical and measurable reality.

Euripides’ notion finds expression in the third world, or what is today known as the global south (Africa inclusive), where politics is being equated with deception, mendacity and zero- sum game- which winners take all.

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It is however encouraging to know that there are few persons, such as Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP, aka JOEFEL, Esan Central, Esan West and Igueben Federal Constituency preferred candidate to take over the mantle come 2023, and others in his genre, who have made truth and honesty, the bedrock of their leadership endeavors. Honesty, in this connection, refers to, honor gained by action or conduct.

On the other hand, deception is “the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid, what is false and invalid”. Cognitive Psychologists believe that lies by politicians impact voters’ behavior: lies can be used to get others to form false beliefs and garner their support, but it’s benefits is usually short lived.

Deception is also one of the sources of political violence and instability in the Nigeria. For instance, the Niger Delta insurgency, the persistent riots and conflict in the North East part of Nigeria and the prevailing poverty and inequalities, cannot be divorced from insincerity and honeyed deceptions of the political elite.

In the buildup to the the 2023 House of Representatives election in Edo State, cases of aspirants who have no antecedent of accountability, honesty, progressiveness, and humility abound. Some of them have held political offices in the last 20 years, but have no traceable evidence of possessing genuine concern for the people they wish to lead. There is no traceable investment of even their loot among their ranks. Epistemologically speaking, human beings are what they repeatedly do.

One question that requires an answer is, does the number of years a political figure spends in public offices translate into the common good- with no concomitant betterment in their living standard? What this means is that the mere holding of political offices doesn’t solve the governance/ leadership and development crisis.

Citizens also expect ethical and responsible conduct from politicians and public administrators. Teddy Roosevelt, former Governor of the New York, observed that, “honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest we have no right to keep him in public life.”

Taking cognizance of Roosevelt’s opinion, one cannot agree more with him that honesty is an ingredient of governance. It means that political wisdom – veiled with deception and vindictiveness as is clearly visible among the current holders of power who believed that they can not engage in any other reasonable venture other than politics – is not enough to sustain the momentum of deceptive and pretentious peace currently being enjoyed in Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency. In this regard, Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP aka JOEFEL, is a shift from the honeyed deception of political figures.

What makes JOEFEL different from other HOR aspirants in Old Okpebholo Federal Constituency? The HOR election of 2023 seems to have job creation and entrepreneurial development as the main talking points. In this regard, JOEFEL outranks every other aspirant, in terms of antecedent.

Having grown the Supreme Hotels from just ten (10) rooms into an enviable conglomerate (with numerous subsidiaries) that has over 350 persons in its employ in 2022, and with a wage bill of over 10-Million naira monthly. Akhabue Farms he started with 20 birds now grown to over 35,000 birds, Joefel-Supreme supermarket and Pharmacy, JOEFEL Cold Room, all making JOEFEL Supreme Conglomerate with all the investment domicile in his senatorial district. Its indubitably true that he would replicate such feat in the Old Okpebholo Federal Constituency (Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency), as member House of Representatives. This record is unbeatable, as one is yet to present any other aspirant who can match this feat.

Also, international capital or Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and other development partners are looking for concerted and determined answers; and these can only be provided by a truthful and honest servant leader in the genre of *Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP aka JOEFEL. Truth is, career political figures would subject the peace and unity and development of our Federal Constituency to their drive for political vendetta — may God forbid.

As Member of the House of Representatives from May 2023, JOEFEL will use his reputational advantage to deepen honesty in the political system and social structure. This is because, lies and deception lead to the erosion of social trust.

Therefore supporting Hon. (Dr). Felix Godsent Akhabue, JP aka JOEFEL to take the mantle would translates into passing on a sense of the value of honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility to the next generation of Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben people.

Let’s voluntarily and committedly Support, Nominate, and vote Hon. Felix GODSENT Akhabue, aka Joefel to represent us at the Federal House of Representatives come 2023, and in which process begins now.

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