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Senator Amosun: A case study of hard work-induced political stardom

7th Oct, 2019 | By Sennen Udoh | ||

There is an old maxim which admits that "some people are born with greatness bestowed on them", and another which posits that "some are born with silver spoon in their mouth". Yet there is the saying which acknowledges in unmistakable terms that "some greatness or stardom are attained by dint of hard work".

Arguably, by sheer analytical instinct and providential twist of fate, many Nigerians seem to have fallen under the first and second categories whose emergence are a function of natural endowment thrust upon them by God. A combination of these two time-honoured sayings have found fulfillment in the firmament of big-time royal palaces and captains of Organized Private Sector where the biological siblings, children or relatives of such personalities automatically inherit material possessions of their parents, uncles, and so on.

The third comparative maxim which arguably seems to have earned acceptability in the court of public opinion is that which appreciates hard work as a means of attaining greatness or stardom, though by the grace of God. X-rayed within the prism of logical realism, many successful politicians in Nigeria tend to key into this school of thought and ideological plank with ease because of the value attached to hard work, industry, strength of faith and confidence.

The likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, all of blessed memory, readily come to mind when we commit to the annals of history those who have beaten the path in this aspect. As one beams a searchlight on the political personalities who have arguably attained stardom or greatness by dint of hard work, the pendulum swings in favour of some politicians of distinction: political gladiators of the 21st century who have cut double accomplishments in both the legislative and the executive arms of government.

These include (but not limited to) Senator David Mark, the longest ever serving Nigerian Senate President; Senator Sam Egwu, a governor-turned senator from Ebonyi State; Senator Godswill Akpabio, the 'uncommon transforming' former governor and immediate past senator from Akwa Ibom State; Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, former Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, former governor of Rivers State and incumbent Minister from the oil-producing state; Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Senator Ibrahim Kwankwaso, former governor and Senator-emeritus of Kano State, among others.

This is the special specie of Nigerian politicians bred and nurtured in the tenets of industry and hard work who sojourned from grass to grace; from seeming narrow corridors to 'highway or expressway' of stardom. Whichever way one looks at it, Senator Ibikunle Amosun is an epic lawmaker of distinction who has swum through both the murky waters of legislative activism and cesspool of executive divide to stardom. Currently a ranking senator in the 9th Senate, Senator Amosun, representing Ogun Central, is the immediate past governor of Ogun State and a Senator for the same state. He is a case study in political stardom driven by hard work, single-minded purpose, and positive providential twist of fate. As a keen follower of the political track record of the Ogun state politician, Senator Amosun comes across as a large-hearted extrovert who, starting his political sojourn as a relatively youthful activist, contested and won election into the National Assembly as a Senator in 2003.

During his first tenure as the federal legislator, he excelled in executing many constituency projects such as provision of borehole water, award of scholarship to his constituents, especially the less privileged putting smiles on the faces of the needy through special grants created for this purpose; rehabilitation of bad roads in Ogun Central Senatorial District; and identifying with public-spirited functions and projects designed to positively transform the lives of his constituents. The litany of his people-oriented achievements is so numerous to capture in black and white.

Interestingly, when after his first tenure in the National Assembly as a senator, the accountant-turned politician mustered courage and contested the governorship election in Ogun State under the platform of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2007, he leveraged on his initial senatorial achievements. Though, the first attempt at securing governorship in Ogun State failed, Senator Amosun remained undaunted. By this time, tis reporter was still covering the National Assembly for Abuja Today newspaper (the precursor to Abuja Digest Weekly) and by God's grace I happened to be on his campaign train at Abeokuta and Aiyetoro. At the time, one could see the courage, bravado, and charisma of this youthful politician who radiated much confidence and received love from Ogun State people.

Given his antecedents as the people's senator, his ambition to become governor of Ogun State was actualized in 2011 when he successfully contested the second time for the exalted political position. Unknown to him, his actualized ambition not only launched him to limelight but brought forth the salient lesson that hard work, achievements, and resilient ambition are the inseparable bedfellows working amicably together to broker a successful breakthrough in any venture in life. Thus, notwithstanding any frailties identified with his eight-year two-term administration, which is human, he is reputed to have replicated and even expanded his achievements at the state level before re- launching a comeback to the hallowed chambers of the Senate as a ranking senator.

Senator Amosun remains a staunch loyalist of the nation's ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. As the current Chairman, Senator Committee on Capital Market, he stands out as one politician who firmly believes that the ideology of hard work, achievements and ambition are the tripartite attributes that a man requires to attain political limelight. His hard work-induced life profile, galvanized by strength of faith in God and in himself, presents him as a typical case study in political dynamics and stardom.

News Update

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