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Towards A Vibrant And Sustainable Political Culture Of Development: The Need For A Bipartisan Approach to Politics in Bayelsa — By Jeremiah Owoupele

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We must clearly recognize that overriding fact that we are first Bayelsa people before being apostles of political parties. Our brothers in the APC must understand that their recognition in our society must stem from their ability to harness their position to better the lot of our people; only such evidence will give them the needed credentials to seek our collective support in the coming political season. This equally applies to the PDP in delivering her key mandate in governance.

 

 

In writing this piece , I draw huge inspiration from the unrelenting and commendable actions of a few youthful Bayelsans who have in spite of her strong affiliations and undisputed party loyalty kept the place of our development a priority and have continued to advocate for rightful approaches in governance both at the state and federal level . They are the beautiful ones in our midst who clearly understood the eternal concept of democracy in its intrinsic and extrinsic form.

In the last couple of months there seem to be a clear drastic change in the quest for youthful participation in governance and politics . Although our credentials and ability to deliver seems to be another debate but what is sacrosanct is the overwhelming need to deepen and change the narrative of political participation by the right kind of people.

Democracy is the government of the people by the people and for the people. This international acceptable definition seems not to be true in this part of the world as some elected representatives clearly are not conversant with this aphorism neither do they show any desire to embrace same.

But more importantly is the deep rooted place of party loyalty in preference for the ideal of delivering the political goals in elective offices. This has indeed been our greatest scourge as a people who are desirous of positive change in governance. It is this vice that has conceived this piece as our efforts will be mere lips service if we do not take conscious steps to correct this anormally.

The need to have effective leadership must be seen, approached and accepted from a patriotic point of orientation. We must be objective in eradicating this malaise in our polity. Thus I am recommending a bipartisan approach if we do intend to record any success in 2019.

I have written some time ago that criticism is a key and unavoidable essential element in participatory democracy. This is because the absence of this element breeds dictatorship and ineffective governance. Critics constitute the third eye which scrutinize and offer constructive alternative to perceived wrong policy formulation and implantation. This is inevitable if the dreams of Dubai and Rome are to be achieved in our state and beyond.

As youth leaders we must imbibe such characteristics that encourages healthy debates among contending political forces, appraisal and commendation of positive approaches that gives birth to positive results and also constructively criticize policies that are antithetical to our collective future and aspirations as a people.

This is the need for a BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO OUR POLITICAL ISSUES.

We must move beyond blind party affiliations and be absolutely responsible to the Bayelsa electorate and her vast expectations in governance as their hopes are premised largely on the success of the government of the day. We must be brothers and see things from such a perspective that places premium on the people and recognize successes and failures and address such with all amount of objectivity.

We must clearly recognize that overriding fact that we are first Bayelsa people before being apostles of political parties. Our brothers in the APC must understand that their recognition in our society must stem from their ability to harness their position to better the lot of our people; only such evidence will give them the needed credentials to seek our collective support in the coming political season. This equally applies to the PDP in delivering her key mandate in governance.

It’s now inevitable for us as youths to chart a new course of action devoid of acrimony but a conscious step towards key deliverables to engender greater acceptability in governance. Let us eschew enmity but embrace brotherhood and collective approach to issues with a high sense of maturity and patriotism to our collective dream of a GREATER BAYELSA FOR THE IJAW PEOPLE

It’s my dream that we will make a great difference and change the narrative and deepen our sense of responsibility and obligations to our people. This in my opinion is the right track towards sustainable development of our state.

In concluding this piece let me commend the activities of a few people who have expressed this gene in them in terms of relationships and discharging their mandates with such air of GREAT PATRIOTISM. HON Tonye Emmanuel Isenah HON ISRAEL SUNNY . This two have demonstrated such credentials that are unparalleled and thus has inspired such quantum and scope of love and acceptance that is beyond party lines.

It’s my hope that such starling qualities and patriotic virtues will be seen more in our polity today tomorrow and beyond . And that is the sign of not only maturity but the clear understanding of the philosophy of democracy and service towards a better society and political participation.

This inevitably doesn’t mean that they aren’t loyal to their parties but that they have a better understanding of service and places greater premium on the people after election .

A Bipartisan approach offers a great opportunity towards a greater, safer, better and United Bayelsa.

JP OWOUPELE is the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Scholarship and Students Welfare

 

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