Ahead of the 2015 House of Representatives poll, the Benue State political arena has been electrified since debonair business tycoon; Christian A. Adabah joined the fray. In this interview with Our Correspondent, Uche Nnorom, the Assistant Director of Abba Elizabeth Educational Support Services (AEESSS) Odoba Otukpa in Benue state, Sonia Abbah speaks on the PDP aspirant’s chances in the forthcoming race and other pertinent issues.
You are one of those in Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State who have been trumpeting the virtues of Chris Abah; what inspired this?
The inspiration is anchored on the Bible’s admonition that we should give unto Caesar what is due to him. Over the years I, like thousands of others, have watched with keen interest the manner this gentleman has been impacting on many individuals and groups, nay communities here in Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State and far beyond, using his personal resources.
For instance, he has donated uncountable number of transformers to various communities, electrified others, and built flats for several poor families. This is aside from the world class property he has just constructed for St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Odoba Otukpa. If an individual can do so much for his people with his own personal resources, we can only imagine what he can do when he is in a position to use our common wealth for the progress and development of not just Ogbadibo, bur “Zone C” (Idoma land) as a whole.
With such outstanding qualities, why did he not make it in the past, and what gives you confidence that he will win this time?
Well, it’s an open secret that Hon Chris Adabah was coasting home to victory in the last general election before enemies of progress aborted his dream over spurious claims which, thank God, have since been exposed as baseless and wicked fabrications. Like our people say, falsehood may gallop for many miles, but truth would surely overtake it and prevail. And that’s exactly what has happened in this noble gentleman’s case.
And now that the coast is clear for him and his famous “Service Project 2015” (as his campaign outfit is fondly called) I have no doubt that he shall triumph with a landslide come 2015. With due respect to his opponents, Hon Chris (a.k.a Mad Lion) is the man we in Idoma land are yearning for to take us to the proverbial Promised Land.
That nickname (“Mad Lion”) sounds interesting; what must have…..
(Cuts in) Indeed, it’s a remarkable nickname, remarkable in the sense that it embodies the essential Chris Adabah, a self-made man who started from the scratch to the apex of his chosen profession; a quintessential grass-to-grace story. Despite his humble background, he had what USA President Barrack Obama called “audacity of hope”. With faith, hope, courage and determination, he has sparkled like a million stars at a relatively young age. His story is an inspiration for all of us particularly the younger generation.
In other words, his life, his entrepreneurship and his heart of gold (as evident in the uncommon philanthropy which has earned him universal acclaim and love) all these virtues point of the probability that with a man like him at the National Assembly, unprecedented transformation will definitely be witnessed across the land within a relatively short period of time.
With the array of aspirants jostling for the PDP ticket, do you think “Mad Lion” can win the contest?
Of course! As said earlier, with due respect to the other aspirants, I sincerely don’t think any of them can compete with Hon. Chris in terms of pedigree, popularity, service to community, and so forth. Indeed, he stands out like an Iroko tree when compared with the rest of them.
The National Assembly, mind you, is not a place for upstarts and starry-eyed, inexperienced politicians, but tested and trusted leaders such as Hon. Chris. Come to think of it, Ogbadibo, Okpokwu and Ado LGAs in particular and “Zone C” in general has been denied of quality representation for too long.
Against this backdrop, it goes without saying that with a man like “Mad Lion” at the helm of affairs ( so to say) our level would inexorably change sooner than later. Hence, some of us feed that the least we could do is to mobilize as much support as we can for this visionary and dynamic gentleman and his ilk. It’s about time we as a people enthroned God-fearing and selfless politicians rather than corrupt and selfish political jobbers.