My encounter with Mr President
THE decision to recount my encounter with the president while he was governor of Bayelsa State is borne out of the compelling need to do a minor background check on him which may afford us the opportunity to juxtapose his behavioural pattern before he became president and his current style of administration.
Like every other person, my travail in politics is fraught with pieces of experience sometimes palatable and other times nauseating through the privilege of association with people in positions of authority .But one thing stands out which is the fact that I have had to hallow such privilledges by throwing in every thing in my possession humanly possible in other to sustain any political relationship regarding such to be a learning and sowing process because sowing begets reaping.
However, as a student of political behaviour I have found some experiences intriguing when analysed alongside prevalent political culture. One of such was my encounter with Governor Jonathan on whom providence had deposited the responsibility of piloting the affairs of Bayelsa State in the absence of Alamiesiegha who was paying his political dues at the time. This opportunity came when Dr Alex Ekwueme with whom I was working took me and a few security details to Yenagoa on the occasion of a book launch specifically that of the chief judge of the state at that time .
Quite frankly, during the period I worked with the former vice president, I was opportuned to meet many important people while we were regarded and treated as special guests at every event or place we visited during which we flew around in one of the presidential jets but in that very instance I did not know what awaited us until we got to the border line between Bayelsa and Rivers states where a government delegation, including the chief judge whose book launch had brought us to Bayelsa, was detailed by the governor to usher us into Bayelsa from where we were escorted to the Government House into a warm reception by the governor and his wife who wasted no time in accommodating us at the presidential lodge next to his modest lodge.
To cut the story short, as we got in upstairs I noticed the full giant portrait of the former Governor Alamiesiegha in the sitting room and I pinched myself with the question is this not the picture of the wanted governor and from that moment I began to experience the rare kind of humility exhibited by this gentleman politician who left no stone unturned in making sure that his numerous guests which included governor and a team who were in the state on the official assignment to reconcile political squabbles of dissenting voices among the politicians in that state
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