OJU/OBI FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY: AND DAVID DARES ‘GOLIATH’ AGAIN?

 

By Onword Okpole

Those who are not close to Hon. David Akobi Aduma are most likely to underrate him. His appearance is as natural and simple as that of the man next door. He is a man of few words and, sometimes, makes you strain your ears to pick up what he is saying. He walks so softly as if the ground would cave in if he marches harder on it. In his quietude, Aduma does not cut the image of the typical Nigerian politician that is noted for his attentionseeking sweet-talk, rabble-rousing and showmanship.

Yet, behind this façade of simplicity and ordinariness lie the stellar qualities of an effective leader: ability to listen more and talk less; belief in the superiority of action over words;  patience, empathy and courage. You may not notice these qualities in Aduma until you entrust him with responsibility. Those who have encountered this man from Otunche-Anchim at close quarters, especially when he is called upon to speak at functions as the eldest son of Igede (Ada-Ocheche), could testify to how he has ably and carefully chosen his words. These are heavily laden with knowledge, intelligence, wisdom and humour. Aduma has demonstrated these leadership traits in the Methodist Church where he worships and in the workplace across the local government areas in Benue state where he has served in the accounts department for most of his working career. 42422070_10212646977238288_8928513293509722112_n

Before taking any decision or action, Aduma is as calculative as the accountant that he is, as patient as the civil servant that he was, and as courageous as his Biblical namesake, David, who challenged the mighty giant, Goliath,  who was armed to the teeth, with a mere sling. His decision to join the race for the House of Representatives to represent Oju/Obi federal constituency exemplifies all these attributes. In the midst of the din over who was in or out of the race for the position, Aduma, who recently voluntarily retired from government service, remained stoically quiet not only about a possible career in politics but also about his intention to contest. He patiently allowed the incumbent to enjoy the feeling and prospect of being returned as the sole and unopposed candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the office. Just when Rt. Hon. Samson Okwu, the current holder, started a carnival-like celebration of his victory as the unchallenged candidate of the PDP, accompanied by bus loads of uniformed ‘supporters’, with live bands in tow, all the the way from Oju and Obi to Makurdi, Aduma sprung a surprise. He quietly headed for Abuja to purchase his nomination form which he submitted just before the close of the deadline for the sale of the forms. Those who could not believe that any David from Oju could dare challenge the mighty financial Goliath of Obi were dumfounded and started to conjure the self-consoling story that Okwu is the one sponsoring Aduma’s aspiration. The purpose is to mock Aduma and for Okwu to feel the fun of having a practice partner on the PDP platform.

But the truth is that this David has thrown his hat into the ring for the battle for the Obi/Oju House of Representatives seat on the platform of PDP and the world, especially the Igede nation, must pay attention. This is not a practice match. It is a real political battle. It is a battle between those who believe that money, rather common sense, the common good and brotherhood of the Igede people, should drive the politics of our land. It is a battle that pitches those who believe in fairness and equity and other cherished values of the Igede tradition against those who believe money is everything. It is one between those who believe that political power should be shared and moved around in the spirit of the one-ness of the Igede people and those who believe that any one with huge bank account balances should corner it forever. That is the battle that David has summoned the courage to wage. And it is one he strongly believes he can win, with the backing of the right-thinking and fairminded people of Igede nation and God Almighty.

But who is this challenger extra-ordinaire? David Akobi Aduma was born in 1965 to the family of Aduma Utah and Jerina Utah of Otunche- Anchim. He attended Wesley Transfer School (now LGEA School Anchim Centre and obtained his First School certificate in 1977. He proceeded to Government secondary Shool Ikachi as a pioneer student and obtained G.C.E/S.C in 1983. In 1984, he enrolled at the School of Basic Studies (SBS) Makurdi and obtained IJMB in 1986. That same year, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and graduated in 1989 with a B.SC Accounting degree. In 2005, he sat for ANAN and became a National Charted Accountant (NCA). He attended numerous professional and leadership courses where he developed his professional and  leadership skills.

After his National Youth Service (NYSC) with the Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation in 1989/90, aduma joined the Local Government Service in 1991/92 as Accountant !!. Between then and 2011, Aduma served in seven other local government areas, including Ogbadibo, Obi,, Apa,, Gboko, Ado, Okpokwu and Gwer East at various times as internal Auditor and Local Government Treasurer.  During that period, he performed many special, sensitive and tasking assignments including:

 Member, Staff Rationalization Exercise in Oju LGC (1994)  Member, Panel on Former Directors of Personnel in Oju LGC   Member, Committee of recovery of Local Government Properties in Oju LGC (o1996)  Member/Secretary, Committee on OjuLGC Liabilities and Assets,  Member, Manpower Audit of Ogbadibo LGEA and Treasurer (1999)  Member/Secretary, Committee on Revenue Generation and Accountabilities in Ogbadibo LGA  Member/Secretary, Manpower Audit of Obi LGEA (2001)  Member/Secretary, Updating of Financial Records/Accounts in Obi LGC (2001)  Member/secretary, Revenue Generation and Accountabilities in Obi LGC (2002)

 Member/Secretary Project Verification Committee in Oju LGC (2007)  Member, Roofing Committee, Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) Ihiejwo, Ukp Circuit (2009).

In recognition of invaluable service to state, church and community, Aduma who retired voluntarily recently to enable him serve serve his people in the House of representatives, was accorded the various recognitions:  Merit award by Obi LGC for Honesty and outstanding and Excellent service (!st May, 2002)  Merit Award of Excellence for great strikes that culminated in the growth and development of Methodist Church in Igede land by youth department, M.C.N Diocese of Igede  Merit Award (Fellow) for tireless support and love for the youth fellowship, Ukpa Circuit (2008)  Merit Award for Dedication and Commitment to service by National Union of Igede students (NUIS), University of Agriculture, Makurdi (2007)  Merit Award for Human empowerment and Philanthropy by International Impact Maker association (IIMA), 2008  Award of Officer of the Order of the Wesley (OOW) by Methodist Church Nigeria (2009)  Merit Award for Human Services and Community Development by Anchim Developmet Association (2010)  Merit award of Excellence for Human Empowerment and Community Development by Igede Youth Council (2010)  Distinguished Leadership in National Developm,ent Gold award (D’LINGA) in recognition of his contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria by Corporate and media Africa Communications Limited (2010).

Aduma’s philanthropic activities, driven by his generosity of heart, have touched numerous individuals, communities, organizations and political groups in Igede land and beyond. Stories of his open-handedness

have been spreading across the state, especially in the local governments areas where he has served, in the Methodist Church family. Those whose lives have been touched by his giving spirit say that if he could.

With this rich academic, career and social background, Aduma whose marriage to is blessed with children,  is evidently well prepared and ready to take the political leadership of Igede nation to a new level. He promises to:

 Lobby relevant authorities and liaise with parliamentary colleagues and other stakeholders to construct/complete federal roads in Igede land as well as attract other infrastructure to his constituency (Obi/Oju)  Facilitate the establishment of at least a Federal school or any other federal institution in Igede land  Facilitate the establishment of a High Court in Igede land  Vocal representation on the floor of the House and visibility in the media  Facilitate employment of Igede sons and daughters in federal establishments   Establish and promote schemes for women and youth empowerment  Promote Igede unity, culture and values of hard work, honesty and brotherly love .

 

 

 

 

 

Profile

David Akobi Aduma was born in 1965 to the family of Aduma Utah and Jerina Utah of Otunche- Anchim. He attended Wesley Transfer School (now LGEA School Anchim Centre and obtained his First School certificate in 1977. He proceeded to Government secondary Shool Ikachi as a pioneer student and obtained G.C.E/S.C in 1983. In 1984, he enrolled at the School of Basic Studies (SBS) Makurdi and obtained IJMB in 1986. That same year, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and graduated in 1989 with a B.SC Accounting degree. In 2005, he sat for ANAN and became a National Charted Accountant (NCA). He attended numerous professional and leadership courses where he developed his professional and  leadership skills.

After his National Youth Service (NYSC) with the Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation in 1989/90, aduma joined the Local Government Service in 1991/92 as Accountant !!. Between then and 2011, Aduma served in seven other local government areas, including Ogbadibo, Obi,, Apa,, Gboko, Ado, Okpokwu and Gwer East at various times as internal Auditor and Local Government Treasurer.  During that period, he performed many special, sensitive and tasking assignments including:

 Member, Staff Rationalization Exercise in Oju LGC (1994)  Member, Panel on Former Directors of Personnel in Oju LGC   Member, Committee of recovery of Local Government Properties in Oju LGC (o1996)  Member/Secretary, Committee on OjuLGC Liabilities and Assets,  Member, Manpower Audit of Ogbadibo LGEA and Treasurer (1999)  Member/Secretary, Committee on Revenue Generation and Accountabilities in Ogbadibo LGA  Member/Secretary, Manpower Audit of Obi LGEA (2001)  Member/Secretary, Updating of Financial Records/Accounts in Obi LGC (2001)  Member/secretary, Revenue Generation and Accountabilities in Obi LGC (2002)

 Member/Secretary Project Verification Committee in Oju LGC (2007)  Member, Roofing Committee, Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) Ihiejwo, Ukp Circuit (2009).

 

In recognition of invaluable service to state, church and community, Aduma who retired voluntarily recently to enable him serve serve his people in the House of representatives, was accorded the various recognitions:  Merit award by Obi LGC for Honesty and outstanding and Excellent service (!st May, 2002)  Merit Award of Excellence for great strikes that culminated in the growth and development of Methodist Church in Igede land by youth department, M.C.N Diocese of Igede  Merit Award (Fellow) for tireless support and love for the youth fellowship, Ukpa Circuit (2008)  Merit Award for Dedication and Commitment to service by National Union of Igede students (NUIS), University of Agriculture, Makurdi (2007)  Merit Award for Human empowerment and Philanthropy by International Impact Maker association (IIMA), 2008  Award of Officer of the Order of the Wesley (OOW) by Methodist Church Nigeria (2009)  Merit Award for Human Services and Community Development by Anchim Developmet Association (2010)  Merit award of Excellence for Human Empowerment and Community Development by Igede Youth Council (2010)  Distinguished Leadership in National Developm,ent Gold award (D’LINGA) in recognition of his contribution to the socio-economic development of Nigeria by Corporate and media Africa Communications Limited (2010).

Aduma’s philanthropic activities, driven by his generosity of heart, have touched numerous individuals, communities, organizations and political groups in Igede land and beyond. Stories of his open-handedness

have been spreading across the state, especially in the local governments areas where he has served, in the Methodist Church family. Those whose lives have been touched by his giving spirit say that if he could.

With this rich academic, career and social background, Aduma whose marriage to is blessed with children,  is evidently well prepared and ready to take the political leadership of Igede nation to a new level. He promises to:

 Lobby relevant authorities and liaise with parliamentary colleagues and other stakeholders to construct/complete federal roads in Igede land as well as attract other infrastructure to his constituency (Obi/Oju)  Facilitate the establishment of at least a Federal school or any other federal institution in Igede land  Facilitate the establishment of a High Court in Igede land  Vocal representation on the floor of the House and visibility in the media  Facilitate employment of Igede sons and daughters in federal establishments   Establish and promote schemes for women and youth empowerment  Promote Igede unity, culture and values of hard work, honesty and brotherly love.

 

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