Every election year, brings about the good, the bad and the ugly.
Edo State politics is no different from such variance of politicking in the build-up to most elections cut across the whims and Caprices.
Stakeholders depend on those leading the lines to build a perceived advantage against authority or opponent with all sorts of negative or positive Criticisms.
But In Politics, understanding and measuring political leadership is a complex business.
Although, we all have ideas of what makes ‘good’ leadership, but are often complex, contradictory, and more than a little partisan.
The varying qualities border on skills, getting things done, Managing a society, conceptualizing the accumulation of resources, power built through relationships, trust, goodwill, and influence between politicians or parties and other stakeholders, such as constituents.
From Machiavelli onwards, we have wrestled with our ideas of what a perfect leader should look like and what makes them succeed or fail.
Taken the idea of ‘political capital’ into account, we can evaluate what sort of authority a leader is granted and how they choose to ‘spend’ their capital.
In a recent publication, precisely, April 30, 2020, a scripted opinion titled, “OSARODION OGIE; POLITICAL SCORPION IN THE POCKET, was accredited to JOHN OSAGIE, an acclaimed Public Affairs Commentator based in Benin City.
At the public domain, where the piece was deposited, it attracted Pool of diverse opinions.
In some quarters, many perceived it as a final straw to pull down the targeted Victim, Barr Osarodion Ogie.
Others in their own rights, also believed that there was no need to cast aspersion on him.
Those that believed that it was needless to do so, supported their arguments by asking if Ogie was contesting any nominal position that warrants such claims by the author.
The author who specified in his write up “Plenty of political frictions in Edo State”, Should be the only One, familiar with the high handedness, ingratitude, poor man-management, insincerity and a host of other deficiencies of Godwin Obaseki in his management of the affairs of Edo State some opinions deduced.
The generator of the commentary and his co-travellers, against Osarodion Ogie, and the state government should as well
Know that their pattern is no more in vogue but an unfashionable cafe, According to verities of opinions sorted.
Well, all these put together would cause other divergent opinions.
It is on record that, the pull-down-the syndrome is always available to explore by short sited political bandwagons and Scala-like Public Self acclaimed Commentators; who as well possess the capacity to steal from a moving fish in an ocean not minding the aftermath of their actions one Stanley Osagioduwa said.
However, the critic should be put on notice that, Patrick Eholor, Fondly known as “Ultimate Equal” has debunked such postulations.
Chief Eholor who visited the Journalists habitation recently, said the author acted on his own volitions; adding, “I have no hand in that piece to smear the name of Barrister Osarodion Ogie. That write up was not from me and I didn’t consent to it. I am going to debunk it because I can’t remember talking to anyone about that”.
Eholor frantically frowned at the gross misleading information and urged that it should be disregarded.
He warned against anybody, trying to stoke unpardonable crisis between him and Barrister Osarodion Ogie whom he described as his brother.
Away from the indecorous dispositions, In Barrister Osarodion Ogie, the incumbent State Secretary to the Edo State Government, one could think of a political capital leader whom stocks of ‘credit’ have accumulated within the ranks and files, the elites and gifted politicians.
Politicians are acutely aware of their finite stock of authority.
Academics have defined political capital in a variety of ways. It can be about trust, networks, and ‘moral’ or ethical reputation.
By incorporating many of these ideas, we have developed a notion of leadership capital as a measure of the extent to which political office-holder can effectively attain and wield authority.
And this presents us with an alternative method of comparing those who believe they can also become a leader at the beck and call of a cunning rat who decided to be the “Godfather” of politics in the state, thereby, setting others against the qualities of Ogie.
Possessing the right qualities of a political Manager is beyond seating out with city rolls with rapped-up weed,(Marijuana), smoking and buzzing with alcohol labels while planning to plunge the state into chaos.
But in reality, the modern act of governance is way more than a grain of opinion generated at best, smoking weeds and leaving with dangerous weapons to outsmart others.
Having leadership capital is an aggregate of three leadership components: skills, relations, and reputation.
Let’s work this into a Leadership Capital Index (LCI) with 10 simple variables to enable leaders to be scored, to capture both quantitative data and qualitative assessments.
Firstly, the measure of a leader’s skill refers to the required leadership abilities, from the communicative to the managerial and cognitive.
We include the power of a leader’s vision, their communication, and popularity.
The difficulty for many leaders is that they have, of course, some of these but not all.
Leadership is also a relational activity. Leaders mobilise support through loyalty from their colleagues, their party, and the public.
Part of the challenge is to retain these ties for as long as possible or, at least, as one scholar put it, to disappoint followers at a rate they can accept.
But how they do this, can depend on their leadership style.
The most obvious and talked about way is through personal charisma;
Osarodion Ogie compared to others who are now overnight leaders in Ikpoba Okha structure, offered what “JM Burns” famously termed, ‘transformational’ technocratic competence, and delivery leadership more in the style of Angela Merkel, suiting the cultural norms of his constituents, state and the context.
leadership is continually judged by reputation and Ogie has created his own positive performance measurements.
Looking across these three areas allows us to understand how they influence each other in ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ cycles.
Successful leaders communicate, achieve aims, and strengthen relations and reputation.
In reverse, failing leaders poorly communicate or never map out a vision, then often lose confidence, control, and credit.
Many commentators view the political management reforms of Ikpoba Okha local government with some scepticism, raising concerns about the desirability of stronger leadership and the efficacy of institutional reform in encouraging stronger leadership.
Using data from a near four-year evaluation of the impact of Osarodion Ogie in the Local Government and state, it is evidence suggesting that, institutional variation does influence the way that organisations operate.
It can have a positive impact on their performance, though the results are mixed with the internal decision-making elements showing the most difference, whilst there is less evidence of effects in relation to partnership working and engagement with the public.
In hung and balanced authorities, an internal focus on managing coalitions and party competitors is judged to impede the role of leaders in partnership working.
Outworn notions of leaders as dynamic, decisive, authoritarian, competitive and testosterone-charged individuals are not well suited to the complex environments found in most public policy sectors such as health, welfare, inequalities and climate change.
In contrast, system leadership requires well-developed skills of negotiation, consultation and political astuteness to enable collaborative direction-setting and decision-making with other stakeholders.
The task is primarily one of relationship building and working across diverse sectors and groups in the hope of achieving a common purpose.
Ogie has the qualities to muscle through and brings to fore dividends of democratic precedence.
That he has exhibited in his local government, through the Chairman, Hon Dr Eric Osayande.
Those that have closely work with him, knows more about his quite dispositions to achieving his aims.
For those calling for his removal, it is hysterical and is still in the era of thuggery dominations.
No sane government will leverage its wealth on thuggery and expect to deliver reforms to society.
Those still fraternizing with “Agberoism”, should come out and join forces with modernized reforms in continuation of the new era policies of his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Forming a parallel leadership could stay for a night, but can’t stand the test of time.
In essence, the ‘great man Agberoism’ theory of leadership goes for a while and later hit a snag.
But good and successful political leaders are regarded as those who are strong and lead from all sides.
Those who display a more collective and inclusive leadership are deemed to be weak and less successful.
Archie Brown’s illuminating book on political leadership merits revisiting at this time.
It exposes the myth of the strong leader in the modern age and challenges the widespread view that ‘strong leaders’ are the most successful and admirable.
Arguably, the last thing the state needs now is a strong leader of the type Barrister Osarodion Ogie is offering his flocks.
The wider literature on leadership has much to offer in any attempt to establish what sort of political leadership is not only desirable but also more likely to be effective in an increasingly complex and interrelated world.
The days of the ‘’great man Agberoism”, a leader who claims, or is expected, to know all the answers and galvanises everyone to act in accordance with their particular beliefs and preferences are long gone.
Such individuals, whatever they may claim, are generally ineffective and will usually fail.
Yet business has been at the forefront of thinking in regard to the leadership styles that are best suited to our times.
In Ogie, there is the servant leader or the quiet leader – who leads from behind and empower others to take the lead where appropriate.
Then there is the adaptive leader or the engaged leader who acknowledges that the challenges confronting governments fall into the category of ‘wicked problems’ which defy single bullet solutions.
Modern government is a messy complex system where issues overlap and where collaboration across departments and policy sectors is unavoidable.
Good leadership is not only about the individual qualities of the leader but also about enabling the whole system to be supportive of innovation, awareness and understanding of complexity, as well as an appreciation of the perspectives of different stakeholders.
Successful leaders understand complex adaptive systems and culture and the essential qualities needed for effective political leadership are discipline and sustainability.
Criticism of the overbearing or over-mighty leader should not be mistaken for an attack on leadership which has a vital role to perform. But the work of government is both complicated and complex and is not the result, or sole responsibility, of any single person.
However, the author in his post, try hard to justify his revelations through his baseless antics to give the unfortunate impression and rock the wheel of progress
The capture of his piece states that “About 2007 or so, Osarodion Ogie was the Manager to a Casino owned by the late Sam Iredia in Lagos and ran a shabby law practice by the side. One of his clients at that time is the Benin based human rights activist, Patrick Eholor, known as Ultimate Equal”.
“Ogie was in charge of collecting rent from some of Ultimate Equal’s properties in Lagos. Being a congenitally dishonest man, he converted most of the proceeds of rent to his own against the professional code of conduct of lawyers and as a demonstration of his unlimited shamelessness. Miffed by this theft, Ultimate Equal began to search for him. Ogie ran out of luck when Equal apprehended him and took him to his GRA house in Benin City. At the said House, Equal was so angry as Ogie could not account for the said proceeds of rent collected on behalf of Equal. Determined to teach Ogie a lesson of his life, Equal decided that Ogie should be locked up in a dog cage. It took the intervention of Hon. Thomas Okosun and Collins Ogiegbaen ( now NBA Benin Branch Chairman) to save Ogie from such open humiliation”.
The story looks fascinating but lacks the stirring edge to determine the personality of the man described.
In a piece accredited to the media spokesman, the office of the secretary to the state government Comrade Newton Osifo who spoke to a source recently said, Barrister Osarodion Ogie was not perturbed by detractors who goes about denting peoples’ image.
He assured Edo people that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration would not be distracted by the antics of some few outcasts of the party, promising to continue to deliver good governance to its citizens.
His Words: “The Secretary to the state government barrister Osarodion Ogie said the governor and his administration is working with the state Apc party structure to make the state party chapter the strongest in the country”.
Barrister Osarodion Ogie also said that thuggery would not be allowed in the party and the whole state.
Ogie also explained that there no internal crisis in Ikpoba-Okha non-APC members are trying to cause confusion in the party and the mind of the Edo people.
Fostering the cult of the leader does a disservice to the importance of the leadership function and good government.
Political leadership in the modern era is multifaceted and has to be seen in context.
Doubtless, the absence of demi-gods make life infinitely less interesting for sections of the media, but that is no great sacrifice.
What appeals most to the electorate is the authentic leader who can engage and espouse clear principles and values that they live by through their actions.
By these criteria, SSG OSARODION OGIE should hold the most appeal for continuation as a political leader in his home front and the state ahead of the Grimes and Caprice of those few elements who assembled in the manifestation of such tendencies
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author, they do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NCN or its members.