By Great Imo Jonathan
There is a new voters consciousness across Nigeria today and it is going to affect the 2023 general elections. It is now obvious that the 2023 election will not be about political parties really, it is going to be about individual candidates and what they have to offer.
Unfortunately for some political parties they played too much politics in selecting their candidates. Some of them were focused on money to be made that they couldn’t care about making the right choices for their party. Today some of them are in a fix on how to convince Nigerians to vote for their unsellable candidates. But it is already too late for them.
As I perused through the list of candidates across Nigeria trying to indentify those that will be easy to sell, I saw some who are quality brands that can win election anywhere, because they are actually sellable and they will make good leaders. Particularly, when I looked at candidates of political parties in Ebonyi State and I could say without a doubt that the PDP candidate in Ebonyi State will take the day. He is a quality brand with requisite competences to lead Ebonyi State to a brighter rewarding future. Ifeanyi Chukwu Odii popularly known as AnyiChuks Odii, is the gubernatorial candidate of PDP in Ebonyi State and he is the kind of leader needed to take Ebonyi State to the next level.
I knew him back in Lagos and I can say without a doubt that he is one of the most organized Nigerians I have ever met. His organizational skills stems from his years of corporate management.
This is the missing link for many states, they are governed by governors that have never worked in organized environment and they have not built anything tangible like the likes of AnyiChuks before they were Public office to handle.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is a businessman and philanthropist with vast experience spanning over 20 years in building and managing businesses across various sectors. He is the Founder/Chairman of Orient Global Group with subsidiary companies; Orient Global Manufacturing, Orient Haulage and Logistics, and Purity Agro-Allied Ltd. He is also the President/CEO of Ultimus Holdings with subsidiary companies; Ultimus Construction, Ultimus Properties, and Ultimus Global Integrated (owners of The Classroom by Ultimus, Viarmor Healthcare Ltd.) With investment portfolios that cut across sectors like – manufacturing, logistics, construction, real estate, healthcare, trade, and services, Dr. Ifeanyi has successfully grown these businesses outside the shores of Nigeria to Sub-Sharan Africa.
He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School where he underwent a Chief Executive program and also has a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria. He was conferred with a Doctor of Science Degree in Strategic Business Management and Corporate Governance by the European American University in the Republic of Panama. He is also a member of Governing Council of the Lagos State University and sits on the board of Prosperis Holdings. He has over the years honed his skills in Leadership, Management, and Business Strategy.
Through the Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation, which he founded and named after himself and his wife; he has over the years built over 100 homes for the indigents in rural areas, 6 churches, 3 Floors of Primary and secondary school, provided scholarships to over 1000 students home and abroad, provided yearly medical screening and support through his foundation.
His great love of sports led him to establish the Anyichuks Unity Cup, a yearly sports tournament held in his hometown to encourage, empower youths and promote sports at the grass-root level. Asides from his passion for his businesses and his love for his family, he enjoys; reading, swimming, keeping fit and golfing course as he is an ardent member of several golf clubs in Lagos.
With such corporate management experience I can say that he is the right choice for the people of Ebonyi State.
When we look back at how those with the same corporate management background took their states from crisis and debt to the most financially stability, we will appreciate why I am singling AnyiChuks. Because those who come from the corporate sector have deep experience in management of men and resources. With such hands-on experience, they are able to manage state resources effectively.
Such experiences helps in achieving societal goals. They are able to arrange the factors of production, assemble and organize state resources, integrate resources in effective manner to achieve goals. Having corporate skills helps them direct state efforts towards achievement of pre-determined goals.
By defining objectives clearly they are able to eliminate bureaucracies in government to fasttrack development, curb wastage of time, money and effort. People who have corporate management skills converts disorganized resources of men, machines, money etc. into useful enterprise. These resources are coordinated, directed and controlled in such a manner that enterprise work towards attainment of goals. Such is needed in governance today more than ever before.
Having ran a private company successfully he has skills for optimum Utilization of Resources. AnyiChuks has skills to utilize all the physical and human resources in Ebonyi State productively. This will lead to efficacy in management of state resources.
AnyiChuks has corporate management skills for maximum utilization of scarce resources and will select best possible alternate use of resources to achieve accelerated development .
He will make use of experts and professionals as he has done in his business, to use their skills, knowledge, and proper utilization and avoid wastages as he has done over the years in his company.
Corporate managers get maximum results through minimum input by proper planning and by using minimum input and getting maximum output. Having been a corporate manager he will be able to use physical, human and financial resources in Ebonyi State in such a manner that will result in best combination. This helps in cost reduction.
With such management skills there will be no overlapping of efforts (smooth and coordinated functions).
People who work in corporate circles know how to establish sound organizational structures to achieve objective of management which is in tune with objective of organization and for fulfillment of this, they establish effective authority and responsibility relationship, that is who is accountable to whom, who can give instructions to whom, who are superiors and who are subordinates.
They know how to fill up various positions with right persons, having right skills, training and qualification. All jobs are clear to everyone. This where most career politicians fail, they disorganized, disoriented and and absolutely circumstantial in their response to issues.
Again Anyichuks will know how to establish Equilibrium. This enables organizations to survive in the changing world. As corporate managers they are able to keep in touch with the changing environment. And as the new reality is upon the Nigeria, we need leaders with such capabilities.
Knowing that one of the essentials for prosperity of Society is efficient management that leads to better economical production that helps in turn to increase the welfare of the people, people with such skills should be considered. Good management makes a difficult task easier by avoiding wastage of scarce resource. It improves standard of living. It increases available opportunities for the people, which is beneficial to society, because it helps them get maximum output at minimum cost and reserve resources to create employment opportunities for indigenes to generate income for themselves.
Knowing this, Ebonyi people are lucky to have AnyiChuks on the ballot, they should take advantage of this opportunity to deepen their development.
All Eboyians are saying “Anyi Ga Emeya” meaning AnyiChuks will do it right or alternatively We will do it, meaning all (Eboyians) are involved in the progressive process. All echoes “Amen”.