By PETRUS OBI.
Senator Obinna Ogba, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; former State chairman of PDP, Ebonyi State. Ogba, is a man of fate and destiny.
Mr. PDP, Ogba is one man who has never left the party since it’s inception.
He was born on the 15th of August 1960. He hails from Amanvu, Nkalagu in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
From a very humble beginning, the Nkalagu born politician in 1997 miraculously defeated candidates of the UNCP and DPN, which were the leading parties then to become Chairman of Ishielu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State on the platform of the defunct GDM .
For a candidate who managed to pay for his nomination form, it was like confronting a lion with bare hands.
He was beaten up, and chased out of the collation centre by security agents working for his opponent. This was while electoral materials were being distributed.
Yet, he was declared winner of that same election after a run-off between the two leading candidates.
His four-year-tenure as Local Government Chairman was cut short by the death of the then Head of State Gen. Sani Abacha.
But within that short period of a year and six months, his achievements as Chairman Ishielu LGA are yet to be equalled.
He established Secondary Schools, for the first time, in Nkalagu, Ezillo, Nkalaha and so many other communities in Ishielu.
He sunk boreholes in almost all the communities.
There was no light in the Local Government, Ogba connected the place to the national grid.
He also brought electricity to Nkalagu Community.
Ogba is a philanthropist. He is a man of the people. A great mobilizer, a grassroots politician and a socialite.
His amiable disposition, generosity are the hallmarks of his rise in politics.
One of the pillars of the Governor Sam Egwu administration between 1999-2007, Senator Ogba later became the state party chairman of the ruling party, PDP, a position he resigned to contest governorship in 2007.
Ironically, the present governor of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi was his running mate in the ill fated attempt at the Ebonyi governorship position.
Ogba was the leading PDP aspirants until Governor Egwu decided to invite one of the founding fathers of the state Chief Martin Elechi to the race. The rest is history.
With no political position between 2007-2015, Ogba, who was seen by the Elechi administration as a threat, was pushed into political isolation for eight years.
It was a trying period for the growing Ebonyi born politician. He was abandoned by friends, associates, and aides, but he kept faith and refused to join another political party.
With the ‘palace coup’ which handed the leadership of the PDP to Elechi’s deputy, Engr. Dave Umahi, Ogba picked the PDP senatorial ticket for Ebonyi Central Zone, same position Elechi was eyeing.
At the end of the day, Elechi’s camp joined the Labour Party; the governor remained in PDP, but pushed his first son, to run for Senate in LP.
Today, Ogba, a second term Senator of the federal Republican has not forgotten his humble beginning neither has he abandoned his constituency which is the grassroots.
Since he joined politics, Senator Obinna Ogba has sustained an annual empowerment programme for his people and constituents.
He has given out hundreds of vehicles, motorcycles, generators, sewing and grinding machines and many more to boast the financial base of the rural dwellers.
He has secured employment for a long list of his constituents.
Above all, his country home in Nkalagu has remained open to all as the villagers continuously visit, when he is around for financial and other domestic assistance.
Senator Ogba is one out of many political office holders whose gates are flung open during festivities such as Christmas and Easter.
Christmas Day every year is his day with all the widows in the area whose blessings and prayers have continued to open doors to his political career.
At 60, Senator Joseph Obinna whose Biography would soon be unveiled is a philanthropist that should be celebrated.