OPEN LETTER TO KOGI STATE CIVIL SERVANTS
I write to address recent statements made by Sen Dino Melaye for the upcoming Kogi State governorship election, made on the 6th of October,2023. While it is the right of every candidate to propose reforms and present his plans for governance, it is essential for voters to weigh these proposals against the track record of the individual making them.
Senator Melaye’s recent promise to review the cases of sacked workers appears to be a ploy to win votes. It is imperative to recall that promises made should align with the past actions of the person making them. It is however laughable that the person of Melaye whose highest paid staff earns the sum of 50,000 with no attached benefits in this current dispensation is talking of transforming the lives of civil servants, Melaye’s custom is to watch closely those working under him to ensure they’re perpetually under and never to amount to anything but see him as a god whom they should only depend on. Is that the person who can improve the lives of civil servants? Throughout his tenure and interactions, Senator Melaye has frequently made grand declarations, many of which have not been followed through. Those familiar with his personal and professional dealings, including domestic staff, have also raised concerns about his commitment and reliability. They have spoken of setbacks and challenges while working under him, this are facts and verifiable.
Let me bring to your notice that on October 9th, 2017 the National President of NUJ, Abdulwaheed Odusile and the Chairman of FCT Council of the Union, Ella Abech, canceled the proposed award which was to validate Melaye as the Senator of the year’s award, a ceremony he concocted to score cheap points, because that’s his nature.
Leadership requires more than mere words. unfortunately Sen Dino Melaye lacks that, leadership demands on action, consistency, and a genuine commitment to the welfare of the people. While every citizen deserves fair treatment, it is crucial to scrutinize the sincerity of those making such promises.
I will like at this point to note that as the elections approach, it’s crucial for each one of us to look beyond mere promises and evaluate candidates based on their true character and track record. Words are easy, but actions – or the lack thereof – speak louder.
Senator Melaye has made promises about rectifying the plight of workers, improving infrastructure, and ensuring regular salaries. But one must pause and reflect: Can a man who reportedly couldn’t support his own dedicated driver of over 20years of his modest dream of building a house of over four years be expected to support an entire state?
His recent commitments may sound appealing, but they starkly contrast with his past actions. Voters must ask themselves: How can one trust a leader who could not stand by those closest to him?
It’s imperative to distinguish between genuine intention and political rhetoric. While Senator Melaye’s words aim to capture the hearts of workers, his previous deeds, or the lack thereof, raise critical concerns about his ability to fulfill these promises. Leadership is not about saying the right things; it’s about doing the right things.
I urge all voters to think critically, delve deep into the records of all candidates, ensuring that their votes are cast for candidates with proven integrity, consistent records, and genuine intentions and question the viability of their promises. It’s not about being swayed by catchy phrases, but about choosing a leader who has demonstrated their commitment through consistent actions.
We must note however, that we are the opposition party but we must put our state first at this critical time, kogites must understand the times we are in, we can not afford to make mistakes like Dino in power, never.
In this election, let’s prioritize substance over noise. Let’s vote for proven capability over empty pledges. Our state deserves a leader who not only speaks of progress but has the proven integrity and actions to back those words.
I want to thank you all for your attention and commitment to our state’s future.
Please stay informed, stay vigilant, and let our beloved Kogi State continue to move forward.
Hon Prince Oluwakayode Emmanuel Eseyin.
PDP Youth Leader