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Tennyson Elliott's Odyssey “The Journey of the Magi" aptly captures the tragic experience of the Magi in the search for the location of Christ's birth. The Magi slept in open places and their ox developed foot sores. Neither was the weather clement nor the locals hospitable. Despite these odds, the Magi were eager for "another death". This means that the Magi were eager for another journey.

Tennyson Elliott's Odyssey “The Journey of the Magi" aptly captures the tragic experience of the Magi in the search for the location of Christ's birth. The Magi slept in open places and their ox developed foot sores. Neither was the weather clement nor the locals hospitable. Despite these odds, the Magi were eager for "another death". This means that the Magi were eager for another journey.


Similarly, sore feet, inclement weather conditions, hostile locals could symbolize protracted litigation, hostile political opposition, among others, which trailed appreciable portion of Gov Okezie Ikpeazu's first term. Despite all these odds, Gov. Ikpeazu was not deterred in his efforts to deliver the dividends of democracy to Abians.
Thank God, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State returned Gov. Ikpeazu as the guber standard bearer of the party for the 2019 guber election unopposed. This decision was wisely-informed.
Several clerics and religious groups have dressed Gov. Ikpeazu in different robes. To some, he is the philosopher-king, and to some, the Nehemiah of Abia. Philosopher- kings, according Plato are rulers who possess both love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life. Plato in his (The Republic, 5.473d) opined that" for such utopian city "Kallipolis"to ever come into being, "philosophers [must] become kings…or those now called kings [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize".
Plato ,who defines a philosopher as a "wisdom-lover." He then distinguishes between one who loves true knowledge (as opposed to mere experience or education) by saying that the philosopher is the only person who has access to idea. This supports the idea that philosophers are the best rulers. To buttress this idea, Plato fashioned  the Ship of State metaphor, one of his most often cited ideas (along with his allegory of the cave) that a "true pilot must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the stars, the winds, and everything proper to the craft if he is really to rule a ship".
Indeed, Gov. Ikpeazu fits into Plato's “Philosopher-King". Ikpeazu profoundly he possesses both love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life. This has reflected in his innovations .He pioneered the rigid cement technology in this part of the country. Cement technology, also known as “Rigid Pavement Technology in road construction, ensures the mixture of crush rock-based materials and other items to achieve a thickness fill and compaction to the level of 300mm.This is followed by a concrete reinforcement cast with 8mm to10mm-high tensil (mash of wires) reinforcement bars over the stabilised base before treating it with prime coat and asphaltic concrete. Though the cost of this technology is higher than those of the conventional construction methods, Gov. Ikpeazu chooses this technology as a means of strengthening the load-bearing capacity of roads in Abia and to boost the strength and quality of the finished work. The technology has a sustainability guarantee of10 to 20 years.
Cement technology is one of the technologies used in the construction of airport runways, tarmac and places with heavy loads like machines and equipment. The technology is a good solution for achieving sustainable roads in Nigeria.
Also, addressing Gov. Ikpeazu as Nehemiah of Abia is not out of place. Nehemiah's story had everything to do with his vision of a preferable future for his people and their beloved city of Jerusalem. Despite strong opposition he fulfilled the vision process, implementation, opposition, and completion. Nehemiah was attached to the Persian court- he had been the king's cupbearer. He was appointed governor of Judah and authorised to rebuild its fortifications. He demonstrated his organisational skills and had the walls of Jerusalem up in 52 days. He was greatly hampered by the opposition of Sanballat, governor of Samaria. Tobiah, governor of Ammon. He divided his forces into two shifts- one to stand at arms, the other to build.
Just like Nehemiah, Ikpeazu met a state, especially Aba, the commercial nerve of the state, lying literally prostrate. But his vision of a preferable future for the people of Abia forced him into action. This vision has converted the entire Abia into a construction site with scores of roads, bridges completed and more undergoing construction. This vision has subjected the state into an agricultural hub and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the state must have achieved the planting seven million palm seedlings by 2019.
This vision has elevated Abia State to a Small and Medium Scale hub. The vision has caused revolutions in the health, education sectors of the state. The ongoing reforms, just like the reforms of Nehemiah in Jerusalem has saved fortunes that can be translated to millions from the ghost-worker syndrome that bedeviled the state all these while and eaten it up like a locust.
We thank PDP immensely for granting this Nehemiah and philosopher-king another opportunity to fly its guber flag. This greatly distinguishes PDP from the party of journey men, which guber candidates are proliferating at geometric rate.

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