Unveiling Okangaism: Evaluating Phillip Agbese’s Political Philosophy

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Phillip Agbese (Esq.), an esteemed politician in Nigeria, has garnered attention from both political and non-political circles due to his distinctive style of politicking. His approach to politics is still relatively rare in Nigeria’s dynamic political landscape, resembling the egalitarianism of Abraham Lincoln. However, his personal political philosophy remains elusive in English lexicon, leading me to christen it “Okangaism.”

Hon. Chief Agbese proudly identifies as the talking drum of Agila – Okanga. In this role, his beats resonate through his unwavering commitment to philanthropy and community service.

Over the years, the sound of his drum has transcended the boundaries of Agila, Enone (Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency), Idomaland, Benue State, Nigeria, and beyond. Yet, the beats remain the same: philanthropy and service.

It is through his simple acts of kindness that he has endeared himself to many. This was evident in the fiercely contested February 25th election in Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency, where he emerged victorious. His exemplary track record served as his greatest campaigner, earning him support across party lines.

Agbese’s election as the representative of Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is a response to the long-standing prayers of the suffering people of Enone and, by extension, Nigeria.

A natural leader, High Chief Phillip Agbese adopted the moniker “Enone Servant” shortly after becoming a Member-elect of the House of Representatives. This uncommon “servant-leader” mindset embraced by Agbese has left his constituents ecstatic as he assumes the mantle of representation on June 13, 2023.

Antecedents, they say, shape expectations. This could explain the enthusiasm enveloping Enone as Chief Phillip Agbese’s inauguration as Congressman approaches.

The people of Enone believe they have struck gold with Agbese. They are aware that they are sending a formidable representative to the Green Chambers, a tested-and-trusted illustrious son to the 10th National Assembly.

They recognize his immense potential, sagacity, and oratory skills, supported by undeniable evidence.

I share their sentiments wholeheartedly. With Agbese, one can only anticipate quality and unparalleled representation.

I dare say, congratulations to Okanga Y’Agila! Congratulations to The Land of the Sage! Congratulations to The Heartbeat of Benue South Politics! Congratulations to The Food Basket of the Nation! And, congratulations to our beloved nation, Nigeria!

Sunny Green Itodo,
Public Affairs Analyst/Newspaper Columnist writing from Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue State.

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