Opinion: The Eric Opah Challenge and Promise for Abia Governorship ~ Izuchukwu Ugbogu

According to Luding Von Mises, “The genuine history of mankind is the history of ideas, it is the ideas that distinguish man from other beings. Ideas engender social institutions, political changes, technological methods of production, and that’s called economic conditions”. Therefore, idea and proper leadership is supreme in the game of politics, and that’s why the term “Governor” which means a general institute placed with a leadership directive and experience.

Now that it’s a crunch time in the ruling party in Abia State as delegates meet to choose a replacement for the dear departed Prof. Uche Eleazar Ikonne. Down to the wire, the party wigs confront a choice between the established ways and a person that will lead the paths rightly.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community builder, Eric Opah is a fresh face in the politics of Abia State, he has no negative political dent. However, fact remains that history and best practice favour and indicate a new oath for Abia State. It’s now time to go for a fresh approach and a better person for that will consolidate on the efforts of Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu.

The big question should be, who is Eric Opah?

Incase you don’t know, Eric Opah is the founder of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited and Fortune Marine and Energy Services Limited. Fortune Global is one of Nigeria’s foremost indigenous logistics companies with the vision to become a global first-choice African shipping and logistics company. Opah currently serves as the Chairman Nigeria-America chamber of commerce, Abia State Chapter.

He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria(IODN), president Umunna-Nsulu Progressive Forum, and the President of Mbubo Transformation Group.

He holds a B.Sc in Business Administration. He started his career in the logistics industry in Panalpina World Transport Group. Due to his passion for excellence, he soon gained considerable industry experience in the company before setting up his business. Over the years, Eric gained significant experience in global freight forwarding, shipping and logistics. He has also demonstrated a sublime entrepreneurial ingenuity uncommon amongst his peers. Eric’s additional expertise in Air cargo handling operations contributed to China Southern Airlines in Nigeria, where he became the Director of Cargo Operations.

The fact remains that he has helped in redefining the freight forwarding business in Nigeria by opening doors for transparency and trust, which are his core business values.

Eric Opah remains a great philanthropist, a grassroots community developer, and a youth and empowerment developer through the foundation “ERIC OPAH FOUNDATION”.

His Message To Delegates and Abia Electorates:

• He represents a fresh start for governance in Abia State.

• He’s a community developer/builder who has done much in community development as a private citizen.

• He will bring entrepreneurial drive and discipline practices of the private sector to the governance of Abia State.

• He will bring youthful energy to government and governance. Eric Opah has distinguished himself in the management of humans and materials in all spheres of life.

A vote for Chief Eric Opah to govern Abia is a vote for a progressive Abia…

Dear Abia PDP Delegates, Over to you!

Written by Hon. Izuchukwu Ugbogu (Secretary Abia Integrity Forum).

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