CHIEF TIMI ALAIBE, WELL DONE! BY: DENNIS ALEMU
Riding on the back of Chief Timi Alaibe’s Takeover Mission, the gravitation of political forces towards regime change in Bayelsa State had its historic climax on February 11 this year, with the election of Chief Seriake Henry Dickson as the fourth executive governor of the state. Given the tsunamic impact Alaibe’s Takeover Mission had on the political dynamics of Bayelsa State and the near-total reconfiguration of power-structures and alignments within the political milieu it wrought, as well as the radicalized thinking it spawned in Bayelsa State, Alaibe’s ambition remained a major portal in the political history of the state.
Like John the baptist in the Scriptures, who prepared the way for the coming of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, Alaibe’s Takeover Mission cleared the path for the Restoration Agenda of Governor Seriake Dickson. While not a few still doubt in their hearts and therefore find it difficult, if not impossible, to interrelate the causal relationship between Alaibe’s 2011 uncompleted mission to occupy Creek Haven and the eventual eviction of the Okpoama chief, the making of which took about almost 12 months, it is all too evident that the two events have an historical connection between them.
Without any fear of contradiction, if not for Alaibe’s political ambition to become governor of Bayelsa State in 2011, Timipre Sylva would not have gone to the apex court to seek tenure elongation, which ironically proved to be a poisoned chalice for Sylva and co. Common sense, as it were, dictated then that if Chief Timipre Sylva had allowed the governorship election to hold as scheduled, he could have, permutating all probabilities, won it silly with the PDP machinery. More so, the President had made it unequivocallyclear that his commitment to preserve the status of Bayelsa as a core PDP-controlled state was unshakable.
Nevertheless, Chief Timi Alaibe’s push for the gubernatorial seat possibly had a spiritual undertone when one considers the zillion prayers said to have been said by Bayelsans for a change of government in their state. For did Bayelsans of every description – the old and weak, the poor and impoverished, the hungry and starving, the desolate and forsaken, the deprived and dispossessed, the lame and limp, the hale and hearty, the blind and poor in sight, the stark illiterates and the unlettered, the men of high erudition and intellectual sophistry, the physically-challenged and paralytic, the bed-ridden and Operation Famou Tangbei-maimed – not pray in their gatherings at the malls, at the motor parks, in the commuter buses, at the hospitals and healing homes, on the motorcycles, on the farms, in the fishing boats, at the markets, on the bush paths, in the hamlets, at the fish ponds, at the beaches, in the worship halls and prayer altars, at the shrines, at the beer parlours, in the classrooms, etc against a malevolent civilian administration which made it a state policy to enslave them?
For did the old adage not say it is God who aids the tailless cow in keeping away flies from its unprotected anus? For did Bayelsans, like the cow in the adage, not place their hopes on God to send them a political messiah to break and unbind their chains of captivity? For did the people in their collective bondage and suffering not in their midnight supplications to the Throne of Grace cast their burdens on the Lord?
The foregoing provides insight into the parabola of events that the Lord works in incomprehensible ways and that He heard and answered the prayers of the oppressed in the Land of Glory. On the temporal plane, Chief Timi Alaibe deserves a special medal of honour, having precipitated this monumental misstep that saw to the dramatic ouster of the Sylva-led administration, celebrated for its callousness and anti-people policies.
One sees in Alaibe an astute and dogged politician, a consummate human resource manager and accountant, as seen from his legacy of service at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and well coordinated responses to political developments in Bayelsa State. Alaibe, it must be recalled, is the only politician with the requisite political clout and wherewithal that was able to offer credible and formidable opposition to virtually all the previous civilian administrations in Bayelsa State. He had done this because of his love for Bayelsans and on account of his learning that politics is not a one-sided game; it has a side A and side B. Timi Alaibe gave depth, colour and character to Bayelsa politics especially during his transient stint at the Labour Party by entrenching healthy political competition on the political turf.
Beyond this, Timi Alaibe deserves being celebrated as a true son and hero of the Izon Nation for his laudable efforts to develop the Izon stock. He left an enduring legacy of service delivery at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) where he firstheld sway as Director of Finance, and later as Managing Director. The evidence of this is written boldly everywhere the then Alaibe-led NDDC bestrode in the Niger Delta region.
As further proof of his desire for catalization of development of Bayelsa State, Alaibe had once again lent his weight to the Restoration Agenda, as head of the Financial Management Review Committee. It is therefore worth remarking that the Kolokuma/Opokuma people have in their celebrated and proverbial wisdom organized a grand reception in his honour. The reception was in recognition of Chief Timi Alaibe’s outstanding contributions to the development of the sister Opokuma and Kolokuma clans, Bayelsa State, the Izon Nation and the entire Niger Delta region.
One can’t belabour the point that Timi Alaibe remains the doyen of Bayelsa State politics. He ranks among the shakers and movers of politics in Bayelsa State as a key rallying point and force in the scheme of things. His designs on the Bayelsa polity transcend the usual run-of-the-mill politicking to politics for transformation.
This is why we say, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, encore!
Mr. Dennis writes via dennisalemu