Congratulations to the PDP’S Valentine Ozigbo

By Justin Kingland

The Anambra State election has come and it’s done and dusted.

Congratulations to the PDP’S Valentine Ozigbo

You’re the 2nd, that means you ran. You took a chance and put yourself out there. It took guts. Too many people are happy to shout from the sidelines, to criticize and critique and point fingers at what’s wrong. By running, you took responsibility. You stopped being a spectator and became an active part of solving a problem.

If you come 2nd, that means you and your friends and family and supporters took time and energy and money and applied it toward the democratic process. VCO, you built a team of people who feel the way you do and turned those feelings into action and you brought new blood into the game.

If you come 2nd, it means you stepped up to provide a different option on the ballot. Without challengers, there is no choice for people to make. Without a choice, voting means less and Ndi Anambra nke anyi makwa often feel like there’s no point in going to the polls.

If you come 2nd, that means you thought long and hard about the values that you want to apply to making Anambra State better. You formulated ideas and found a way to articulate them to others. You learned how to be persuasive and to respectfully converse with those who disagreed with you.

If you come 2nd, you showed the kids in your life that it’s OK to 2nd position, that worth is not measured purely by the numbers totaled at the end of the election, and that coming 2nd gracefully is just as important as winning. It’s the effort that counts.

If you come 2nd, you might have made mistakes, and you’ll apply what you learned to do things better the next time you run.

If you come 2nd, you’re in good company. President Obama lost his first House run. Lincoln lost five races before being elected president. If they hadn’t tried again, they wouldn’t have a successful legacy to footnote with that stat.

So, seriously — if you come 2nd, congratulations @Valentine Ozigbo
congratulations @Aziza Uko . Thank you both for being an important and an all-too-regularly-unsung part of my political process. @VCO, your race was better because you ran it. (And the next one will be, too.) @Aziza Uko, Thank you for being a sister from the same mother.

Amb. Dr. Justin Okechukwu Kingland (DrM) is the founder of Anambra Needs Valetine Ozigbo