(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-This discourse is the third in Notable Outcome’s series focusing on possible successors to Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, who is on the second lap of his administration as governor of Rivers State. Dr.Tammy Danagogo is the politician in focus in this edition. Well, some may say that 2023 is a long time from now but those who know can tell that it is just a shouting distance away. While it is long enough for the gods to take a decision and change it, it is also short, very short for any one who falls out of favour or looses concentration, to recover.
Dr. Tamunobaabo Wenike Danagogo is a grassroots politician from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is a brilliant lawyer, who went on to bag Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He had earlier been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991.
Fortune smiled early on Barr. Dagogo when he had the opportunity of serving as the Akuku-Toru Local Government Chairman from April 2004 to May 2007.He also served as commissioner on two occasions during the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi. Towards the end of that administration, he resigned and took up a ministerial appointment at the federal level in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan where he served as sports minister.
The likeable Kalabari – born politician is presently the Secretary to Rivers State Government, a position he was offered by Governor Nyesom Wike in June 2019. There is no doubt that Dr. Tammy Danagogo has seen it all in the politics of Rivers State, playing notable roles in different administrations for close to two decades. His stint as minister of sports was also an opportunity for the seasoned administrator to have a feel of politics and governance at the federal level.
As a matter of fact, if experience in politics and governance at all tiers of government is the deciding factor on who gets what in 2023 in Rivers State, Dr. Tammy Danagogo stands taller than many. Besides, he is seen as detribalized, and a decisive politician who mixes well with people, irrespective of their social standing.
Over the years, Dr. Danagogo has demonstrated great capacity in politics and governance. He has also proved to be a team player, and cherishes friendship unless where political interests dictate otherwise. He is also said to have the mental stability and capacity to make a good governor, and continue from wherever Governor Wike will leave.
However, our respondents who considered the legal practitioner as a good product any day: handsome, and with good height; very good education, complemented with relevant experiences at the three tiers of government have their concerns. According to them, Nigerian politics, sometimes, do not favour people who are perceived as having the capacity to be politically independent and assertive.
Respondents who spoke with Notable Outcome believe the chances of Dr. Danagogo succeeding Governor Wike in 2023 may not depend on his swiftness and strength, but on the mercy of God. They were of the opinion that times change: the same with people and their plans, and that the politician who will be on the right side of chance and time will become Governor Wike’s successor in 2023.