Political Anger in Imo May lead to Depression…
— Don’t Kill Yourself because of Okorocha, Ihedioha or Uzodinma. Be warned!
Since the Supreme Court declared Senator Hope Uzodinma, duly elected governor of Imo State on January 14th and subsequent swearing-in on January 15th, 2020, after a protracted legal battle at the election petition tribunal which span through the High Court, Appeal Court and ended at the Supreme Court with Senator Hope Uzodinma emerging victorious. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members, people of Owerri Zone and Mbaise nation, fans and supporters of the ousted Governor, Hon Emeka Ihedioha are hell bent to pull down the current Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma and his government down. To achieve this, they have deployed all sorts of strategy and media propaganda to achieve their political goal.
Hon Emeka Ihedioha was declared Imo State Governor on March 11th, 2019 and sworn-in on May 29th, 2019 after spending 12 years in the National Assembly and rose to become Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives. In January 14th, exactly 7th month in office as Governor of Imo State, he was bolted out by the Supreme Court unceremoniously. Ever since then, his supporters, the 3-LGAs in Mbaise land and PDP in Imo State doesn’t want to hear anything Hope Uzodinma. They will cry from morning till night, insult and abuse anybody who tries to support or defend the Hope Uzodinma government policies or programmes. Is there anger justified, maybe, maybe not!
And comes another set of people, the former governor of Imo State and current Senator representing Orlu Zone in the National Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha. He served Imo for 8 years as Governor. During his time no one talks. He is the alpha and omega in Imo. His word is law. No opposition. He created all sort of political machineries to keep hold to power. He sees Imo State as his sociopolitical cum economic estate and opted to convert Imo into political and family dynasty. He will tell who cares to listen that he dines and wines with Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari and other African Presidents. He will tell you how he is better than Nelson Mandela. He will tell you how he joined to form All Progressive Congress, APC, and Government at the center. Therefore, Imo should remain his economic and political estate. At the end of his eight years tenure as Governor. He ploted to force his Son-in-law, Uche Nwosu on Imo people. He nearly succeeded as Nobody dares challenge him. Only God used Senator Hope Uzodinma to deprive him of his utopia dream. Uzodinma you could recall, like a maverick politician , moved over to APC from PDP when Ihedioha and his PDP National Working Committee, NWC, denied him return ticket for Orlu Senate. He outsmarted Okorocha and picked APC gubernatorial ticket. Against all Odds. He is today, the Governor of Imo State. Unimaginable, unbelievable, Senator Rochas Okorocha, his Rescue mission family, his Faction of APC, AA and all what not, find it difficult to believe that Uzodinma is today the Governor of Imo State. They have joined the PDP gang and mobilised to pull Uzodinma down through various media propaganda being sponsored. Trying hard to create political crisis in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC. Will they succeed, only time will tell.
But the big question. If Senator Hope Uzodinma can take away 2019 APC gubernatorial ticket, from the firm grip of Okorocha. And later become Governor of Imo State. Do you think Okorocha, who couldn’t succeed in caging Uzodinma will cage him now he has the knife and the yam?
If Ihedioha, as Governor for 7-months with all powers, contacts and resources available to him, could watch Uzodinma take his breath away, outsmart him in the Imo Governorship contest and even stop his much hyped triumphant return to Owerri after Supreme Court review. Do you think is now that Uzodinma is the Governor, has all political and economic powers, with solid Abuja base and connections that Ihedioha will push him away. It’s pure tall dream.
To calm the Imo Political noise down. Governor Hope Uzodinma should spoil Ndi-Imo with work, work work and ofcourse massive and quality road construction and rehabilitation.
Ensure civil servants and pensioners are paid as at when due. Then he should go and sleep. Even Ihedioha and Okorocha family members will clap for him.
I have been in Imo State for a long time and understand it’s politics. If there must be criticism, let it be objective and constructive. Let’s the media noise stop, Politics is a game, you win some, you loose some. No one holy pass. Okorocha, Ihedioha, Uzodinma, all nah the same. They know themselves. Wine and dine together. Stop breaking your head because of them. They are rich and millionaires through political windfalls and can’t be poor again. Think about yourself, your future and development of Imo State . Stop the media war, stop killing yourself. Don’t get into unnecessary trouble and depression because of politicians playing their trade. Be wise!
IfeanyiCy Njoku writes from Umunakanu, Ehime-Mbano LGA. Imo State