Imo governorship election 2015 has come and gone but the memories of it are still fresh in our minds especially the ugly consequences of the unprecedented hardship and suffering the people of Imo State are passing through presently not because of any fault of theirs, but for the simple reason of maladministration under the All Progressive Congress (APC)A�government.A�
It is not in doubt that an average citizen of Imo State is politically sophisticated, highly intelligent and sagacious, aA�people known for their forthrightness and objectivity when it comes to calling a spade, a spade not minding whose ox is gored. All these attributes have always come to play during political discourse and whenever the need to make informed political decision arises.A�However, it is surprising to note that some leaders who failed to rise to the occasion for PDP when it mattered most in the last governorship election in Imo are now championing the dirty fight for the soul of the party. For more than a year PDP leaders in Imo State has been in the trenches over the State Working Committee of the party until the Supreme Court judgement was given in favour of Senator AhmedA�MakarfiA�led group againstA�AlhajiA�AliA�ModuA�
HonA�Ihedioha, who is the pilot ofA�MakarfiA�in ImoA�for all IA�know,A�has seen power at its Zenith. He has also seen the limits of power; that human power, no matter how mighty, does not always beget what it wills. It is unlikely that this will not be an enduring lesson in his life. My guess is that Imo peopleA�are beginning to seeA�a newA�IhediohaA�in 2019 whoA�isA�better prepared to be a governor and serve the people than theA�IhediohaA�of 2015. TheA�MbaiseA�factorA�which most politicians used against himA�is noA�more anA�interestingA�topic this time around.A�The propaganda worked in 2015 because his campaign handlers underrated the propensity of such character assassination and not much was done to address that,A�but theA�bitterA�lessons haveA�beenA�learnt andA�I think it will be taken care of this time around.A�I have to confront many who thinkA�MbaiseA�man cannot be governor.A�What I canA�deduceA�out of most of the argumentsA�can be summarised inA�whatA�IA�put as a�?misunderstanding of the doggedness and fighting spiritA�of mostA�MbaiseA�peopleA�in doing thingsA�theirA�waya�?A�which many haveA�mistakenA�to beA�selfishness.
The Imo PDP of today without mincing words is highly indebted toA�MbaiseA�in the person of Rt. HonA�IhediohaA�for saving them from extinction and perpetual oblivion which was the plan of those who took side and never helpedA�IhediohaA�during the ragging political battles.A�More surprising is the role played by SenatorA�SamdaddyA�AnyanwuA�the Senator representingA�OwerriA�zone in the whole episode.A�He,A�from all indications showed no commitment during the crisis periodA�A�and allegedly accused of never helpingA�MakarfiA�group in any way in terms of support in the fight to get the party out of APC proxies.A�But come to think of it, what moral grounds has SenatorA�AnyanwuA�who apparently failed to deliver his party PDP in the last governorship electionA�and lostA�to a very weak APC thenA�to now jostle for a more difficultA�task likeA�theA�governorship position.
As the biggest beneficiary of PDP in Imo as a party since 1999, one expectsA�to seeA�anA�impressive result to show his capacity at thatA�timeA�just the same way he did his own election. Did he go to sleepA�when the politicalA�heatA�was raggingA�because it doesna��t concern himA�directly?A�Why is he not re-contesting his seat as Senator? Is he afraid to lose to HonA�Onyewuchi? What is giving him the impetus to challengeA�Ihedioha?A�I guess he is not coming to make troubles and probably disorganise the party like some people did in 2015A�after losingA�at the primaries.A�I am asking all these questions because he was a two-time member of the Imo House of Assembly and a one-time Local Government Chairman and presently a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Senators reported governorshipA�ambitionsA�for 2019 to many PDP faithful may be intended to thwart any attempt byA�IhediohaA�re-launch his bid to occupy Imo government House in 2019. But question is: Should this be right way for SenatorA�AnyanwuA�to say thank you to the manA�IhediohaA�who facilitated his journey to the senateA�in 2015?A�Many PDPA�membersA�in Imo State have not had such a privilege yet he failed the party when it comes to galvanizing his ward, LGA even zone to electoral victory.A�
Other PDP leaders in Imo should shine their eyes as there is suspicion that APC may be sponsoring proxies to shatter the party in Imo ahead of 2019, especially as APC hasA�virtually become very unpopular in Imo.The party Chairmanship moved toA�OkigweA�becauseA�OrluA�failed to lead the PDP in the State to anywhere.Vibrant and sincere PDP leaders likeA�ChiefA�OhakimA�andA�HonA�Ihed
I suggest Imo PDP should prevail on other PDP governorsA�toA�please come to Imo and identify withA�the real leaders of the partyA�because not everybody on suit works with the bank.A�If PDP must recover lost grounds in the coming election, it must first purge itself of dead woods, pretenders and sell-out.A�WikeA�Dickson,A�Ikpeaz
Aririguzo, KSM, writes from Owerri, Imo state.
QUOTE: … Imo PDP should prevail on other PDP governors to please come to Imo and identify with the real leaders of the party…