By Cyril Aririguzo
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) government.
It is not in doubt that an average citizen of Imo State is politically sophisticated, highly intelligent and sagacious, a 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. 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 Ahmed Makarfi led group against Alhaji Ali Modu
Hon Ihedioha, who is the pilot of Makarfi in Imo for all I know, 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 people are beginning to see a new Ihedioha in 2019 who is better prepared to be a governor and serve the people than the Ihedioha of 2015. The Mbaise factor which most politicians used against him is no more an interesting topic this time around. The propaganda worked in 2015 because his campaign handlers underrated the propensity of such character assassination and not much was done to address that, but the bitter lessons have been learnt and I think it will be taken care of this time around. I have to confront many who think Mbaise man cannot be governor. What I can deduce out of most of the arguments can be summarised in what I put as “misunderstanding of the doggedness and fighting spirit of most Mbaise people in doing things their way” which many have mistaken to be selfishness.
The Imo PDP of today without mincing words is highly indebted to Mbaise in the person of Rt. Hon Ihedioha for saving them from extinction and perpetual oblivion which was the plan of those who took side and never helped Ihedioha during the ragging political battles. More surprising is the role played by Senator Samdaddy Anyanwu the Senator representing Owerri zone in the whole episode. He, from all indications showed no commitment during the crisis period and allegedly accused of never helping Makarfi group in any way in terms of support in the fight to get the party out of APC proxies. But come to think of it, what moral grounds has Senator Anyanwu who apparently failed to deliver his party PDP in the last governorship election and lost to a very weak APC then to now jostle for a more difficult task like the governorship position.
As the biggest beneficiary of PDP in Imo as a party since 1999, one expects to see an impressive result to show his capacity at that time just the same way he did his own election. Did he go to sleep when the political heat was ragging because it doesn’t concern him directly? Why is he not re-contesting his seat as Senator? Is he afraid to lose to Hon Onyewuchi? What is giving him the impetus to challenge Ihedioha? I guess he is not coming to make troubles and probably disorganise the party like some people did in 2015 after losing at the primaries. 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 governorship ambitions for 2019 to many PDP faithful may be intended to thwart any attempt by Ihedioha re-launch his bid to occupy Imo government House in 2019. But question is: Should this be right way for Senator Anyanwu to say thank you to the man Ihedioha who facilitated his journey to the senate in 2015? Many PDP members 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.
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 has virtually become very unpopular in Imo.The party Chairmanship moved to Okigwe because Orlu failed to lead the PDP in the State to anywhere.Vibrant and sincere PDP leaders like Chief Ohakim and Hon Ihed
I suggest Imo PDP should prevail on other PDP governors to please come to Imo and identify with the real leaders of the party because not everybody on suit works with the bank. If PDP must recover lost grounds in the coming election, it must first purge itself of dead woods, pretenders and sell-out. Wike Dickson, 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…