It has become a regular mantra to hear our amiable Imo Governor say he was elected by the masses. While I do not struggle entirely with that, I find it difficult coming to terms that barely three years down the line Governor Owele Anayo Rochas Okorocha has lost sight of the factors that led to his success during the last election. It is a known fact that without some key political leaders in Imo State, Governor Okorocha’s avowed masses wouldn’t have made so much difference to the outcome of the polls.
I keep wondering how people fail to learn from history. When Ikedi Ohakim was elected by the Redemption/Onongono group of the PDP, many analysts including myself kicked against the move. To the then Governor “he had the yam and the knife” which could guarantee him total victory. In his megalomaniac manner he denied that Udenwa made him Governor, saying only Professor Iwu made him Governor. Ohakim went further to kick out the same Professor Iwu that brought him to power. Running into the elections, Ohakim lost Captain Iheanacho, Professor Iwu, Engineer Ebere Udeagu, Chief P. C Onuoha and many more, yet that did not give him caution that a defeat was in the offing. The rest today is history.
Today however, the same scenario is playing out. Governor Okorocha is losing followers, partners and supporters in droves, yet he is dancing to the false beat that he has the masses on his side. Those who are good students of politics have plotted the graph to see that Governor Okorocha cannot succeed in his quest for a second term in office, despite his shenanigan and reliance on the masses.
The truth and reality is that all the masses, without the synergy of Captain Iheanacho, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, Martin and Jude Agbaso in Owerri North, could not have guaranteed a victory for Okorocha in Owerri North LGA. If we are good students of history, we should know that Achike Udenwa and Christy Anyanwu played key roles in helping secure the victory of Governor Okorocha. Why suddenly does Okorocha and his supporters call them expired politicians?
Remember also that Governor Okorocha setout in 2011 with one Senatorial seat and two Federal Representatives seat who worked with him during his electioneering campaigns. The only ACN Reps member, Hon. Matthew Omegara, also joined his fold. Sadly today Governor Okorocha has only the Rep member for his own Ideato North/Ideato South constituency as his co-party member. This is the worst record for a sitting Governor, seeking a second term and should give someone cause to worry.
With Hon Ezenwa Onyewuchi representing Owerri Municipal/North/West Constituency set to join the PDP, coupled with the impending defection of Hon. Matthew Omegara to the PDP, Okorocha’s Advisers should be fair to let their master know that he has got his political calculations wrong; thus must be ready to leave Douglas House in few months time.
The Governor should be truthful to himself and ask pertinent questions; what is it in me that scares people away from me? The way and manner Chief Udenwa and Mike Ahamba who were with the Governor at the foundation of the APC in the state is one clear indication that the Governor of Imo State has not got his politics right. The loss of Udenwa meant an automatic loss of his Redemption followers like Barrister Charles Onyeagbako, Oshieze Vincent Ehirim and many others. While we talk, many are still in the queue waiting for the best time to ditch the Rescue Mission of Governor Okorocha.
The list of those who has left the Governor are as follows; Chief Achike Udenwa, Mike Ahamba SAN, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Chief Martin Agbaso, Sir Jude Agbaso, Captain Iheanacho, Gibson Achionwa Njemanze, Uche Ogbuagu, Hon. Ezenwa Onyebuchi etc and many more who are awaiting the best time to call it quit.
Each time someone leaves, the Governors supporters are quick to label them expired politicians, but if I was an aide to Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, I will tell him the truth that all is not well in his bid for a second term in office. It will be the height of political ignorance for one to believe that the masses would stay in polling stations without the motivation by certain political stalwarts.
This is a prophesy of something that is yet to happen.
Prof Maurice Iwu, Senator Hope Uzodima, Chief Achike Udenwa, Senator Chris Anyanwu, etc conspired and Mobilised in clear deft political Manoeuvring with strong backing of President Jonathan who deployed Army from Enugu through His NSA/Ihejirika to stop Ohakim at all cost.
The Cancellation of Ohaji Egbema LGA and Oguta LGA elections was the icing. That of Mbaitoli LGA was make believe. Prof Akubundu of University of Agriculture Umudike is Used to achieve that goal.
The masses story quite laughable. Can anyone here remember margin of votes declared against Ohakim after suplimentary election.