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IMO STATE IN SEARCH OF GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE AND UNITY
Prof. Ikegwuoha, Bernard-Thompson Onyemauchechukwu
(Sunday; May 4, 2014)
Imo State ethnic map is divided into three senatorial zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe. In the equation of Imo State democratically elected governors, Okigwe zone has produced Governors Sam Mbakwe (Obowo) and Ikedi Ohakim (Mbano). Similarly, Orlu zone has produced Governors Achike Udenwa (Amaifeke) and Rochas Okorocha (Ogboko, Ideator). Indeed, Owerri has only produced Governor Evans Enwerem. As it stands now, the rotational governorship experiment seems to have been completed since all the senatorial zones of Imo State has had the opportunity of producing an Executive Governor of Imo State.
It seems that Imo State leaders are right now pitting one senatorial zone against the other, for the purpose of “divide and rule” and for selfish reason. Why is it that the leaders from the three senatorial zones have for the purpose of 2015 gubernatorial election, quickly turned to ethnicity (informal, and unconstitutional rotational gubernatorial arrangement –that breeds mediocrity, as in the case of Governor Ikedi Ohakim) as their preferred vehicle to pursue this competition, and mobilize public support for their gubernatorial ambitions.
Imolites must develop a strategy for the adoption of “State Democracy” as a means of ensuring “unity in diversity” –and for building a coherent state out of over several indigenous ethnic groups, which are abound even in each of the three senatorial zones. This is how Imo state as a united front, can afford to avoid a clash of customs, values, and emerging idea of zonal entitlement. Rotational governorship in Imo State has had deleterious effect and has helped in developing a pattern of uneven development –in favour of the senatorial zone that produce the governor.
The senatorial zonal divisions have continually been exacerbated by triple threats of clientelism, corruption, and unstable authoritarian governing structure, which together fosters senatorial zone’s competition, and hinders economic potential of Imolites. Imo State clientelism here is the practice by which a particular senatorial (Orlu, Owerri, Okigwe) zone receives disproportionate policy benefits or even political favours from the governor (political patron/godfather) of their senatorial zone, usually at the expense of the other two senatorial zones. By fostering political competition along sectional (senatorial) zonal lines, the gubernatorial candidate when elected as Governors, will tend to undermine social trust, and political stability, which are necessary conditions for economic growth of Imo State.
After the governorship has rotated to the three senatorial zones of Imo since 1979 till date, if anything should remain united, meritocracy should be fostered, and this can only happen when all qualified citizens living in Imo State, who regularly pay their taxes, should have the inalienable right of running for the highest office in the state regardless of their senatorial zones of origin. This system should follow the American presidential and gubernatorial model –where the Executive President and Governor is directly chosen and elected by the electorate rather than indirectly by a particular senatorial zone
Who is better positioned in PDP to defeat Governor Rochas Okorocha in Imo State?
There are: Distinguished Senator-Hope Uzodinma (Owna Nd'igbo Gburugburu), from Orlu senatorial zone; former Senator representing Okigwe zone: Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume (Ugo eji Agamba) and Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (Ome nka Ahuru Anya), Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives who is representing Owerri zone. These are the three political heavyweights with other minor candidates who are actually running for Deputy Governor of Imo State.
For me as a PDP member, and the Chairman of PDP USA Chapter, an Imolite from Orlu senatorial zone, it does not matter whether a cat is black or white, what matters is that the cat is able to catch mice. Whether it is Senators Hope Uzodimma, Ararume, or Hon. Ihedioha, what matters is that Owelle Rochas Okorocha is sent packing out of Douglas (Glass) House, Owerri come May 29, 2015.
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Ikegwuoha, Bernard-Thompson, Ph.D., Chairman, PDP USA Chapter with H. E. Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo, CON, National Chairman of PDP, at the Chairman's Office, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, on August 10, 2010, during a courtesy visit
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(From L - R) PDP USA Chapter Chairman, Prof. Ikegwuoha, Bernard-Thompson; National Chairman, Prince Ogbulafor, Vincent (Middle) & PDU Chapter Secretary, Folashade Arowoselu (Right) at the National Chairman's residence in Abuja -Nigeria. March 12, 2008
PDP USA Chapter Chairman, Prof. Ikegwuoha, Bernard-Thompson introducing Chapter Secretary, Ms. Arowoselu Folashade & Organizing Secretary, Mr. Unachukwu, Vincent to the Newly Elected National Chairman, Prince Ogbulafor, Vincent in his house at Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja -Nigeria. March 12, 2008
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