2015: Can Ihedioha govern Imo State?

In today’s Imo politics, the people can no longer be deceived by political intrigues of those who have held the progress of the state to the jugular for some time now.

 

The present Deputy Speaker House of Representative, Sir Chukwuemeka Nkem Ihedioha is presently the representative for Aboh Mbaise/Ngor-Okpala Federal Constituency in the nation’s Green Chamber. He has been there since the year 2003. He hails from Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. ofImo State and was the Chief Whip in the last National Assembly.

Interestingly, unfolding events shows that he has been making preparations to launch himself into the Imo governorship contest come 2015. Presently, he is sponsoring the ousted Local Government Chairmen in Imo State to continue hitting up the Imo polity so as to frustrate the administration of the incumbent state Governor. He is using all his federal connections and powers to make the state ungovernable so that he will probably take over in 2015.

Therefore, it is high time people started analyzing the antecedents of those who present themselves for leadership. This must be done with wisdom and without sentiments and bias. Therefore, a little voyage into the antecedents of Hon. Ihedioha presents him as an insincere statesman especially when it comes to keeping agreements. First of all, before his election to represent Aboh Mbaise/Ngor-Okpala Federal Constituency, there was an accord between the people of Aboh Mbaise and Ngor-Okpala for rotational representation between the two local government areas. It was agreed that each of the two areas would be producing a representative per tenure. Accordingly, Ngor-Okpala produced the representative for the constituency in 1999 and in 2003 this representative stepped down as agreed. Emeka Ihedioha stepped in 2003 and in 2007 he broke this gentleman’s agreement and has been maliciously rigging himself back to the Green Chamber against the wish of the people of that federal constituency and also to the detriment of Ngor-Okpala turn. It is believed that he uses places like Lorji, Amuzu Uvuru etc. to inflate votes that have always seen him back to the National Assembly in a ‘grand style’. All through his political life, he has been associated with rigging. Election riggers are enemies of the people. Now that the culture of rigging has been crucified by Imo people in 2011, the people of the state must also make sure that people like Ihedioha are finally sent out of the political turf of the State.

 

Secondly, during the election of the principal officers in the present country’s House of Representatives, Ihedioha’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party had an agreement on the geopolitical zones that the officers would emerge from. Unfortunately, Ihedioha led the gang that breached this arrangement with impunity, betrayed and connived against his party and unscrupulously thwarted the whole arrangement. Today, the PDP see him and his cohorts as an enigma. And such a betrayer wants to rule Imo?

Next is that this supposed knight of the Anglican Church has always been spotted in most of the financial controversies that have rocked the nation’s House of Representatives. He was in the center of the embezzlement of =N=150 million given to him to organize the 2010 Kano Retreat for Members of the House of Representatives and the celebration of the 10thYear of Democracy. He was also fingered in the alleged financial crime that saw the former House of Reps Speaker Dimeji Bankole get prosecuted by the EFCC. He was also mentioned in the current bribery scandal involving Hon. Farouk Lawan. And this man wants to rule Imo!

In another vein, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha is known as a perfectionist in pulling down public office holders especially the ones from Imo State. In 2007, he plotted for the removal of his brother legislator Bethel Amadi as the Chief Whip and took over his post. He also influenced the suspension of his fellow Mbaise brother and former House of Reps colleague Hon Independence Ogunenwe who represented Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency for trying to fight corruption in the Green Chamber. He also connived with Ex-Governor Ikedi Ohakim to destroy the political career of Ohakim’s deputy Dr. Ada Okwuonu. He was among those who forced the poor woman to resign as Deputy Governor before the end of her tenure. When that one did not work, he wickedly brought Prof Viola Onwuliri to replace Okwuonu as Ohakim’s running mate in 2011 Imo Governorship Election. This is said to be one of the things that made Ohakim to fail in that election. Not yet done with the above, Emeka Ihedioha further schemed Dr. Okwuonu who is her wife’s sister out of being a minister. He has been publicly declaring that he and Ohakim acted that evil script in Aso Rock against Okwuonu. Ihedioha must have done all of the above against Okwuonu probably because Okwuonu’s humane nature seems to run contrary to his wicked political ideology. Currently, he is plotting how to ruin the political career of another of her sister, Senator Chris Anyanwu who is the senator for Owerri Zone. And this man wants to rule Imo!

Last year, Emeka Ihedioha had an electricity power station sited in his village Mbutu which he attracted to be commissioned. This station was designed to hook off Mbaise axis from the Egbu power station. Since the commissioning of that power station, it has not produced a single watt of electricity. Rumour has it that the money for the contract was embezzled by ‘those who attracted the project’ and that is why the station has refused to function. Who embezzled the money? Your answer is as good as mine. And the ‘DIShounourable’ member of House of ‘RepresentaTHIEVES’ wants to rule Imo!

People who are very close to this Mbaise-born politician also say that he is selfish, sectional, mean, desperate and can do anything because of power. They say that Imo will be in perpetual bondage if he becomes its Governor because of the kind of person they know him to be. Therefore, the revolution that started last year is spreading like wide fire and will definitely consume all the enemies of progress in Imo State. Nevertheless, the people must be vigilant and wiser in analyzing those who want to rule them. ‘Once beaten, twice shy’.

 

Written by: Romanus Eze

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