2011 governorship election in Imo state was the most keenly contested of its kind in the state. Chief Ikedi Ohakim was the sitting governor at the time while Owelle Rochas Okorocha was the topmost challenger.
A conspiracy theory bordering on the molestation of a catholic priest was hatched against the sitting governor. The unsubstantiated and unverified theory was bandied about by opportunists whose sole aim was to see the ouster of Ikedi Ohakim without recourse to Imo charter of equity that provided a peaceful formula for power rotation among the three geopolitical zones of the state.
Regrettably, our good people of Owerri zone joined the fray in favour of the baseless and unfounded theory. I could remember how Ikedi Ohakim was appealing to them reminding them of the fact that they would take over from him after his next four years going by the provision of the charter of equity! Alas, the people turned a deaf ear, preferring to throw the baby away with the bath water.
Consequently Owelle Rochas Okorocha emerged winner and jubilation rent the air in Owerri and Orlu zones while Okigwe zone got submerged in deep mourning!
What then was the reward of Owerri for all the benevolence? Recently, they couldn’t believe their eyes when their historic symbol, Eke Ukwu Owerri was forcefully relocated from its ancestral location against their collective will. An action that meant torching an average Owerri man on the raw!
In my candid opinion, relocating that market was not necessary! Government should have rehabilitated and facelifted the market at it ancestral location to a modern market as that is the major market that served the metropolis.
At any rate, I cease this opportunity to commiserate with ndi Owerri over the disservice and condole with the families bereaved by the poorly conducted relocation exercise especially the family of Master Somtoochukwu Ibeanusi! May God grant them the fortitude to bear the lost!!
How I wished Owerri people listened to Chief Ikedi Ohakim in 2011! There would not have been any need for this treatise! In fact, Owerri zone would have been enjoying their first term!
Therefore as 2019 beckons, I still remind ndi Owerri to consider “The New Deal” which advocates unity between Okigwe and Owerri zones to enthrone Ikedi Ohakim who cannot go beyond four years so that Owerri zone can take over by 2023! Hence the restoration of the charter of equity!
They should realise that the only validation to this deal is the consensus endorsement of Chief Ikedi Ohakim. Anything else opens doors for all!!!!!!
Emma Nzenwa GOC (Engr)
2015 Governorship Candidate, New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and
Coalition of Great Imolites(CGI)