By Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu
A few days ago I wrote a powerful treatise titled: “ACHO IHIM’S DEFECTION TO PDP: A DEATH KNELL ON OKOROCHA’S POLITICAL DYNASTY”.
That write up appears to be spot on and prophetic judging by fresh unsavoury developments in the camp of Rochas Okorocha’s dynasty.
Recently, the National Chairman of Action Alliance (AA), my friend, former classmate and colleague, Chief Barr. Kenneth Udeze, issued an emphatic Press Release stating the withdrawal of the AA from the ongoing Imo State Governorship Election Tribunal.
In his statement, he cited several reasons for the party’s decision including the fact that the party was adhering to the CUUP arrangement in forming a government of National and State unity.
In other words, a continuation of the litigation will contravene the CUPP arrangement and possibly isolate the party in the State and nationally, should the PDP win at the Presidential Tribunal.
This decision of the party is indeed a masterstroke and I am not surprised because I have always known the AA Chairman as a sagacious politician right from our school days.
He has been a focused, intelligent and courageous gentleman who can’t be pushed around by parochial sentiments.
In actual fact, the party is justified in taking this action in order to save itself from self-destruction occasioned by Uche Nwosu’s impetuos and rebellious conducts since he became the AA guber candidate.
It is a known fact that as soon as he became the AA guber candidate, Nwosu, like his father-in-law Rochas Okorocha, started acting like an emperor by disobeying the Constitution of the party and the authorities.
As if anti-party activity is in his and Okorocha’s genes, he openly campaigned for President Buhari’s re-election contrary to the party’s CUPP agreement to support the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
It was even reported that after he woefully lost the election, Nwosu in his desperation, didn’t consult with the party authorities before flying like a Bat to file a petition at the Tribunal.
He slighted the party leadership whom it was reported he claims he has bought over and pocketed, forgetting that without the party his candidacy won’t stand.
Now that the party has pulled the rug off from his feet by withdrawing from the Tribunal, his illicit and over-ambitious quest to become Governor at-all-cost is dead.
According to the Constitution and the Electoral Act, without a political party an individual can’t vie for any elective post.
Therefore, without the AA, Nwosu can’t effectively challenge the translucent victory of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha at the Tribunal.Again, by their action the AA has clearly demonstrated faith and confidence in the government of Rt Hon Ihedioha.
This is why other aggrieved guber aspirants should follow suit and withdraw their petitions from the Tribunal too.
After all what is Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume contesting for again when his constituency, Okigwe zone already have the plum positions of Speaker of the House of Assembly and Chief of Staff to the Governor in their kitty?
Or what is Sen. Hope Uzodinma agitating for again when his constituency, Orlu Zone already have a Deputy Governor (after holding the office of Governor for 16 years), Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, etc?
This is beside the beautiful projects His Excellency the Governor has promised to execute in these zones soonest.
Consequently, if they fail to withdraw their petitions, then these men will leave Imolites with no doubt that there quest to lead the State is selfish and not in the collective interest of the good people of Imo State.
By Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu