By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A
Listening to and reading what Imo PDP leaders and members are saying about their song of “Anambra not Imo” makes one wonder what sense is in anybody cutting his to nose to spite his face!
How on earth would anybody believe that by calling anyone else such hail names as “Abuja Governor” or “Supreme Court Governor, he’s shaming the person? What’s a shame in politics?
Is Governor Uzodimma the first governor to be declared governor by the Supreme Court? Why’s Uzodimma’s case believed to different and a shame? Who’s the holy politician?
There has been this craze by some people in Imo State who have steadily confirmed themselves to be enemies of the State. It’s the concept of “Anambra not Imo”! The explanation and kowashietion has been that the results of the just concluded 2021 Anambra governorship election won’t be manipulated by the Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, who doubled as the Chairman, APC Campaign Council for the election in Anambra.
Prior to the Anambra guber election, Governor Uzodimma also served as the Chairman, APC Campaign Council for the Edo State guber election in 2020. At that time also, the same gang of enemies of Imo State waxed lyrical with the chant of “Edo not Imo”! Meaning, that Governor Uzodimma can’t manipulate the results of the guber election in Edo State in that year.
But the truth is that with elections in Nigeria, Edo is Imo and Anambra is Imo. It’s so because first and foremost, the three States in question here are all from the Southern divide of Nigeria. Then, let nobody forget that “Anambra na Imo wunu nwanne”! The creation of States in 1976 saw the separation of the then East Central State into Anambra and Imo States! The geographical affinity of Anambra and Imo still bonds both states with liquid bond like Abia and Imo States.
Yet, in the political realm, Anambra is Imo. How? Apart from the dishonest and insincere alibi of Governor Uzodimma manipulating election results m, Anambra and Imo States have been passing through almost very similar common experiences in politics and elections.
First, at the advent of the 4th Republic in 1999, Anambra and Imo became PDP States by virtue of victories in the 1999 general elections. While Dr. Chimaroke Mbadinuju won with PDP in Anambra, Chief Achike Udenwa won with PDP in Imo. Then, Anambra was Imo and Imo was Anambra!
Somehow somehow, PDP lost Anambra after the next election in 2003 till date, just as PDP lost Imo after the next election in 2003 till date. Along the lines, Anambra and Imo became APGA States, with Mr. Peter Obi in Anambra as governor and Owelle Rochas Okorocha in Imo as governor.
Instructively, to a large extent, the causes of the political misfortunes of Anambra State are similar to those of Imo State. Abundance of qualified people. Great petition writers and petitioners. Plurality of political money bags. Treatment of politics as buying and selling business ventures and enterprises. Igbo Ama eze. Lack of respect for others. Political apathy and apolitical citizens. Etcetera! All of the above militate against reasonable and meaningful politics and politicking in both Anambra and Imo States.
The Governor Hope Uzodimma alibi!
On January 14, 2020 the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled that the then Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma was the bona-fide authentic winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State. That was after the legal redress he sought at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal (GEPT), through the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.
It’s that Uzodimma’s success and victory in the legal hostilities and brouhaha at the Supreme Court of Nigeria that the deeply disgruntled bad losers posing as leaders and members of Imo PDP saw as an Uzodimma manipulation of the Supreme Court. They concluded that it was Uzodimma that took the decision that was delivered as the ruling of the Apex Court. How such unreasonable senseless thought and thinking made reason and sense to Imo PDP still worries sensibilities!
Going by that illogical logic, when INEC declared PDP and Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha winners of the election, Ihedioha was INEC governor. True or false? When the GEPT upheld the decision of INEC that PDP and Ihedioha won, Ihedioha became Tribunal Governor. True or false? And when the Court of Appeal upheld the judgement of the Tribunal, Ihedioha became Court of Appeal Governor. True or false? Does this thought and thinking make any sense?
Obviously, what Imo PDP wanted was for Governor Uzodimma to reject the Supreme Court judgment which was in his favour. Should Uzodimma have jettisoned the Supreme Court judgment that crowned him Imo governor so that PDP and Ihedioha will remain in Douglas House? Would that have made any sense? Would it have been reasonable? Why do PDP leaders and members contemplate such hypocrisy?
Imo PDP leaders and members should know that if there’s anybody that should be blamed for the emergence of Uzodimma as governor, it must be the PDP and its candidate in that election. That’s because they created the room for the decision of the Supreme Court. Otherwise, blame the Supreme Court, if you can! Supreme Court judgments are like God’s case. They can’t be appealed. This is story for another day!
So, with the foregoing, is it true that Governor Uzodimma manipulated 2019 Imo guber election at any level? Of course, not! Cashing in on past experiences to castigate anyone isn’t a good way of assessing people. That Saul of yesterday could become the Paul of today. Peter remained leader of the apostles and disciples after he denied Jesus! Every living soul has a history! Nobody is an embodiment of virtues and no vice!
It’s most unfortunate that Imo PDP feigns cataract and even glaucoma to the good work providence is wroughting in Imo State via the instrumentality of Governor Hope Uzodimma. Is it true that why APC appoints him to serve as their governorship campaign council is to manipulate the results of the election? If that’s the case, why did they delegate him again as Campaign Council Chairman for Anambra 2021 after he failed to manipulate the results of Edo 2020? He who needs sense, let him receive sense! In Jesus’s name. Amen!
Therefore, let nobody persevere in the foolishness of associating Governor Uzodimma with manipulation of election results, else the processes that culminated in the ascendancy of PDP and Ihedioha will be tabled before the public for scrutiny, assessment, measurement and evaluation! Incidentally, Barr. Willie Amadi has already done a spade work on that! Continuing from where he stopped won’t be difficult!
Out of over 20 governors of APC, Governor Uzodimma, a first termer is so much trusted to serve his party in the capacity of Chairman, APC Campaign Council in Edo 2020 and again in Anambra 2021. Yet, all Imo PDP and those they mislead could see is that Governor Uzodimma is on a negative mission of manipulating results of elections? What a pity! Imo PDP deserves pity! Imo PDP has proved to be the greatest enemy of Imo State and Imo people, polluting and poisoning the minds of impressionable Imolites!
What Ndimo should be doing now is to congratulate Governor Uzodimma for his meritorious appointment as Chairman, APC Campaign Council for both Edo 2020 and Anambra 2021. Then, Imolites should immensely thank President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leadership of APC for finding Imo son and Imo governor, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, fit and worthy enough to serve APC at such elevated level! Ndimo must be grateful!
We’ll sign out on this topic at this juncture. He who has ears, let him hear. The world is watching!!
By God’s grace, Imo State must be rehabilitated, reconstructed and recovered!!