Either consciously or otherwise, Senator Ken Nnamani, made Enugu governorship aspirant, Chief Chineyeaka Ohaa, an unsellable product.
Nnamani during a reception organized by the Awkunanaw Nkanu clan in a push for Ohaa’s political ambition said that the retired federal permanent Secretary had almost faced the wrath of law for financial impropriety while Ohaa served in the federal civil service, but that he (Nnamani) leveraged on his position as the then Senate President intervened through the then EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, and got a reprieve for Ohaa, noting that Ohaa would not have attained the height from which he retired if he (Nnamani) had not intervened.
“When I said he was witness against his boss, Senator Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani at EFCC, some people thought I was lying, thank God you have heard it from the horse’s mouth,” Nnamani further made poor remarks on Ohaa, whom he was supposed to be promoting.
The remarks have since gone viral on online platforms, prompting discussions on the real intentions of Senator Nnamani.
There are two explanations to Ken’s gaffe. it’s either he was positioning himself as godfather to Ohaa, in the event that Ohaa becomes the governor of Enugu state, in which case he would exhibited himself as Ohaa’s bedrock to political ascendancy or he had hidden agenda of destroying Ohaa while pretending to be of help.
There are reasons Nnamani would have chosen the later. One, Ohaa is presently aspiring to be governor, with a deep pocket, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whereas Nnamani is in the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nnamani would have tried without success to pull Ohaa to the APC without success and may be subtly venting venom at Ohaa.
It is also possible that Nnamani maybe be looking for an opportunity to instigate investigation on Ohaa so as to knock him down at the expense of a preferred aspirant he is keeping close to his chest, or may have as well would have been overwhelmed in a show of bravado.
But one thing is certain, if Nigeria is where there are true and working anti-corruption agencies, Chief Ohaa would have been under questioning by now.
The outlandish and expensive campaigns being mounted by politicians in Nigeria should come to scrutiny, moreso when such flamboyancy are coming for the background of retired civil servants who traditionally are not known to be the very rich men, unlike businessmen with verifiable source of expensive wealth.
Nnamani’s remarks are supposed to throw challenges to both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other anti-corruption civil society agencies.