In the history of Imo State, Governorship election has always spring us Suprises. We all knew how Dr. Sam Onunaka Mbakwe, Sen. Evan Enwerem, Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim And Owelle Rochas Okorocha became Imo Governors at a time. When the “known” is expected to happen, the “unknown” finally takes place. Suffice it to say that those situations that leads to the unknown happening as it relates to Imo Governorship are manifesting in the major political parties in Imo
Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)
It is a public knowledge that the PDP in Imo is not in their best times, owing to Ihedioha/Anyanwu crises rocking the party. With the Mbaise factor glaring him on the face, Emeka Ihedioha cannot make it to Government House. Sen. Samuel Anyanwu who uptil this moment nurtures the feelings that he was blackmailed, when Emeka Ihedioha’s camp endorsed Ezenwa Onyewuchi’s candidature for Senate against him even when he is still serving in the Senate, would be the last to support and see Ihedioha become Imo Governor. Samdaddy as he is fondly called by friends cannot afford to be out of office owing to Blackmail, betrayal and backstabbing. Today, a new political group called N-PDP has sprang up from Imo State chapter of PDP. Whatever be the purpose for which it was formed and Whosesoever is behind the new group has remained unknown to watchers. This will definitely tear the party and Owerri zone into shreds. So, the problem must linger.
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
For Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, it’s not going to be easy for him in APGA. Considering how he secured the ticket he is parading with, the Isiebu born Politician has already lost what would have formed support base for him if the rest of the aspirants had not felt betrayed and abandoned the party. If the APGA Guber primary was fair and transparent enough, those who lost would have collapsed their to the winner to mount a serious competition in the election. Such Goodwill the winner would have enjoyed was blown by the Isiebu born Politician. That’s within the party. Then outside APGA as a party, Ikedi Ohakim, Athan Achonu, Ike C. Ibe, Ziggy Azike Etal have already laid ambush for Araraume considering his past dealings with the above mentioned political gladiators all from Okigwe zone where he(Araraume) hails from. Of particular mention among these folks are Ikedi Ohakim and Athan Achonu. The duo can never be alive and see Ifeanyi Araraume become Imo Governor. Ohakim still believes Araraume contributed in his loosing 2011 Guber election coupled with the millions of naira the latter swindled him of which he did not deliver. Athan Achonu on his own also believe Araraume teamed up with those who stopped him from returning back to Senate when the court ordered for fresh Senatorial election in Okigwe zone. They have sharpened their knives ready to cut their own pounds of flesh.
All Progressives Congress ((APC)
Even though He parades a Guber ticket torn out and given to him by the National Chairman of APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Sen. Hope Uzodinma is one man who knows he himself can never Govern Imo. He knows. Every APC faithful and loyalist knows The Fair-Skinned Senator and his Antecedents with reference to fraudulent activities. He is known for Obtaining By Trick (OBT) otherwise referred to as 419. In the trendy days or era of OBT/419/Otokoto, Hope Uzodinma is a prominent figure. Imolites cannot forget so soon. Recently he was alleged to have swindled N200million from one Chima Akizie whom he issued dud Cheques. He was also alleged to have collected contract sum of $12million for Federal Government dredging contract which he also abandoned. Even if nobody is seen in Imo to Govern the State, certainly not a Hope Uzodinma some would say. Except Imo can afford to retrospect into Otokoto era again.
Again, One major issue that will cause implosion in Imo APC/Coalition and further deplete and bury the party in Imo is the agreement entered into by members of the Coalition that once the ticket is secured, it should be handed over to Owerri zone which they signed and the Senator does not seem to keep his own side of the bargain. It is expected that by now the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District ought to have relinquished the ticket to Owerri zone as agreed upon. But the Senator in his OBT/419 Disposition has not complied till this moment.
When the chips are down, it is even the other Governorship Candidates of political parties in Imo that will lead the campaign why a Hope Uzodinma will not Govern Imo. An Ifeanyi Araraume, Emeka Ihedioha, Ikedi Ohakim, Athan Achonu will not be alive and Hope Uzodinma becomes Imo Chief Executive. That is certain.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu (UUN)
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is one Young man whose name rings bell in the mind of Youths of Imo State. He was the immediate past Chief Of Staff Imo State Government. Uche Nwosu stands tall to benefit from Imo Governorship most especially now the Youths are clamouring for a Paradigm Shift in governance where Youths participation in government is encouraged. Uche Nwosu from the records available, has helped to empower so many Youths of Imo State. His track records, achievements and Antecedents speaks for itself. From the available records, He has contributed his quota in the development of Imo State serving in various capacities in government. The Imo State University Trained Town Planner is also the most popular candidate amongst the other Youthful candidates of other Political parties.
Should the analysis above play out eighty(80%) percent, then Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is about to make history against all odds as the Youngest Governor in State Imo and Nigeria at large.
Angus Okwudiri is a Patriotic Imo Indigene Based In Makurdi Benue State.