Dissecting Uzodimma versus Okorocha
I have been watching with interest the spiral descend to anarchy in my native Imo State as two prominent Orlu sons (Governor Uzodimma and Senator Rochas Okorocha) appear set for a needless political rumble.
Orlu senatorial zone has been blessed with two eight-year terms of governorship before the current governor, Hope Uzodimma, her third son assumed office under bizarre circumstances. Yes, quite bizarre and hardly acceptable, if truth must be told. And it became more bizarre when Uzodimma inexplicably invited the Army to confront indigenes who are determined to rid the State of terrorist herdsmen living in Imo forests.
Eastern Security Network, a newly-formed regional self-defense militia outfit is poised to resist the incursion of Fulani herder-terrorists who have been violently taking over most farming lands across Nigeria, not excluding Imo State. And Governor Uzodimma whose number one business is to protect Imo indigenes choose instead to invite the Army to kill Imo indigenes. Strange!
As Orlu was dealing with the invasion, other issues were brewing. The level of power structure in Orlu senatorial zone was becoming self destructive, unlike before.
The factional President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Obiozor hails from Orlu zone, immediate past governor of the state, Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha is from Orlu, as well as the current governor. When then can these powerful people coalesce their power for the good of Orlu and Imo.
Ex Gov. Rochas Okorocha, a pretty rich young man before he became Imo governor, has always been ambitious. Born and raised in Jos, he is fluent in Hausa and can relate to all the powerful military and civilian presidents of Nigeria. He had a thriving business and secured federal contracts throughout the military and civilian governments of Nigeria. He had federal appointments along the way and was close to every regime which most probably led him to love politics.
Okorocha is charismatic, eloquent and a great speaker. His humanitarian activities and quest for excellene made him a household name. Rochas foundation was a well known benevolent outfit that helped indigents, gave scholarships and succor to the poor, and served communities within and outside Imo State. With his humanitarian background and popularity, contesting and wining Imo state governorship was a cake walk.
His intentions to transform Imo state to an enviable state was real and sincere. Unfortunately, some of the people close to him and to whom he entrusted with his ambitious development agenda did not properly align themselves with the lofty goals Okorocha had set.
Okorocha’s dream of transforming Imo state to Dubai, coupled with his public rhetoric appeal made him, undoubtably Imo state most admired governor. Gov. Okorocha had a dream but unfortunately he also bad a few advisers too. Every great man does, anyways. Cesars own bad adviser was Cassius.
In any case, I am not a politician, but I believe that public service can be therapeutic if done for the interest of the masses and that’s what Okorocha set out to do. But in doing so, it’s not to be expected that his finishing will be perfect.
The current rift between Gov. Uzodimma and Senator Okorocha should not be a surprise to anyone. Gov. Uzodimma was a Senator, he has more baggage than Okorocha if we want to be realistic. He lost Imo election, however, he went to the court and from being the fourth, he became the first. Such perfidy is only possible in Nigeria and Uzodimma might just be trying to endear himself to voters that never voted for him.
Today, Orlu people are in worse shape despite the fact that they are the power brokers in Imo state. The reported menacing presence of terrorists in the forests of Imo State should be priority for Uzodimma. Yet, he downplays such a serious matter and chooses instead to pursue Okorocha, even in a way that Okorocha himself never pursued his predecessors.
The people of Imo state need to rise up and reclaim the sanity of their state. Politicians should not take Imo citizens for fools by pretending to be fighting corruption when themselves are more corrupt. The youths and the general populace must not keep quiet while impunity in governance reigns supreme.
Dr Ifeanyi Oforegbu ( from Orlu)