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The governorship and House Assembly elections held on Saturday 9th March, 2019 have not been concluded three days after the elections. While the governorship elections results are not yet known or released as at the time of this publication that of the Imo House of Assembly has been released with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a comfortable lead. The two last editions of the Discourse Column titled: 9th March elections: Questions INEC & Security Agencies must answer; 5th March 2019 and 8th March 2019 edition with 9 March guber & IMHA elections Imperative & Collective to liberate Imo are apt to ensure the elections should be free, fair and credible and candidates with powerful pedigree, ingenuity and credibility are voted into office. Those write-ups emphasized that INEC and security agencies should maintain integrity, neutrality and above-board to enable Imo electorate exercise their franchise without fear, intimidation and vote buying. Unfortunately the result of the guber election is being delayed makes room for distortion and manipulation. The elections were acrimonious with shooting, maiming and snatching of ballot boxes admitted to have over-whelmed the election. Who were those parading security agencies, armed to the teeth, setting property owned by the government or individuals ablaze? Which of the political party in Imo State often guilty of this crime? In doing justice to these issues, delaying the declaration of the actual winner of the guber candidate is suspicious. If the situation is so bad in the last four years, what was it like in 2015? The Discourse Column of the Nigeria Moment edition of 11-12, 2015 titled: Is Imo State at war? This is germane as history is repeating itself four years after. The edition is worth reproducing and comparing with the 9th March, 2019 gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections. “The way Imo State is going is a source of concern to anybody conscious of what the state used to be. In the South East zone, Imo State is an envy, a pace-setter to other states. It has its outstanding attributes. It has a large quantity of men and women who have excelled in their various professions from the three zones; Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu. Those three zones work together, share things equitably well, in business, academics and entertainment industry. The state boosts of individuals who can compete with their cotemporaries outside Imo, Nigeria. But unfortunately and particularly now, Imo State has suddenly found itself in a sorry state. Politics is now practiced do or die. The airwave especially that of Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC is now a theater of war with unwholesome and destructive attacks unleashed on innocent Imolites, distinguished personalities all aimed at discrediting other candidates who are legitimately qualified with the incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha. The radio station is a political arm of APC that has systematically stifled the voice of the opposition. Even though the station claims to comply with the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to give equal opportunities to other parties to air their political jingles, adverts and programs, Barr. Ifeanyi Olumba, the Chairman of IBC and the Director General of IBC, Mrs. Esther Obong Egbuna have paid lip-service of NBC directives. There are also other viciously working against the interest of the opposition. IBC has been so partisan that the likes of Ihedioha, Ihenacho and others cannot be availed the services of our collective heritage, IBC. Either Bb Njemanze is on the station, Paddy Obinna, Barr. Ifeanyi Olumba, the Transition Committee Chairman of Okigwe LGA, the Commissioner for information and Strategy, Enger. Chidi Ibe, recycling one issue and that is that Imo State will go down if Okorocha is voted out and that is why other candidates are painted criminals especially the PDP candidates, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. Unfortunately, the more they create the impression that Okorocha is a saint, indispensable, the more Imolites decode their insincerity and bad faith. Today, a governor that rose to power a poor man is now a multi billionaire, ironically impoverishing majority of Imolits. Governor Okorocha is his words has declared prominent Imo sons and daughters his enemies, for no other crime than condemning Okorocha's impunity, rascality, arrogance and criminality. Okorocha is now a saint while Achike Udenwa, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanuanwu, Arthur Nzeribe, Mrs. Viola Onuwuliri, Emeka Ihedioha and others too numerous to mention are common criminals. We saw this long time ago. I had written a piece in this column of Nigeria Moment edition 23-25 January, 2015 titled: Is Hon. Ihedioha Governor Okrocha's nemesis? In that publication, I stated interlia “Ihedioha's emergence sends one signal that PDP is irreversibly committed to the restoration of Charter of Equity thus, sending alarm that PDP declares Governor Anayo Okorocha persona-non-grata in Douglas House in the coming dispensation. Since then, Governor Okorocha has been unleashing venom, increasing his dangerous campaign to thwart the ambition of the PDP candidate whose rising profile is piercing the nook and cranny of the state even without media hype. Propaganda has a transient victory when not confronted immediately by facts. Propaganda does not withstand facts and figures. Facts and truths remain ever green, overwhelm propaganda. For three years and we have been fed on half truth and propaganda. But recently, the governorship candidate of PDP, came out with a mind boggling allegation that Rochas Okorocha has destroyed the local government system by mismanaging the monthly federal allocations to the 27 councils. According to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Okorocha has misused three hundred billion naira (N300b) allocations to the councils since the inception of Rochas' administration. Emeka is not somebody associated with blackmail. He is not a loud mouth. When he speaks, he speaks with facts. I have previously written about ravaging poverty, hunger and hardship deliberately inflicted on the people by the same Rescue Mission that promised at its inception to eradicate poverty it claimed was spread by Ohakim. As I am writing, majority of Imolites including pensioners, civil servants, contractors and traders are nagging, gnashing their teeth, dying in the face of jumbo allocations to the councils and the state government. the local government administration has crumbled yet one man keeps posting us with changing tactics that industries he could not built, rehabilitate old one, will be build if he is re-elected. From Ihedioha's revelation, Owerri North received N5,103,710,965.71 from the federation account in the past three and half years under Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha. For the avoidance of doubt, Owerri North is made up of Emii, Emekuku, Awaka, Ihitte, Egbu, Uratta, Amakohia, Akwakwuma, Naze, Obibiezena, Agbala and Ulakwo. This issue of local government allocations must be addressed holistically, transparently and convincingly. In answering this allegation, the question is, did Rochas receive N300b or not? The answer does not need a double speak. The answer Imolities expect is yes or no, point blank. How the figure was expended on structures, infrastructures and lives of local government workers in these councils? As a matter of fact, the councils have not risen beyond what they were before Okorocha came in. If it is true that the allocations in Owerri North were as reviewed, the governor worked against the development of the communities in the councils. What if the situation that N5b was invested in Owerri North Council? Every community in the council would have been entitled to one tarred road markets of national standards, portable water etc. Mbaoma Autonomous Community wouldn't have been parading forty-five years after the civil war, a primary school, community School Emii, a structure as a classroom block and a sad reminder of the Nigeria civil war. On a large scale, if N300b was truly acknowledged and used judiciously, the 27 councils would have been huge construction sites. It is surprising that the bane of the councils is the use of the joint account arrangement. We can also see the consequences of lack of due process, CGC contraption to rip off and weaken the local government councils. To the eagle-eyed imolites. Governor Okorocha is not as holy as he demonstrated in 2011. Slowly but surely, majority of uninformed Imolites will come to understand the antics of the governor who has betrayed the confidence reposed in him by Imolites. The most deceit by unholy alliance with APC is to drag Imolites and Igbos into a party whose agenda is clearly against the Igbos. The free education is a charade to milk Imo resources dry. Contracts are given to his family, friends and Hausas at the expense of genuine contractors. Already, Imolites are closing on him despite millions of naira expended on media hype. Building a chapel at the Government House does not translate to godliness. If actually he is a Christian as he claims, why did Okorocha shun the debate organized by Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Imo State chapter? Has he forgotten that it was similar organized debate that shot Rochas to victory in 2011 but rather Okorocha decided to attend a miniature stage-managed debate organized at the Imo State University, Owerri where questions that could stir up eye-opening issues were not asked? Imolites are on red alert, ready to effect the change of their expectation.” Ended That the gubernatorial that took place on Saturday, expected that results, collations and declaration of result would take place on Sunday 10th is still unannounced and not concluded Monday 11th March is unfortunate. Results of gubernatorial elections in Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu states declared is a relief, joy and ecstasy for the citizens of these states and Imo state should not be an exception. What is being witnessed are incidents of arson, shoot-outs, ballot box snatching, killings and alleged deployment of unformed security agencies to subvert the popular choice. Why is Imo State bedeviled with bad news, negative stories during elections? Some argue that this ugly situation is a product of desperation and manipulation because governor Okorocha is not getting it right. That he does not consider or see it right to groom a successor from another zone – Owerri, the Charter equity favours is injustice. It is at the root of his ignominy and Imolites collectively are determined to resist his imposition of his son-in-law. INEC is advised in the interest of the people to release the result of the governorship election to defuse, relax the tension, anxiety and uncertainty in the horizon in Imo State. Sydney O. Madukwem, guest writer, Dile Emeohe Mbaoma, Emii, Owerri North L/G
The governorship and House Assembly elections held on Saturday 9th March, 2019 have not been concluded three days after the elections. While the governorship elections results are not yet known or released as at the time of this publication that of the Imo House of Assembly has been released with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a comfortable lead. The two last editions of the Discourse Column titled: 9th March elections: Questions INEC & Security Agencies must answer; 5th March 2019 and 8th March 2019 edition with 9 March guber & IMHA elections Imperative & Collective to liberate Imo are apt to ensure the elections should be free, fair and credible and candidates with powerful pedigree, ingenuity and credibility are voted into office. Those write-ups emphasized that INEC and security agencies should maintain integrity, neutrality and above-board to enable Imo electorate exercise their franchise without fear, intimidation and vote buying. Unfortunately the result of the guber election is being delayed makes room for distortion and manipulation. The elections were acrimonious with shooting, maiming and snatching of ballot boxes admitted to have over-whelmed the election. Who were those parading security agencies, armed to the teeth, setting property owned by the government or individuals ablaze? Which of the political party in Imo State often guilty of this crime? In doing justice to these issues, delaying the declaration of the actual winner of the guber candidate is suspicious. If the situation is so bad in the last four years, what was it like in 2015? The Discourse Column of the Nigeria Moment edition of 11-12, 2015 titled: Is Imo State at war? This is germane as history is repeating itself four years after. The edition is worth reproducing and comparing with the 9th March, 2019 gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections. “The way Imo State is going is a source of concern to anybody conscious of what the state used to be. In the South East zone, Imo State is an envy, a pace-setter to other states. It has its outstanding attributes. It has a large quantity of men and women who have excelled in their various professions from the three zones; Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu. Those three zones work together, share things equitably well, in business, academics and entertainment industry. The state boosts of individuals who can compete with their cotemporaries outside Imo, Nigeria. But unfortunately and particularly now, Imo State has suddenly found itself in a sorry state. Politics is now practiced do or die. The airwave especially that of Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC is now a theater of war with unwholesome and destructive attacks unleashed on innocent Imolites, distinguished personalities all aimed at discrediting other candidates who are legitimately qualified with the incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha. The radio station is a political arm of APC that has systematically stifled the voice of the opposition. Even though the station claims to comply with the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to give equal opportunities to other parties to air their political jingles, adverts and programs, Barr. Ifeanyi Olumba, the Chairman of IBC and the Director General of IBC, Mrs. Esther Obong Egbuna have paid lip-service of NBC directives. There are also other viciously working against the interest of the opposition. IBC has been so partisan that the likes of Ihedioha, Ihenacho and others cannot be availed the services of our collective heritage, IBC. Either Bb Njemanze is on the station, Paddy Obinna, Barr. Ifeanyi Olumba, the Transition Committee Chairman of Okigwe LGA, the Commissioner for information and Strategy, Enger. Chidi Ibe, recycling one issue and that is that Imo State will go down if Okorocha is voted out and that is why other candidates are painted criminals especially the PDP candidates, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. Unfortunately, the more they create the impression that Okorocha is a saint, indispensable, the more Imolites decode their insincerity and bad faith. Today, a governor that rose to power a poor man is now a multi billionaire, ironically impoverishing majority of Imolits. Governor Okorocha is his words has declared prominent Imo sons and daughters his enemies, for no other crime than condemning Okorocha's impunity, rascality, arrogance and criminality. Okorocha is now a saint while Achike Udenwa, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanuanwu, Arthur Nzeribe, Mrs. Viola Onuwuliri, Emeka Ihedioha and others too numerous to mention are common criminals. We saw this long time ago. I had written a piece in this column of Nigeria Moment edition 23-25 January, 2015 titled: Is Hon. Ihedioha Governor Okrocha's nemesis? In that publication, I stated interlia “Ihedioha's emergence sends one signal that PDP is irreversibly committed to the restoration of Charter of Equity thus, sending alarm that PDP declares Governor Anayo Okorocha persona-non-grata in Douglas House in the coming dispensation. Since then, Governor Okorocha has been unleashing venom, increasing his dangerous campaign to thwart the ambition of the PDP candidate whose rising profile is piercing the nook and cranny of the state even without media hype. Propaganda has a transient victory when not confronted immediately by facts. Propaganda does not withstand facts and figures. Facts and truths remain ever green, overwhelm propaganda. For three years and we have been fed on half truth and propaganda. But recently, the governorship candidate of PDP, came out with a mind boggling allegation that Rochas Okorocha has destroyed the local government system by mismanaging the monthly federal allocations to the 27 councils. According to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Okorocha has misused three hundred billion naira (N300b) allocations to the councils since the inception of Rochas' administration. Emeka is not somebody associated with blackmail. He is not a loud mouth. When he speaks, he speaks with facts. I have previously written about ravaging poverty, hunger and hardship deliberately inflicted on the people by the same Rescue Mission that promised at its inception to eradicate poverty it claimed was spread by Ohakim. As I am writing, majority of Imolites including pensioners, civil servants, contractors and traders are nagging, gnashing their teeth, dying in the face of jumbo allocations to the councils and the state government. the local government administration has crumbled yet one man keeps posting us with changing tactics that industries he could not built, rehabilitate old one, will be build if he is re-elected. From Ihedioha's revelation, Owerri North received N5,103,710,965.71 from the federation account in the past three and half years under Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha. For the avoidance of doubt, Owerri North is made up of Emii, Emekuku, Awaka, Ihitte, Egbu, Uratta, Amakohia, Akwakwuma, Naze, Obibiezena, Agbala and Ulakwo. This issue of local government allocations must be addressed holistically, transparently and convincingly. In answering this allegation, the question is, did Rochas receive N300b or not? The answer does not need a double speak. The answer Imolities expect is yes or no, point blank. How the figure was expended on structures, infrastructures and lives of local government workers in these councils? As a matter of fact, the councils have not risen beyond what they were before Okorocha came in. If it is true that the allocations in Owerri North were as reviewed, the governor worked against the development of the communities in the councils. What if the situation that N5b was invested in Owerri North Council? Every community in the council would have been entitled to one tarred road markets of national standards, portable water etc. Mbaoma Autonomous Community wouldn't have been parading forty-five years after the civil war, a primary school, community School Emii, a structure as a classroom block and a sad reminder of the Nigeria civil war. On a large scale, if N300b was truly acknowledged and used judiciously, the 27 councils would have been huge construction sites. It is surprising that the bane of the councils is the use of the joint account arrangement. We can also see the consequences of lack of due process, CGC contraption to rip off and weaken the local government councils. To the eagle-eyed imolites. Governor Okorocha is not as holy as he demonstrated in 2011. Slowly but surely, majority of uninformed Imolites will come to understand the antics of the governor who has betrayed the confidence reposed in him by Imolites. The most deceit by unholy alliance with APC is to drag Imolites and Igbos into a party whose agenda is clearly against the Igbos. The free education is a charade to milk Imo resources dry. Contracts are given to his family, friends and Hausas at the expense of genuine contractors. Already, Imolites are closing on him despite millions of naira expended on media hype. Building a chapel at the Government House does not translate to godliness. If actually he is a Christian as he claims, why did Okorocha shun the debate organized by Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Imo State chapter? Has he forgotten that it was similar organized debate that shot Rochas to victory in 2011 but rather Okorocha decided to attend a miniature stage-managed debate organized at the Imo State University, Owerri where questions that could stir up eye-opening issues were not asked? Imolites are on red alert, ready to effect the change of their expectation.” Ended That the gubernatorial that took place on Saturday, expected that results, collations and declaration of result would take place on Sunday 10th is still unannounced and not concluded Monday 11th March is unfortunate. Results of gubernatorial elections in Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu states declared is a relief, joy and ecstasy for the citizens of these states and Imo state should not be an exception. What is being witnessed are incidents of arson, shoot-outs, ballot box snatching, killings and alleged deployment of unformed security agencies to subvert the popular choice. Why is Imo State bedeviled with bad news, negative stories during elections? Some argue that this ugly situation is a product of desperation and manipulation because governor Okorocha is not getting it right. That he does not consider or see it right to groom a successor from another zone – Owerri, the Charter equity favours is injustice. It is at the root of his ignominy and Imolites collectively are determined to resist his imposition of his son-in-law. INEC is advised in the interest of the people to release the result of the governorship election to defuse, relax the tension, anxiety and uncertainty in the horizon in Imo State. Sydney O. Madukwem, guest writer, Dile Emeohe Mbaoma, Emii, Owerri North L/G
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