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No doubt, the All Progressive Grand Alliance has turned to a beautiful bride and the darling of most Imo politicians and aspirants. Within these few weeks, we have been experiencing mass exodus of electorates and politicians from APC and PDP to APGA. These cross carpeting is owing to inconsistencies and squabbles in Imo PDP and APC, which has positioned APGA as a better alternative.

No doubt, the All Progressive Grand Alliance has turned to a beautiful bride and the darling of most Imo politicians and aspirants. Within these few weeks, we have been experiencing mass exodus of electorates and politicians from APC and PDP to APGA. These cross carpeting is owing to inconsistencies and squabbles in Imo PDP and APC, which has positioned APGA as a better alternative.


Imo APC has been pocketed by the governor and his son in law, who is bent on imposing his son in law as the party flag bearer come 2019. Recall that in 2015, Uche Nwosu who won the party's ticket for Imo governorship 2015 quietly handed over the ticket to his father in-law and there was no rancour among APC members. At this point, Rochas Okorochas has been busy positioning the party structures in such a way that it will become very easy for his son in-law to repossess his possession. This has not augured well with most APC members and stalwarts, thus leaving the party and migrating to APGA for greener pastures, especially those with political ambitions for 2019. The domineering and imposing forces of the governor and his son in-law has overshadowed the Imo State APC Chairman, I can confidently inform you that most APC members across rural communities don't even know who the state chairman is, the party is not known beyond the influences of the governor and his son.
Most people are also leaving the party due to the unpopular and anti people's policies of the Imo State government led by Rochas Okorocha. Its crystal clear that the party may find it very difficult winning elections in the state come 2019. This is also partly the reasons the governor has not been able to conduct LGA elections.
When we take a leap into the Imo PDP, the situation there is synonymous to a catch 2-2 situation, members caught in between the deep blue sea, a seeming hopeless situation, knowing the antecedents of the party. Imo PDP runs along about 3 segmentary lines or more. Divided along factions; The Emeka Ihedioha faction, the Hope Uzodinma faction and another faction comprised of a hotchpotch of other PDP stalwarts, who are neither there nor there.
Along Okigwe road alone, there are two Imo PDP party offices, referred to as the old party office and the new party office, but both of them are operational. Along Irete, Owerri Onitsha Road, there is also another Imo PDP Party office, also operational. Visiting or attending activities of Imo PDP really requires a definition of the particular camp in review.
Its also worthy of notice that the most vibrant of them all is the Emeka Ihedioha faction. It also implies that the party ticket is already gifted to Ihedioha to a greater extent. The impacts of these factions are already overwhelming and would be devastating for the party, as we draw closer to the party primaries. I see two phenomenal scenarios that are likely to be repeated come 2019.
The 2007 phenomenon; recall that in 2007, Araraume won PDP ticket but the powers that be coupled with the federal might of Obasanjo, as he then was the President and leader of the PDP, resisted the candidature of Araraume by all means. To the extent of abandoning his party flag bearer in support of Chief Ikedi Ohakim of PPA, where an agreement was reached to deliver Ohakim through the back door and get him cross carpet to PDP, thereby deflecting Ararume and others. If Okorocha insists on handing APC guber ticket to Uche Nwosu, many political actors may prefer joining forces to deliver whoever that will fly the APGA ticket.
The 2015 phenomenon, where PDP was usurped and destabilized by the forces of imposition of candidates and lack of internal democracy, those candidates that emerged after the primaries could not manage the victory effectively, leaving most aggrieved members with no better alternatives than to demobilize to other parties, particularly APC, it became more of an individual struggle. In Imo State, those who left PDP preferred to work in favour of Rochas than to see their fellow party man sworn in as the next governor of Imo State. Here, those who will be aggrieved with the outcome of 2019 PDP Primaries, just like their APC counterparts, are most likely to join forces to deliver APGA flag bearer.
Another silent factor is the movement of resources in bullion vans, where the soul and conscience of many PDP stalwarts were traded in 2015. I don't see this factor not resurfacing in 2019. Forget the noise here and there. On APGA the beautiful bride, the Imo political wind seems to be in its favour. The party as at today has the right temperament and sellable ideology to win Imo guber 2019. The "nkea bu nkeayi" and "onye ahala nwanne ya" is just a fine rustic and very innate ideology that can easily penetrate through every Igbo homes and hearts, Very rejuvenating and capable of resurrecting the Igbo spirit and oneness. It's only in APGA you will see men and women who genuinely belong to the party on the fact that "nkea bu nke ha', not because they belong to one camp of one big politician or the other. This is a rare character hard to find in PDP and APC, where most members and followers are there for one material benefit or the other, from one politician to another.
APGA has barely managed to nurture and maintain political structures across the 305 wards, which has today become the darling of most politicians and aspirants. This is as a result of the resoluteness and passion of very few individuals, who decided to shoulder the responsibility of sustaining the party, despite not being Money bags. For sure, APGA can be voted for and it can produce the next governor of Imo State. But my fear is for the party not to return to the 2011 experience, where the party ticket was handed over to an overnight "decampee", who later abandoned the labourers and held sway. To resolve this puzzle, party members, stakeholders and delegates must remember those who have maintained the party since 2015 till date. These individuals have always been there for the party, answering their calls whenever the need arises. If you put together the money they have been spending on the party from 2015 till date, it will run into hundreds of millions. Yet, during primaries you will see aspirants buying delegates and stakeholders with paltry sums, nothing compared to the burden those who have been with the party since 2015 till date has been undertaking. This error must be corrected.
The party should also ensure that greater number of its candidates wins IMHA elections, with this method; it's easier to ensure that the APGA governor, where obtainable, remains with the party. As the party prepares for its primaries, better consideration should be given to those who have been with the party prior to the Imo APGA Nov 3 Rally, growth and expansions comes by rewarding hard work and excellence.

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