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“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory ", 1 Corinthians 15: 41.  One of the downsides of democracy in Nigeria is that everyone considers himself qualified to run for the office of the Governor, even people who do not know the road to their village any longer.

“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory ", 1 Corinthians 15: 41.  One of the downsides of democracy in Nigeria is that everyone considers himself qualified to run for the office of the Governor, even people who do not know the road to their village any longer.


Once it is election time they check their account balance and once are convinced that they have some money to spend hosting few meetings and organizing press briefings or granting press interviews, they dust their shoes and head back to their states. Pronto, they declare for governorship.
In Imo State, it is unfortunate that every Dick and Harry now wants to be Governor, even those who do not know their traditional rulers. Sometimes these people become problems to their communities in their desperate bid to have control of any political structures that exist in their communities. Oftentimes those people who think that becoming Governor in Imo State depends only on the size of their pocket dust their hat and throw it into the boxing ring, without knowing a hoot about governance and without anything on the table. The only thing they know is to lampoon their elders and speak from two sides of their mouth, and they erroneously think that this brings them closer to the populace. However, despite the money they think they have, their problem has been a proper entry point or a theme song. Put differently, their headache has been a proper introduction or announcement into the race. In this dilemma what they find as very attractive introduction is to lampoon His Excellency Dr Ikedi Ohakim and call him whatever name that caught their fancy at that point in time. This should never be so, because governorship election in Imo State is never about who is richer; and definitely not a beauty contest. You do not attempt to wipe away the history of Imo State or denigrate those who had been Governor in order to be the Governor yourself. Doing so means that you do not have any respect for the office you seek to occupy, and by that same stroke of the cane you are disqualifying yourself, because you inadvertently show that you will be a despot in office.
While Imo people expect rich and robust engagements among the politicians, characters like Mr. Sam Amadi who do not have respect for his elders and the rich history of Imo State should be avoided. He is one of the charlatans gunning for the office of the Governor of Imo State but he does not have what it takes to be the Governor. He might well be one of those grandstanding. For those who do not know, Mr. Sam Amadi on Wednesday February 14, 2018, had a press briefing where he declared his intention to run for the office of the Governor of Imo State in 2019, after which he curiously issued a press release wherein he lampooned His Excellency Dr Ikedi Ohakim, the incoming second term Governor, describing him as heartbreak. While Imo people should note that bashing Dr Ikedi Ohakim has become a beautiful theme song or introduction point into the governorship race for many of the aspirants, or even for those seeking to support others, characters like Mr. Amadi see Ohakim-bashing as dream come-true and the crown of their success. On this note one can allow him to savour his success while it lasts.
Otherwise, how could Mr. Amadi display such level of disrespect and bitterness to the rich history of Imo State and the exalted office he wants to occupy? He was the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), where he didn't solve any problem but left Nigeria in darkness; but he would find the temerity to lampoon the former Governor. After failing in his service at the NERC Mr. Amadi now considers himself qualified to be the Governor of Imo State. But alas! Imo State governorship is not for charlatans!
Truth be told, if Mr. Amadi was honest about who is a heartbreak, he should rather have looked at himself. Not only did he fail to provide electricity to his Imerienwe Community in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, he has no motorable road to his house. One wonders whether the people of Imerienwe Community do not see him as the greatest embarrassment and heartbreak of all time.
Mr. Amadi has shown that he is a cheap personality. He embarrassed himself publicly recently. It happened that he was one of the recipients of the award from the Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. While appreciating the Church for the Award he made a donation of N500, 000. Curiously, while many people made anonymous donations, Mr. Amadi rose up and challenged the Church for not announcing his donation. Such a cheap and popularity seeking personality! And to think that such mundane minded character wants to be the Governor of Imo State. Imo State is not for sale and not for the highest bidder either. It is not for the man who lampoons Ohakim the most. Imo needs serious work and requires tested and committed hands like Dr Ikedi Ohakim in 2019 who has the full grasp of the enormity of the work that would be done in 2019. Not everyone is qualified for the governorship of Imo State, and this goes beyond constitutional provisions. Imo people should be careful and not repeat the mistake of 2011. They should also be very careful so as to identify those who are merely grandstanding. Imo people should stop looking at those who think they have a heavy war chest or those who think that the man who bashes his fellow the most is qualified to be Governor in Imo State, but should rather interrogate the sources of the stupendous wealth that ooze out from them. There must be why the banking sector remains challenged despite government's most sincere efforts, and there must be why the power situation gets worse in Nigeria despite the huge investments in the sector.
There must be why Nigeria cannot beat her chest and boast of good electricity metering. It is ridiculous that Nigeria is still talking about households getting electricity meters in 2018. By interrogating the sources of wealth of these "money-bags" who think they can just buy Imo State at the asking price, many of those who do not have any business with the governorship of the state would find their level and perhaps leave the political stage for those who know about such business well. Thus, Imo State would be saved from the unnecessary tension generated by the charlatans in the polity. As 2019 governorship election approaches by the day, Imo people should rather look for the man who does not place his interest above that of the people. Ikedi Ohakim does not place his interest above that of the Imo people. He consults widely. Take for example the issue of returning schools to their original owners. Ohakim did not take a unilateral decision. He consulted all the critical stakeholders and the outcome was the smooth returning of schools to the missions. He went on to put this into law, providing also annual grants to the schools and paying salaries of the affected teachers in the initial 44 schools for two years.
Also, consider the issue of Ekeukwu Owerri Market: he consulted widely and as a result of his consultation the state exco decided not to demolish the market. As the governorship discourse continues, Imo people should remember that they need the man with clear vision on how to fix the state, not experimental hands, because Imo is not a laboratory. Ikedi Ohakim's vision remains unmatched, in the area of management/administration, Agriculture, the Economy, Industrialization, Tourism, the Environment, Health, Security, Social Welfare, etc. It is believed that visions don't die, and you would know a visionary by how much his visions/policies are copied and replicated by others. From the Award-winning Clean and Green to the handover of schools to the missions, which has also got him Award from the Catholic Church seven years after leaving office, Ohakim has shown that he is a man of vision. The same policy of handing over schools to the missions which Governor Okorocha has since abandoned was copiously copied by Dr Peter Obi of Anambra State and that gave rise to the success story in Education in that state, and it also gave Dr Peter Obi an Award from the Catholic Church recently. The Anambra State Government under Chief Willie Obiano has also copied Ohakim's Imo State Investment Promotion Agency (ISIPA), now called Anambra State Investment Promotion Agency (ASIPA). Not done, Anambra State now has its brand of IROMA.
When Dr Ikedi Ohakim implemented his policy to stop commercial motorcycles in Imo State as a result of the high rate of accidents and criminal activities, many people called for his head on a platter. But in no time almost every state in the country has copied and implemented same, including Abuja and Lagos. Ohakim's model of providing water as a critical infrastructure has also been copied and implemented in several states of the federation. That's a man of vision, truly. Interestingly, Imo people have not forgotten that Ikedi Ohakim ran one of the best organised state governments in Nigeria. While he was Governor, government's transactions followed the laid down process and guidelines, including obeying the procurement and contract laws. Contracts award followed the rules and the civil service was allowed ample room to operate. As Governor, Ohakim's speeches were documented. Even as a private citizen he is a well organized person. That was why he ran a government that was not corrupt. No wonder therefore no contract failed and no contractor ran away with Imo money while he was in office. Ohakim's administration never paid any contractor before they were even incorporated.
What stands Ohakim out from the rest is numerous, but it should be noted that Ikedi Ohakim was not clannish and never displayed despotic tendencies. For example, Ohakim made sure that every part of the state benefitted from his policies. It was his agenda that every part of the state would benefit from their God-given resources. That was why he set up the Oguta Gas Master plan, the Imo Refinery, commonly called the Oak Refinery, in the oil producing areas of the state. Ohakim's Oguta Wonder Lake project remains classic and enviable. In road infrastructure, Ohakim made sure that even rural communities got motorable and asphalted roads. Clearly, any man with these tested qualities, or any man who had put up such sterling performance, is in no way an embarrassment or heartbreak but a huge blessing to Imo State. Imo people should therefore not allow anybody pool a wool over their eyes by rehashing the Ohakim-bashing clichés. Those who still find Ohakim-bashing as a lucrative trade do not have anything to offer to Imo people.

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