|Owelle Rochas Okorochas|
I was at a meeting by chance a few days ago and was with 2 people that have done so well for themselves in their businesses.
Young men from the Eastern part of Nigeria, who I believe are part of those that can bring about that great future we are earnestly awaiting.
While having our good hearted discussion about our country, we touched so many things, a few of which were the state of the nation, vis-a-vis IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, Boko Haram, Imo State etc.
Here for this space we would only talk about Imo State, that South Eastern state that has as her capital the famous Owerri, where Owelle Rochas Okorocha reigns supreme as the Generalismo, the Executive Governor and the boss of all bosses, totally annihilating all opposing voices.
Imagine the shock of my life, when one of those I was in discussions with, who hails from Imo state said categorically, that "the last time Imo State had it good or had a proper people serving, service conscious, development minded Government in place in the state, was during the administration of the Late Sam Mbakwe".
What???? That long ago?
He went on further to say that successive governments thereafter, time after time, have just been cosmetic, especially this present one, who is more talk then anything else! More shock!!!!
This person I was with, is from Imo State and he is extraordinarily passionate about his state. Also, he is not a politician at all, but a professional to the core and one who has etched a mark and has done well for himself. He believes that part of the reasons behind the agitation of IPOB and especially for Biafra especially as promoted by Nnamdi Kanu is because of the kind of dearth of leadership that has been prevalent all of these years. He felt that if there were purposeful people with the right mind and intellect in Governance most especially in his state and in the East as a whole, that development which is the crux of the agitations wouldn't have been minimal or better still near zero like it is.
So we have thought to ask here and now on this platform, that what "value (s)", very tangible ones at that have Rochas added to the lives of the people of Imo State since he became the Governor of the state? And by extension also, can an APC candidate ever win another election in Imo State again? Especially now that we are hearing that the Governor's son-in-law Uche Nwosu, who is married to his first daughter Uloma and who is the current Chief of Staff to the Governor is the anointed one, the preferred one being especially groomed to take over from his father-in-law!
More after the break.
Uche is and has always been a loyal son, so maybe it is the time to pay him for his extreme loyalty, especially also as he is the husband of Rochas well loved daughter.
When Rochas should have been the one via which his party the APC, which is the ruling party in the country, would have shown the Eastern states what it is like to be a part of the mainstream, it is rather the opposite! Rochas so called inactions and unnecessary noise making has only further pushed away and alienated his people away from the APC in Imo. Those who are said to be in his support or clamouring for him are only those eating from him, so they are only telling him what's he wants to hear.
One would have expected major developmental strides to have taken over the whole of Imo, especially as the party still wants to retain the people's mandate come 2019 both in the Governorship and the Presidential elections. And that could have swayed the Ibos to vote enmasse for the APC, but rather it's not like that at all.
So if truly Uche Nwosu is the anointed son, would it be plan sailing for him or would the people revolt? And go far away to pick their choice?