There are 5 things the people of Imo State need to know about Governor Rochas Okorocha, Hon. Uche Nwosu, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume and Sen. Hope Uzodinma who are aspiring to be Governor and Senator on different political platform.
1. THEY BELONG TO ONE POLITICAL FAMILY
It is no longer a secret that although these four men belong to different political parties, yet they are from the same political family. During the 2015 guber elections in Imo State, Senators Hope Uzodinma and Ifeanyi Ararume reached an alliance with Gov. Rochas Okorocha and his son-in-law Hon. Uche Nwosu. As a result of that alliance, Sen. Ararume delivered Okigwe zone to Okorocha while Sen. Uzodinma delivered Orlu zone. It was alleged that Uche Nwosu supervised the overall rigging of the election.These men both dined together and allegedly shared the loot together. They only fell apart because Okorocha opted to handover power to his son-in-law instead of either of them. It is believed that a vote for one of them is a vote for all of them. It is expected that should either of them win the guber elections, the others will reconcile with him and it will become business as usual in the Government House.
2. THEY ARE SUPPORTERS OF BUHARI
It is not a secret that all these men are supporters of President Buhari’s re-election bid. We all know that the Igbos were marginalized and made to pass through hell under the Buhari regime. We can’t forget how the Army vide the Operation Python Dance slaughtered Igbo youths at the order of Buhari. We all know how the Igbos were excluded from major political appointments in the Federal Cabinet. It can’t be an over statement to say that Buhari hates the Igbos with a passion. Therefore any Igbo politician supporting the re-election of Buhari, (especially now the Igbos have a chance of producing a Vice-President after 4 decades through the PDP) hates the Igbos. Such a politician should be rejected by the Igbos as well. Since Okorocha, Nwosu, Uzodinma and Ararume are die-hard supporters of Buhari, since they are against the Igbos producing a Vice-President next year, they don’t deserve the votes of Igbos. Igbos should reject them.
3. A VOTE FOR THEM IS A VOTE FOR ISLAMIZATION OF IGBO LAND
It is abundantly clear from his disposition that President Buhari has a plan to Islamize the country. Otherwise what are his reasons for appointing only Hausa Fulani Muslims as security chiefs? Why did he remove the CJN to replace him with a Sharia Judge? Why are the Fulani herdsmen slaughtering christians without hinderance? Why did Buhari proscribe the unarmed IPOB and allowed the armed Fulani Herdsmen to operate freely? All these goes to show that there is a clandestine plot by the powers that be to systematically Islamize Nigeria. So all Igbo politicians supporting Buhari are supporting the Islamization of Igboland which will happen if Buhari is re-elected. Ararume, Okorocha, Nwosu and Uzodinma by supporting Buhari are supporting the Islamization of Igboland. Imo people should reject them or face Islamization should these men succeed.
4. THEY SHARED OUR PATRIMONY TOGETHER
It is no longer a secret that soon after Gov. Okorocha won his re-election bid in 2015, he heavily compensated Ararume and Uzodinma financially and otherwise. They shared lands and property belonging to Imo people amongst themselves. They also shared political appointments amongst themsleves of which Ararume’s son Ifeanyi Ararume jnr was appointed Commissioner and Transitional Committee Chairman. Electing any of these men as governor is returning Imo State to familiocracy and “chop I chop” governance.
5. THEY HAVE THE SAME IDIOSYNCRASY
Okorocha, Nwosu, Uzodinma and Ararume are birds of same feathers. They think and behave alike and that’s why they always work together. If you closely observe these men you will see that there is little or no difference between them. Imolites will get another “Okorocha treatment” should any of these men be elected as governor.
-Barr. Ekene Bob-Ekechukwu is a Civil Right Lawyer and a political activist who wrote in from Owerri.