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Imo State: Red Card for Okorocha?

The evolution of ‘Ka Opuo’ (Literally meaning let him go) is a popular album released in two parts ‘Ka Opou’ one and ‘Ka Opou climax by a renowned comedian and former aide to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Mr. UcheOgbuagu. Ogbuagu served in Okorocha’s administration as Special Assistant on Entertainment before he resigned over allegations of deceit on the part of government. The released of the album ‘Ka Opuo’ by Ogbuagu few months ago, ushered in the use of whistle and red card display in public functions which the state government and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) find offensive. The album, specifically berated the administration of Governor Okorocha and listed some of the ills of the governor.

 

A lot of Imo electorate have embraced the use of whistle and red card display particularly at public function to express their dissatisfaction with the incumbent governor.

 

It is no longer news that Okorocha’s administration is being run by his family members, in-laws and business associates. When he assumed power in 2011, his popularity soared due to the circumstances of his emergence.

At every occasion, he excited the people with his slogan: “My people, my people” which received wide ovation but today the story is different as his style of governance clearly conveys a difference slogan: “My family, my family”. Ogbuagu did not mince words when he listed some of the corruption cases against the governor and his administration since 2011 when he assumed office.

 

According to him, the governor had allegedly acquired over 20 plots of land at Spilbat at Akwakuma in Owerri North Local Government area expanding to Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA with over 50 twin bungalows in the estate. The building of roundabouts in the state with Arabic signs’, China roads’ constructed by the current administration and rehabilitation of the same china roads for six times in two years.

 

Other areas touched by Ogbuagu included owing of contractors, non conduct of local government election in the state, forceful land acquisition from their owners without compensation and acquiring of 600 CoOs by the governor. In the albums, Ogbuagu also alleged that the governor used state funds to contest APC presidential primaries knowing he would not secure the ticket, describing such venture as colossal waste. Also is the alleged award of contracts to his in-laws, family members and people outside the state among others.

The whistle blowing and red card display led to the disruption of governorship debate organized by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese when a group of women started blowing the whistle and displaying red cards to every person in the gathering. This singular act angered the members of the APC and they embarked massive destruction of the podium as well as accusing the organisers of bringing women suspected to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to abuse the governor. The allegation has since been dismissed by the organisers.

One of the grouses against Governor Okorocha was that in 2011, he promised the people of the state that he would only administer the state for four years and hand over to somebody from Owerri zone.

Since he hailed from Orlu zone that had occupied the seat of government for eight years under Chief AchikeUdenwa and with Okorocha completing his first four years, it therefore means that Orlu zone had ruled the state for 12 years with Owerri zone administering the state for only 22months. For equity, justice and fair play, they aver that Owerri zone should produce the next governor of the state.

 

Governor Okorocha has consistently at different fora even in churches that Imo state is too small for him to govern and at the same time, it is only people that failed examination that repeat the class. What is now on people’s lips is why he (Okorocha) made the u-turn, why did he swallow his words and at what point did he change his mind to go for second term?

Already, majority of the electorate in the state are teaming up with the PDP governorship candidate, Chief EmekaIhedioha to repeat the feat of March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections where the PDP clinched all the three senatorial seats in the state as well as sweeping eight out of 10 House of Representatives seats.

 

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