By Udo Chukwu Kay Cee
Owerri, April 25 (Newshour.com.ng) – Nothing, essentially, promotes unity, freedom and progress than equity, justice and fairness. As a matter of fact, equity, justice and fairness lead to prosperity, growth and development. It was on this basis that Prof Wole Soyinka enthused thus: Justice is the foundation of humanity.
In Imo State, the combined factors of political iniquity and social decadence plus economic despondence has dangerously made it possible for Orlu Zone to have produced three governors who, on May 29, 2023, have ruled for 20 years out of the 24 years of democracy, in this dispensation.
The former governor, Chief Achike Udenwa from Orlu LGA in Orlu Zone administered Imo State between 1999 and 2007. Another Orlu Zone ward, now Senator Rochas Okorocha from Ogboko in Ideato South, reigned between 2011 and 2019. And the serving governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, from Omuma in Oru East, has been calling the shots since January 15, 2020. Put together, it is 20 years out of 24 Orlu has been accidentally producing the Imo State governor.
Besides Orlu Zone, Okigwe Zone has equally has its fair share of rulership as it has occupied the Imo State Government House for eight years and two months. Those were the years when the late Dr Sam Mbakwe and Chief Ikedi Ohakim ruled. On the other hand, Owerri Zone had governed for only 25 months, that is, two years and a month – not up to a term of four years. Those were when the late Senator Evan Enwerem (18 months) and Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha ( seven months) served as governors.
Therefore, for equity, justice and fairness to prevail, and for the progress, stability, growth and development of the the Eastern Heartland state, naturally and normally, an Owerri Zone ward ought to be voted in as governor on November 11, 2023 Imo State governorship election.
As fate will have it, a brilliant, workaholic and visionary Owerri Zone son of the soil, has emerged in the horizon. He is Ikenga Johnjude Okere from Ihitte Okwe in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area.
Humble, energetic and well prepared for governance,Ikenga Johnjude Okere has the three cardinal elements that usually make a leader to achieve his set out goals. That is, he has the competence, character and capacity to take Imo State to the Olympic height of greatness from her present gutter of inanities.
Moreover, those who know Ikenga Johnjude have testified that he equally posseses the other characteristics which normally enable a leader to perform and achieve his goals and objectives. His friends, and even foes, insist that Ikenga Johnjude is a man of vision. He already has a marshall plan of what he wants to be credited as his achievements in office.
Two, reliable sources close to him say he is also blessed with the gift of courage which will power and fire his imagination towards carrying out his avowed vision. Three, the Ngor Okpala born business entrepreneur turned politician is always firm in his decisions, thus, he has the wherewithal to withstand all the blows and jabs that will emerge from all fronts, attempting to torpedo his landmark dreams and hallmark objectives.
Of course, Ikenga Johnjude, the Accord governorship candidate for the November election in Imo State has well established contacts and connections. And, finally, he is not corrupt – he has never been questioned or indicted by any of the anti graft commissions or agencies in the country. In order words, he does not have any skeleton in his cupboard: he has no baggage.
With his resounding message of agricultural revolution, industrial growth, housing development, improved security, sports, entertainment and tourism invigoration as well as massive road construction and reconstruction across the three political zones of the state, Ikenga Johnjude is poised to really make Imo a most exciting, most appealing and most understanding state in the country.
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