By Williams Odunze
I have being keen in observing actions of Governor Hope Uzodinma towards the people of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta.l do think the hatred has been there un noticed and suddenly has its outward manifestation
as he became Governor of Imo State.
Ever his emergence as the number one citizen of Imo State, all his actions,body language and administrative strategies are geard towards victimizing the people of Ohaji /Egbema and Oguta.
And these can be butressed by the Gestapo manner in which the former Deputy Governor of Imo State, his Exellency Gerald Irona was besieged and arrested at his residence in Owerri,an action that is bereft of any tenet of democracy.
A scene that ought not beholding in a democratic setting.
He was treated as a common criminal without being accorded the honour of once a number two citizen of the State.
The way he was arrested and arraigned before the Magistrate Court that said that it lacks jurisdiction over the case and still keeps him under Its custody,speaks volumes of political influence on the matter.
And the State Government can not claim ignorant of the matter.
Last time it was Hon.Kingsley Uju the current Member representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Whom he used all manner of intimidations and unverifiable accusations to rigged him out of office, just to stop from becoming a ranking member.
All these happened within this electioneering period just to have his way in keeping the people of the areas in perpetual Political servitude.
To me, there exist an orchestrated plan by Hope Uzodinma’s Administration to weaken the political strengths of the areas so that they remain genuflected before him and remain weak in addressing mirage of Political and Economic marginalization meeted on them by Governors from the zone.
At last quarter of last year,the Governor was given the title “Ezi Enyii Ohaji” during Emume Iriji Ohaji.
At the event,he narrated that his early life started from the area.That Ohaji is instrumental to where he is in politics today
He went further to say that during his Political travail that Ohaji people came to his aid and when he was homeless and have no where to go that Ohaji people gave him shelter,he ended by saying that he will ever remain grateful to the people of Ohaji.
Ironically, as it may sound, before the event,he has already arrested and detained ISOPADEC Workers for weeks, the simple reason was that they are protesting over their unpaid salaries and poor working condition and majority of the arrested workers were from Ohaji.
Despite the fact that he was very reluctant to release them, just few weeks after their release at his own pleasure,they were sacked and replaced with his kith and kin.Yet he said,he will ever remain grateful to Ohaji people.
On assumption of office, the first Victim of his so called Civil Service reshuffle was the sacking of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities, Prince Obinna Chibuzor, first Ohaji Man to attained such height in the State Civil Service Cadre.Yet,he said , he will ever remain grateful to the people of Ohaji.
Another casualty of his administration,was Accountant Donald Igbokwe from Oguta Local Government Area, first person from the area to occupy the office of Accountant General of the State was removed by Governor Hope Uzodinma on assumption of office.
As if, that was not enough, honourable member representing Ohaji/Egbema in Imo State House of Assembly,Hon.Heclus Okoro became his second Victim of the Administrative Criminal Justice System that was passed into law, which empowers him to arrest and detain citizens at his own will.
The Honourable was attacked in Government House,right before the Governor who did not do anything to save the ugly situation.
What followed after, was his arrest and detention for weeks.
Coming to infrastructural development, the two Local Government Areas are at the zero list in the present administration as there is no Government presence in the Areas.
Regrettably, these areas are the Economic Heart Beat of the State, but still, lacked everything except Bad Roads, Environmental Decay, Dilapidated School Structures,Non Functional Health Centres, Years of living in darkness.To cap it all Politically Motivated Insecurity and systematic Carnage against the people of the areas.
There is nothing positive that has ever happened in these areas under Uzodinma’s Administration
Rather,what we have is an ISOPADEC that have failed woefully on its mission.
Obitti-Imo Rubber Estate that has gone to extinction andAda Palm that is now moribund.
What about the Environmental Decay caused by Anti Environmental activities of Oil Companies Operating in those areas.
All these are clear indications of out right negligence from a government that doesn’t care about a particular people because of a perceived hatred.
The continuous detention of Gerald Irona on the allegation of Treasonable Charges and Convertion of Government Property, that are yet to be proved by State Government is a further evidence to the fact that, this present administration is out to deal with Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta people.