Why Ndi Igbo must Reconsider Ohakim’s 2nd term Bid

Gov. Ikedi Ohakim.

Ndi’Igbo, this is actually the period to trade blames on
any of our sons and daughters in the leadership position that didn’t
deliver. This is the time to throw away the quick aura in blaming the rest
of Nigeria for marginalization whereas some of our sons and daughters had
marginalised and are still marginalising us in the respective states that
made up the South-East geopolitical zone they are the leader.
And the 2011 elections bell is ringing and they are still warming up again
for us to give them a 2nd chance even when they could not deliver in their
1st chance.

It is very sad that those we thought that went to school to better us have
swiftly become the people that have betrayed us.

With their messy character, what eye do the people of other regions watch us
with? Do they see us as a people that involve in anything bad? Do they see
us as 419ners, drug dealers, kidnappers, money launderers, and ritual
killers? Is the problem we have in ala-Igbo not with us? These and many more
are the questions every Igbo person should be asking.

Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s declaration of a 2nd term to rule Imo State at Dan
Anyiam Stadium on the 6th November 2010 calls for sober reflection. What we
should be asking Ohakim is what is he declaring for 2nd term when the
majority of Imo people are yet to see the dividends of democracy in his 1st
term. This is a gentle approach which should not be intended to defame or
bastardize anybody. Should Imo people give him a second chance to
homogeneitse power again as if the trust given a person to lead his or her
should be a personal affair? Ndi’Igbo should ask Ohakim and help pity Imo
State and those Ohakim has empowered as media tigers to wire and write their
own aggrieved version against any person who writes what they wouldn’t want
and like to hear of the governor.

Is Imo State rooted out of the system in Nigeria in the administration of
Ohakim? Instead of his advisers to advise Ohakim on matters that have been
binging disgrace to his name and the state, rather they continued pouring
fuel to the inferno with their malicious articles to defend their pay master
and their job. But are sources not contended that Ohakim had rendered the
local government sole administrators in Imo State useless and powerless? Are
the sole administrators not turned puppets and rubberstamps? These are

Are the majority of Ohakim’s commissioners and special advisers, according
to sources, not dismayed by the governor’s style of governance? “Imo is run
like a family business by Ohakim, his wife and his brother,” said one
source. “None of the commissioners can initiate or award any contract, and
they don’t even receive monies in a timely manner to run the ministries or
pay salaries,” said a disaffected permanent secretary. “Ohakim’s Government
House controls every contract. Commissioners are often compelled to meet
Emma Ohakim, the governor’s younger brother and deputy Chief of Staff, to
discuss their needs and concerns.” said a top government source. And many
other mindsore that are alleged happening in Ohakim’s government.

Whether Imo State was traded to compensate Morris Iwu, as has been
speculation, for rigging the 2007 general election in favour of PDP, Imo
State in earnest does not deserve this Ohakiding approach of governance
anymore. This is time no one should be compensated the Secretary to the Imo
State Government because his brother was allegedly aided ‘rubbish’.

Ohakim has been many times reportedly involved in personally beating-up of
people because they told him the gospel truth as if this is military regime.
Does Ohakim know the man known as Kingsley Ibe who is alleged is a scammer?
Does he also had a stint with the Fafink Finance owned by an ex 419 kingpin?
These could be glaring facts on the ground but Ndi’Igbo might not talk
because a man with money in the recent times holds the ‘power’, whereas
Ndi’Igbo regard the above act and others as abomination. Ndi’Igbo are not
fools. Is Ohakim allegedly looting Imo State dry? And if this is true, would
he be allowed to go free, let alone coming back for a 2nd chance, as
governor of Imo State?

However, anybody that is involved in the act of lootcracy is deluding
himself or herself. It is sad to note the allegation of a story where a guy
was mentioned as his front man in South Africa and yet he still collects
money from the state as a special adviser. Tufiakwa!

It is the likes of Ohakim that have always made people imagined what kind of
country Nigeria is. It is very sad that those entrusted with leadership in
Nigeria would love money more than those who entrusted them with the
leadership. Ndi’Igbo must rise up to their responsibility and move into Imo
State to check the alleged pillages of the state’s resources by Ohakim.

Whether Ohakim and his cohorts like it or not, Imo is a failed state laced
with unrepentant fraudsters both in the government and in the traditional
institution of the state. Is the New Face of Imo not actually said is the
New Face of Deception? Did Ohakim launch any 7-star hotel in South Africa
during the World cup?

Ndi’Igbo should tell Ohakim to respect himself for his 2nd term bid till all
the allegations levelled against him in virtually all the facets of his
government are cleared. Ndi’Igbo should stop relying on the EFFC before they
checkmated their own leaders. After all, EFCC died with the forced exit of
Ribadu. Who can say what Florida Waziri has achieved since her assumption of
office, if not roll call of alleged corrupt politicians, without bringing
them to book?

Let government officials stop selling the soul of the people of their
states, as many Imo people are saying that Ohakim is doing. Anybody that
betrays his or her people have sold his or her soul to the devil. Everything
should not be left to God to intervene; Imo people need a neat character as
a Governor in 2011. Imo people have said that they have listened to Ohakim’s
declaration speech and the hocus-pocus intricacies didn’t lag in the nature
of his manifests. But whether Ohakim is corrupt today or not, Ndi’Igbo
should be the opposition to any governor of the Southeast states and should
stop blaming opposition political parties that could have done the same in
government if they were given the chance. Like Ndi’Igbo would say: “The owl
farted and asked his kinsmen to sing praises – the rhythm of his farts – and
they told her that bad things were not sung for.”

*Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author and Media Consultant, is the Founder of Poet
Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email:

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