... Urges Ndi Imo to reject Okorocha's monarchicalsystem of government
As the race for the 2019 governorship polls in Imo state hots up, a diaspora group under the aegis of Owerri Senatorial Congress in the United States of America has called on all the registered political parties in Imo state to zone their governorship tickets to Owerri Senatorial Zone, if they hope to get the support of the people of Owerri zone.
This is even as the Congress has urged the people of Imo State to reject Governor Rochas Okorocha's monarchical system of government, a political system in which supreme authority is vested in one individual ruler and who achieves his position through heredity. Succession usually passes from father to son, daughter, son-in-law or the monarchical dynasty.
Speaking in a telephone interview with journalists ahead of its first major convention in Oklahoma City, USA, in June 2018, the Congress said, it is the turn of Owerri senatorial zone to produce the next governor of the state, come 2019.
The President-General of the Congress, Engr. Charles Anaele noted that in spite of the fact that Owerri zone parades men and women who are eminently qualified to man the government of the state, the zone has remained the political weeping child of Imo state, having only governed the state for just one year and 10 months.
Engr. Anaele noted that Owerri zone has made a lot of sacrifices for the development of the state and accommodated all the other zones in every sense, including ceding the 1999 and 2007 governorships ambition to Orlu and Okigwe zones respectively for peaceful co-existence.
The president reiterated the demand of Owerri Senatorial Congress, USA that the governorship position be rotated to Owerri Senatorial Zone in 2019 as a right and not a privilege because according to him, the people of Owerri zone have contributed immensely to ensure equity in the state.
“The President continued, “members of Owerri Senatorial Congress, USA are holding this convention to ensure that we mobilize support for all political parties to deliver their governorship ticket to Owerri Zone governorship candidates. The message is simple and clear because, it is the turn of Owerri zone to produce the next governor of the state, come 2019 and that is not negotiable. The zone has men and women with the capacity to govern the state and this congress is ready to drive this message home for equity and fairness”.
The chairman of the Political Action Committee, Dr. Cyprian Osuoha called on the people from Orlu and Okigwe senatorial zones to remember the sacrifices Owerri zone has made politically in the past to accommodate their governorship ambitions and solicited their support for Owerri Zone in 2019. Dr. Osuoha pointed out that it is deceitful, hypocritical, selfish and pure arrogance for any person in Imo State or any part of ala Igbo to be crying about marginalization at the federal level and demanding that power be shifted to Southeast geopolitical zone, while at the same time advocating the opposite (the primitive “born to rule” mentality) at state level, a situation that has kept our country from developing to its God given potential.
The Political Action Committee chairman continued, “looking at the occupation of the governorship seat in the past, Chief Sam Mbakwe from Okigwe zone (the first executive governor of Imo state) governed for four years and three months while Chief Ikedi Ohakim also from Okigwe zone ruled for four years from 2007 to 2011. Chief Achike Udenwa from Orlu zone was governor for eight years from 1999 to 2007 and Owelle Rochas Okorocha from the same Orlu zone will be completing his eight years in 2019, a total of 16 years for Orlu zone. But Owerri zone has only held the office for one year and 10 months during the time of Chief Evans Enwerem. For peaceful co-existence, no zone should be marginalized or denied the opportunity to produce a governor.
Also speaking, the general secretary of Owerri Senatorial Congress, USA, Sam Azubuike and the Director of Communications, Chief/Engr. Sampson Udeh warned Owerri Zone indigenes who may be tempted to sabotage the governorship project by supporting or endorsing governorship candidates from other zone just for the love of money will face the wrath of Owerri people.
"Anybody supporting a candidate from Okigwe or Orlu will not succeed because the people of Orlu and Okigwe already know that it is the turn of Owerri Zone and I’m glad that most of them are working with us to realize this project. For this, we'll like to warn that any of the political parties that fails to pick its gubernatorial candidate from Owerri zone has already failed because that party will never get the support of the people of the zone”, Chief Udeh warned.
The Chairman of the Political Action committee, Dr. Osuoha added that, it will be regrettable for any candidate to accept the sponsorship of a political opponent from another zone to contest in the governorship race in order to cause confusion or make the number of people running look ludicrous.
The Congress also condemned in its entirety, the reckless endorsement of Governor Okorocha's son-in-law, Uche Nwosu for governor in 2019 by some people from Owerri zone, including lawmakers who were elected to serve the interest of their people and called on those involved to quickly retract their steps.
According to Mr. Kevin Nkwocha and Chief Engr, Sampson Udeh, Communication Director, 2019 governorship seat is very sacrosanct for Owerri zone and if the people or the zone work against that interest, that would be the last chance for the zone.
They therefore called on the people of Owerri zone to unite in the course of ensuring that an Owerri Senatorial Zone man or woman becomes the next governor come 2019 and shun any distraction that would stop the project.
Others who spoke included the vice president, Princess Faith Gilbert; Chief Felix Nnaji, former President Imo State Congress of America (ISCA); Chief Ekene Amaefule; Convention Committee Chairman, Bishop Ambrose Iwu; Sir Anthony Uwakwe from New York City and Chief Chris Ejiofor who is the host of the Oklahoma convention.