For the past few days I took off time from the blog to observe things. One of the most controversial stories from our beloved State this week was the glorious decampment of the newly elected Speaker, Rt.Hon Ben Uwajimogu to APGA minuites after he was sworn in.
I can’t stop smiling at the scenario playing in my head. . . . . and the Oscar Winning performance by Deputy Governor Jude Agbaso who had to keep a straight face all through the Inauguration Ceremony amidst the look of shock in the room. PRICELESS!!
Dont you just love the suspence and drama? You dont have to be a graduate of Political science to enjoy Politics. The behind the scenes drama make it worth my time and I have no regrets whatsoever.
Back to the issue at hand.
It is expected for tongues to wag because the elected speaker was a fresh member won his seat into the House on a PDP ticket. Party rules stipulate that there must be some sort of chaos within the party before one decamps. Now that the latter was not the case, I can’t fathom why some of us still fussing over it?
I ran into someone earlier on this afternoon and, he likened the newly elected Speaker to Judas Iscariot for betraying his Party.
For those who might be thinking on the same path, I advice that we put the Sentiments away. There was nothing to betray in the first place.
It is all about what I term POLITIMATICS. You analyze, calculate and take your best shot ! Very simple.
A perfect example of a Politimatical situation can be seen in the Owerri Senatorial Zone Elections between Amb. Kema Chikwe and Sen.Chris Anyanwu. The decamp from PDP to APGA by Sen. Chris Anyanwu was a well timed equation that distabilized whatever PDP machinery in place in to deliver Amb.Kema Chikwe.
The defect of the Speaker to the ruling Party (APGA) was about the most logical thing anyone in his position would do. He made the move in the best interest of the People so as to ensure peaceful governance in the state. Enough of the Decamp talk!
From the look of things, we dont need a sooth sayer to tell us that the 2011 Elections in Imo State brought PDP to a humiliating halt.
So that I am not misconstrued, I must state that there is no doubt PDP still has its followership in the State.
In my opinion, aside from the qualities and agenda the Okorocha campaign brought to the table, it is safe to say that the people voted against Ohakim and not necessarily against the Peoples Democratic Party.
However, in the event that PDP still has dreams of reclaiming the Governorship of the State, what they can do at this point is to come into a reckoning. Take away all the BAD EGGS in the Party and bring in a candidate who will match Gov. Okorocha policy to policy, intellect to intellect, Ofcourse that IF His Excellency chooses to pursue a Second term.
If APGA does not strengthen their party over the next Four years then, then they give room to PDP to perfect their strategies for a come back.
Not to digress.With the emergence of Rt.Hon. Uwajumogu as the Number 3 man in the state and, the most senior leader in PDP, the Party was most likely to use their Speaker to fight / frustrate the Okorocha administration. It was inevitable.
Journey with me down Memory lane to the Second Republic and I will pick out a perfect example to back my statement.
History has it that in 1979, Gov.Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa was elected Governor in Kaduna State on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP). At the time, the ruling party , National Party of Nigeria (NPN) challenged his election unsuccessfully. Like players in a Chess game, the Governor was constantly stalemated by the Kaduna state house of assembly, which ofcourse was dominated by NPN members.
The Governor was unable to form a cabinet since he refused to nominate NPN members and subsequently, as a result ,the House refused to ratify his candidates. Eventually he was impeached Two years into his tenure in June 1981, making him the first Nigerian state governor ever to be impeached.
Could that have repeated itself in Imo State? I leave the question open. The answers are not far fetched.
For those saying the defect by the Speaker, Deputy, Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the House was as a result of a close door arrangement between ___________,______________ and ________ with a nod from _________, you are on your own.
I chose to refrain from such shallow minded conversations and I encourage every other IMOLITE to do the same.
Rather than dwell on petty ashiri, let us utilize that time in praying that we get the best out of the 4th House of Assembly .
My humble thoughts. I rest my pen,