HOW IMOLITES RESISTED THE OPPRESSORS
Monday 6th January will be remembered in the history books as a day Imolites came out in their numbers to defend their commonwealth and patrimony.
The oppressors of Imo State are yet to come to terms with the fact that salaries can be paid in full, road construction ongoing across many roads in the State capital and the state at large, construction work ongoing across the 4 Technical Colleges, Pensioners receiving their pay, amongst other developmental strides of the Governor.
One other thing the oppressors are angry with is that the Governor on his 50th Day in office signed the Executive Order 005, instituting the much celebrated Treasury Single Account which saw to the shutting down of over 260 accounts across different banks, ran by the previous administration.
These feats saw to the rapid growth of Imo State IGR from a paltry 240 Million in June to 1 Billion Naira as at December 2019. Only a bold and courageous man like Governor Ihedioha can take such steps knowing that the oppressors were steadily benefiting from the numerous leakages in the IGR, feeding fat on the commonwealth of the ordinary people. Governor Ihedioha’s transparency and due process has earned Imo the least corrupt State in Nigeria within Six Months, as rated by National Bureau Statistics, in an APC Controlled federal Government.
It is therefore understandable to see the oppressors angry and fighting. Out of 70% that was paid to workers in the past administration, Governor Ihedioha restored to 100%, denying the oppressors access to the 30 percent which they had enjoyed in the past 8 years.
Similarly, the Governor began the payment of pensioners which was never in existence for over 80 months, another reason the oppressors are angry because money for pensioners were initially squandered and shared among political loyalists and acclaimed leaders, while the masses have china roads, thuggery and numerous societal problems to battle with.
The oppressors of our state are not members of any political party. They can be here today, tomorrow they are there and the day after tomorrow they are back here. They only unite to fight against the progress of Imo State but will never unite to discuss the wellbeing of Ndi Imo.
One significant thing about Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s administration is his clear focus on issues and his determination not to be distracted for any reason.
The Imo oppressors are not really oppositions. They don’t have the mental capacity to give reasonable and responsible opposition but are on Whatsapp on daily bases criticizing every move of the Governor.
These same people were here when our bailout fund was used to build Hotels and personal houses. Lands were collected for individuals, churches, communities just for personal use by these people.
They were here when governance was reduced to a family business.
The oppressors of our dear state were here when all the access roads in Imo was constructed with throwel and headpan. Imo became a laughing stock both at home and abroad.
Today, these same people who empowered themselves in the last 8 years with Local Government allocations through thier agents were all out claiming to have resumed work at the various LGA Headquarters as chairmen and councilors.
These miscreants reminds one of the biblical story of the two women who were both claiming ownership to a baby. When the King in his profound wisdom commanded that the child be split into two, giving each woman a half of the child, the rightful owner said that the child should be allowed to grow, when he grows he will identify the true mother. The wicked and satanic woman suggested that the little baby be killed and divided into two.
These suggestions motivated King Solomon’s decision on this particular issue.
Just like the bible also observed in John 10:10, the oppressors of our state came to steal and destroy. They hope to to create unrest and tension in the state. The oppressors came to distract a man who is already on auto cruise, sailing the Imo Ship with great energy, focus and determination.
The good news is that the oppressors have met their waterloo. They were technically ambushed at every turn and sent into the dungeon of shame.
As they tried to gain access into the various LGAs, the people resisted them. The LGA staff all came out to send them away back to abyss. They do not wish to have them again.
While moving from one Local Government to the other, I discovered the determination and the zeal in the people to defend their commonwealth. The people owned up to their collective responsibility.
According a gardener at Owerri West LGA, Mr Nzekwe, “for over 8 years now I have not practiced my skill. I’m a gardener, I used to come to work but when the last Government came they killed the Local Goverment and most of us became workers without pay. No body regarded us but today things have changed. We will not allow them disturb us again in Imo”.
A women at Ehime Mbano who is a staff of the LGA urged God to destroy all those who are planing evil against the Rebuild Imo Government. With tears in her eyes, She noted that she has been a widow for years. She said she has 5 children to train and the only source of income is her salary and the little provision business she does at the Secretariat.
According to her, the past 8 years saw to the death of the Local Government which claimed the life of her only daughter just because she didn’t have money to take her to hospital while she was sick.
Narrating further, she placed a curse on all those fighting to reclaim the Local Government through the backdoor, noting that the Rebuild Imo Administration has given a new life and breath to the Local Government. In her words, “Today we can wake up and go to work in the morning”.
There are many more testimonies and statements made by both the staff and the good people of Imo State but all boils down to the fact that the oppressors were roundly defeated by the people.
We hear they are planning again for tomorrow. The bad news for them is that the people don’t need to be mobilized. The people are ever ready to defend themselves from their oppressors.
We have made a resolve that the Egyptians we saw yesterday, we shall see them no more.
Imo people have reclaimed their State.
Imo is on the march again.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.
Aic Akwarandu writes from Owerri, Imo State.
It’s obvious that those who have held Imo hostage for years are not happy with the level of progress recorded by Governor Emeka Ihedioha within a very short while.
First time in history a Government of 7 months is undertaking 30 road projects including federal roads.
30 is a four year record for some states, but in Imo 30 is a seven months record.
Afraid that a new leader has emerged, they are willing to sponsor protests, form unholy alliances and engage in all manner of conspiracy.
The most Important thing is that Governor Emeka Ihedioha is a Governor elected for the people, by the people and of the people.
The Voice Of the People is certainly the Voice Of God.
Imo on the march again.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.
SUPREME COURT QUASHES OKOROCHA’S SON-IN-LAW (UCHE NWOSU) GOVERNORSHIP AMBITION
.. SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS IKENGA IMO UGOCHINYERE LED APP PARTY ARGUMENT THAT UCHE NWOSU WAS NEVER A CANDIDATE FOR IMO GOVERNORSHIP.
.. SUPREME COURT DISQUALIFIES UCHE NWSOU FOR DOUBLE CANDIDATURE
… SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ALSO BURIES UCHE NWOSU ELECTION PETITION APPEAL BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT
… IT IS LIBERATION DAY AND CHRISTMAS GIFT TO IMO PEOPLE AND AN END TO THE OKOROCHA’S QUEST TO CONTINUE THE PLUNDERING AND DESTRUCTION OF IMO STATE – IKENGA IMO UGOCHINYERE
The Supreme Court has just a few minutes ago finally quashed the over bloated governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha and his stooge through which Okorocha would have continued his stranglehold on the resources of Imo State and technically be holding office for a third term.
In a unanimous judgment, the Court in a Suit filed by the Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere led Action Peoples Party, APP, held that by virtue of Uche Nwosu’s double candidature and in line with the clear provisions of the Electoral Act, he was bound to be disqualified from the election and affirmed the judgments of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
By this judgment, the Election Petition Appeal against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha also before the apex court by Uche Nwosu is also dead and buried. This is because Uche Nwosu was not a validly nominated candidate for the election and therefore lacks the locus to file a petition before the Governorship Election Tribunal.
While reacting to the judgment, the National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere declared that the significance of this judgment was that Imo State was finally liberated from the Okorocha dynasty which for eight years fleeced and destroyed the state. He expressed joy that his Party was the one that sealed the fate of the Okorochas and liberated Imo State from their shackle. He also called on the EFCC and the ICPC to take advantage of this judgment which has permanently robbed Uche Nwosu of his planned immunity and investigate him, Senator Rochas Okorocha and their ilk with a view to recovering every Imo kobo stolen by them.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
National Chairman, APP
Imo has never witnessed the kind of Unity which Governor Emeka Ihedioha has brought in the land, in recent times.
Governor Ihedioha has brought leadership in the Land. Imo leaders and Imo people are on the same page.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi….
IHEDIOHA AND HIS SELF SEEKING CRITICS: A CALL TO REASON.
Constructive criticism is a sine qua non for good governance.
It keeps the ruling class on its toes by objectively pointing out their lapses while proffering solutions or alternatives and recognizing acheivements with the ultimate aim of creating a better society. It is therefore a valuable tool in raising and maintaining performance standards in government.
Any government that ignores objective criticism lends itself to the insidious and monstrous virus of praise singing and invariably lapses into mediocrity.
Good critics earn their respect and relevance by being objective and constructive and by so doing they endear themselves to the people, initiate positive changes in society and disarm even the most high handed of rulers.
Good criticism is a means whose end is good governance. But when criticism becomes the end rather than the means, the critic is blinded to truth, facts , reality and invariably becomes irrelevant as the audience continues to juxtapose criticism with facts and reality. Over time, his audience diminishes and the critic as they say in dramaturgy “dies” .
To avoid this artistic death, during our eight years in opposition, I constantly admonished the Imo PDP media team to shun subjective , negative and destructive criticism for their own relevance and in the interest of good governance.
I advised them to refrain from writing with out facts, not to make criticism an end to itself, play to the gallery , pander to the whims and caprices of their principlals or worse still, yield to the lure of “settlement”.
I insisted that they must not ignore or deliberately seek to undermine observable acheivements of the Okorocha administration while we laid siege for his numerous policy flops.
When there was nothing to write about, we didn’t write. When we criticized any initiative or project, we proffered alternatives.
Our guiding principle was: ” If you can’t cook don’t tell someone that their food needs salt.” Gradually, we earned the confidence of Imolites and got them to subscribe to our perspective on governance.
It would have been nice to extend the same advise to the critics of Ihedioha’s government for their own relevance and for the need to sustain criticism as a performance enhancing tool in governance.
But it’s not my place to advise them.
Let them continue to make fools of themselves.
Let them continue with their emotional outbursts.
Let them continue to say “nothing is happening” in the face of monumental acheivements in increased revenue generation , pension scheme administration, massive road construction, foreign investments, renewed confidence in governance , transparency and Local Government administration reforms.
Let them continue to turn a blind eye to the revival of the civil service and due process.
Let them shut their ears to the jubilations of the people over employment opportunities in education, civil service and construction.
Let them indeed continue to make mockery of themselves as lmolites laugh at them.
As they wallow in self deceit, they fail to realize that their relevance dwindles by the day. That beyond their chat groups and their paymasters nobody reads them .
In short that they no longer count!
My only advice would be to leave them with the following words of Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts:
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly: who errs and comes short again and again: because there is no effort without error and shortcomings: but who does actually strive to do the deed: who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high acheivement and who at worst , if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who