April 24th, 2011
Nigerian politicians are not worth dying for.
They take us for granted. This is why we must not take our
lives for granted for the ascension of any political
contender. What kind of money is worth losing a life for?
But Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State acts like one who
wants the people of Imo State to lose their lives, so that
he could be re-elected, following his body language, which
From accounts of what have been playing out in that state,
whoever that is working for Rochas Okorocha or Ifeanyi
Ararume, automatically becomes Ohakim’s enemy. His agents
also know those people who are working for these contenders,
have their lists, and have made arrests or worse.
Ohakim seems to have moles in every political camp in Imo
State, that are passing information to him. And many people
do not know this, they go about exposing theirselves. How
can somebody who said that he is a leader be so savage by
asking that nobody posts anything but Ohakim’s posters in
Owerri? Some persons have asked: What manner of Governor is
It is sad that Ohakim is playing ‘do-or-die’ politics. And
the just concluded National Assembly elections in some parts
of the state proved this. He forgot that all over the world,
democracy is not a game of holding one group down, while
another is promoted.
My USA-based friend, Emenike Nwankwo, PhD, had warned: “It
was just an act of supporting the invasion of privacy that
forced president Nixon to resign during watergate. His
campaign staff were accused of secretly breaking into the
offices of his opponent. When the incident leaked out to the
press and it became a burden, he was forced to resign his
office and hand over to his deputy”.
Would people stay away from Ohakim’s track and stop
provoking him because he is so desperate than some Imo
people can see? So, Ohakim did not expect any challenge?
Would Ohakim sacrifice any Imo person who is not supporting
him? He cannot intimidate all the people to stay away from
Imo politics even when it is known that a dead general can
not live to fight again, but it is known that a good lawyer
even speaks from the grave. And Imo people must speak out!
Ohakim cannot intimidate all the Imo people with his rattled
snake condition in that state’s politics so far, to stay
away from the politics. Those people who have through the
pen written constructive criticism of him should not wane
and hope that it is time to be collecting their bonus and
not say anymore no matter his Ikedinakoboko, which was
Iwuoha’s predicament in the hands of Ohakim and his
subsequent articles that assigned Ohakim the title of a
koboko man. It was this that led my friend in the USA to say
that Ohakim’s Public Relation (PR) is finished, and that in
the USA, he is cooked like Okro soup in the eyes of Imo
citizens, for being the most undemocratic ever in that
We also have heard that when some politicians in Imo State
went to answer the call by Bishop Obinna at Assumpta
Cathedral Owerri, the state capital, Ohakim was booed. The
Bishop had invited all the governorship aspirants to come
and recite their manifestoes on how they intend to develope
Imo State. About eighteen aspirants went. Numbers were said
to them to pick from a basket for turns to speak.
Reportedly, Ohakim was either no. 7 or 8; when it was the
turn of Ohakim to speak, he was booed until he got angry and
threatened to leave the hall.
It was also reported in a circulating grassroots voice poll
results that Okorocha will give Ohakim a massive defeat on
the election day because the people do not want Ohakim.
“When we say Ohakim is finished, it means that he should
begin to look for new lawyers, because he has questions to
answer and to make public accounts of every penny he was
given from the federal allocation,” still said the report.
It is no news that many Imo people have said that Ohakim
fakes ‘419’ projects and hosts mischievous websites to
hoodwink his people to believe that his government is
working. Many Imo people have said that they are now ready
for the ‘battle’ to root out evil from (Ohakim-led Imo State
government) Imo and bring the bright days they are working
for in the election. The momentum is growing, but could the
days they are working for be Okorocha or Ararume? Some
people are yet to believe this. The ‘rescue mission’ is also
working, hoping that Imo will soon be free from the ‘419’
Opinion poll carried by a group known as the Concerned
Citizens For Better Imo which took place on the 15th of
February 2011, when two students were sent to central Owerri
to seek opinions randomly on voters’ preference for Imo
State governor, the outcome indicates Owelle Rochas Anayo
Okorocha leading the pack. Out of 4000 people approached in
no particular form, the following responses were obtained:
3651 said that they will vote for Mr. Okorocha, 303 said
that they will vote for Ohakim, 42 said that they will vote
for Ararume, and 4 refused to say anything.
The same opinion was reportedly sought on the 20th February
2011, in Orlu International market, and the opinions were
targeted at 2000 but 3500 people responded thus: 3495 said
that they will vote for Mr. Okorocha, and 5 said that they
will vote for anybody with cash. On the 21 of February 2011,
the opinion seekers were reportedly parked their car in Ubo
Mmiri, along Orlu-Owerri Road, motorists, including drivers
of Keke totaled at 500 spoke, and the following was
obtained: 452 said that they will vote for Mr. Okorocha, 43
said that they will vote Mr. Ohakim, and 5 said that they
will vote for Mr. Ararume. On the 24th, the people started
from Nkwere to Anara, then to Okigwe. They reportedly, also,
went to Mbaitolu and Mbaise. They could not continue to
other areas as they encountered unruly police officers. But
out of the 1965 people they asked, 1435 said that they will
vote for Mr. Okorocha, 350 said that they will vote for Mr.
Ararume, and the rest just called them Ohakim boys.
Notwithstanding, it was a Ayn Rand who said that,
"Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its
goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others"; political juggernaut
Kingsley O. Mbadiwe (K.O.) said, "When the comes come to
become, you will know the physicality of man"; and Collin
Powell said, “Only a fool is at his best”. It is now left
for Imo people to chose from the quotes the one that befits
Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and
Motivator, is the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA)