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Beyond Okorocha Leaving In 2015
In the recent time, both in Major public discourse and the media, what has continued to generate and dominate the airwaves is the wish that Governor Rochas Okorocha must go, will leave, will be flushed out in 2015.
And when one look at this axiom, you can only liken it to the situation where the All Progressive Congress APC keep re-echoing that President Gookluck Ebele Jonathan must also leave, will go, will be flushed out in 2015.
Fortunately, when you look at the two situations passionately, you discover that majority of the people who are clamouring for this change are not genuine but rather are driven by selfish and clannish sentiments.
But be that as it may, what one think should dominate the psyche of the masses as we look ahead of 2015 is the performance level and other important indices that are germane in the survival of our democracy and unity of the people- Nigeria.
Here in Imo State, part of why Chief Ikedi Ohakim did not succeed in his second term bid as the Governor of the state was basically because of the build up hatred by the masses across board.
This got to the point that political party never mattered again as some members of Chief Ohakim’s PDP even voted and worked against him.
Whether that level of hatred against Owelle Rochas Okorocha is building up or has built up today will be another discussion in future. But however, one believes that wise men learn from past events as the Bible rightly advised Christians thus, “from the fig tree learn a lesson”.
But whether the quest for Okorocha to leave by 2015 is selfish or not, one thing which remains unquestionable and incontrovertible is the desire of the masses that the zoning arrangement in the state Governance is maintained and resuscitated.
Perhaps that accounts for the barrage of Governorship aspirants from Owerri Zone ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the state. It also appears that Governor Okorocha is in alignment with this thought as feelers from his aids point to the fact that the Governor is already shopping for a reliable, trusted and capable person within his rank and file to anoint for the Governorship contest.
But even if the Governor changes his mind at the eleventh hour to run for a second term, one question which stands for all the proponents of Okorocha must leave is, what arrangements do you have to realize this wish?
It is important for people to realize that nothing good comes so easy and therefore, for the people of Owerri zone to reclaim this mandate in 2015, all hands must be on deck with a united front. The movement will be a mass movement equally as anything short of that may not work irrespective of party affiliations.
Though to be the Chief executive of a state like Imo is not a tea party for the boys. If you think it is, please go quickly and ask Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Agreed that electoral positions are contested and not given out or dashed, the number of people showing interest to contest for the 2015 Governorship election from the various political parties in Owerri zone is alarming and frightening as well.
That one has some good sum of money in his Bank Account should not be a consideration and yardstick put connection at Aso Rock for a Governorship ambition or material.
Granted that Governor Okorocha will leave in 2015, the big question which Imo people should get prepared to answer is, after that what happens?. Which of the political parties is prepared to takeover the mantle of Governance and what is their level of preparedness and driving force?

Re: Agbala Ezeship Candidate Defects to APGA
Our attention has been drawn to the above captioned news piece in Trumpeta Newspaper edition of Tuesday March 11, 2014, Vol 4 No 272 where the character of our Eze-elect Magnus Amadi was maligned by what was obviously a sponsored publication by some no-do-wells in Agbala autonomous community in Owerri North LGA, Imo State.
In the said write-up, Magnus Amadi, our beloved Eze-elect was said to have defected to APGA, and was “spotted recently in one of the APGA’s functions along side Hon Dan Ikpeazu, George Ikpeazu and Vincent Amadi”. Let me state categorically without any equivocation that as a citizen of Agbala Community, Magnus Amadi has the right to associate with all reasonable sons and daughters of Agbala, but it is pertinent to note here that at no time was Magnus Amadi “spotted” in any political gathering, be it in Agbala or any where with the mentioned persons, as he is no partisan politician and therefore has nothing to do with the mentioned persons at the said function. He does not belong to any political party, hence he cannot defect to any.
However, it has come to our knowledge that this blackmail emanated from the stable of one Issac Abaleke, a sworn enemy of Magnus Amadi, who is bent on destroying Amadi’s hard earned reputation, as Abaleke has nothing left in his character to protect.
Abaleke’s plot was to paint Amadi black within the administration of our respected Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, so as to deny him the Ezeship title of Agbala autonomous community.
Unfortunately, this shameless group has failed as Governor Okorocha has been noted to deliver his judgement on issues based on facts and figures, and not on sentiments, blackmails or gossips.
Let it be known here that Magnus Amadi holds Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his administration in high esteem, and therefore cannot involve himself in acts that can be inimical to the progress and development of Imo State under Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Magnus Amadi is not engaged in Ezeship tussle with any body, as the people of Agbala have since spoken and chosen him as the man with the impeccable character to mount the Ezeship stool of the community.
It is not a matter of do-or-die, as no amount of blackmail or sponsored publications can change the tide of time.

Signed
Ezekiel Nwoke
Egbelu Abala Owerri North LGA