Many political contractors are doing everything to cash in on the misunderstanding between the incumbent governor of Imo State and his predecessor to either make some quick cash or relaunch their fledgling political relevance in the State.
Some of the individuals on both sides of the divide who have being at the forefront of stoking the fire of discord between these eminent Igbo leaders are individuals with tainted political reputations. Some of them only step out of their political cocoons in periods like this, and in trueness to their reputation, they only reap when there is crisis and would do everything to sustain that crisis, so that they will continue to cash out.
I have maintained from the outset of this crisis that everyone who loves Imo State and wants her progress must work and speak for peaceful resolution of whatever personal or political issues there might be between Senators Okorocha and Uzodimma. And we would be deceiving ourselves if we try to assume or to promote the falsehood that there are no underlying political reasons Governor Uzodimma's devastating onslaught against his brother, Senator Okorocha and the latter's refusal to be cowed by such onslaught.
Undeniably, Governor Uzodimma and Senator Okorocha are among the two most influential leaders in the governing All Progressives Congress, and it will be in the best interest of the State and Ndigbo in general, if both leaders could come together to ensure that the best interests of the State and the Igbo nation are not shortchanged in the politics of the ruling Party and the nation at large.
When both men are on the table and are seen as being on the same page on issues affecting the State and the region, there will be higher chances of extracting better deals for our State and the Southeastern region. But, when there is an apparent disaffection between them, our rivals from other parts of the country would exploit that to improve their own lots while we continue to lament our marginalization.
Imagine where the two men pay a visit to the President or the leadership of the National Assembly with a request that would benefit the generality of Imo and Igbo people. Such request would definitely stand more chances of succeeding than when they go individually to seek to outdo the other in power play. We cannot say it enough that this formidable alliance will go a long way in advancing the Igbo interests, politically, developmentally and in every other way, imaginable.
There is no exaggerating the fact that Imo has lost billions in potential investments as a result of the instability imagined or real by investors. A number of billionaire associates of the former governor who brought their investments to the State by his encouragement have hurriedly left the State, leaving in their trails, lost jobs, missed opportunities and more hunger in the State. The recent statistics which showed Imo State as the headquarters of unemployment in Nigeria, couldn't have been by mere coincidence.
That report by the National Bureau of Statistic clearly underlines the discomforting toll that the rivalry between these two big elephants have had on our economy. Thousands of people who were employed by some private companies owned by the Okorochas and their associates would have been laid off as a result of the government's onslaught against them. Even investors who are either neutral in the present political circumstance or are favourably disposed to the current administration wouldn't be so comfortable to bring their investments to the State, given the prevailing political instability.
One of the direct consequences of high rate of unemployment in any given place is insecurity. Imo's status as the safest State in the Southeast and one of the safest in the entire country is gradually being lost. Cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, suspected assassinations and other crimes that were almost distant memory few years ago are becoming more rampant than ever. Nigeria's history is replete with tales of how fights for political supremacy between top politicians have plunged some States in the Federation into intractable security situations.
This doesn't necessarily mean that these politicians directly sanctioned the criminal enterprise of some of their supporters, but most of these young supporters whose tendency to crime might have been kept in abeyance due to constant political engagements by their principals, may have out of frustration or in protest against the ill-treatment meted out on their benefactors, took to violent crime, thereby, ignorantly destroying their own State. While, there is no credible evidence to suggest that Owelle Rochas Okorocha has supporters with such tendency, we must learn from the experiences of other States to avert a potential descent into anarchy.
Governor Uzodimma's supporters and other sycophants seeking political or pecuniary favour from him might as well convince him that all is well in the State, but the truth is that while the governor may have genuine intentions to fastrack development in the State and enhance the welfare of the citizenry, there are visible gaps between the administration's advertised intentions and the implementation of those intentions. The governor could benefit from sharing ideas with Okorocha, who led the State for an eventful right years.
The governor could even pick some vital lessons from his predecessors mistakes and failures. The disadvantage with keeping a distance from Okorocha as he has been advised by his aides is that he runs a risk of repeating the mistakes of Okorocha and maybe succeeding in few areas at greater costs than he would have, if he worked closely with Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha. After all, the wisdom in the adage by our Igbo forbears that "Onye bu uzo shibe nri, na aka ya enwe mkpomkpo ite", has not been faulted.
It should also be noted that a reconciliation or a political alliance between the influential duo would not be at the expense of probity, which the present administration has laboured so hard to convince Imolites and Nigerians as motivation for its unyielding harassment of the Okorochas.
Instead, it would accord more credibility to the probes. If relevant agencies of the federal government and the courts are given free hands to run their operations and give their verdicts, it would be more acceptable to the generality of good Nigerians than the ongoing and politically tainted persecution of the Okorochas.
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Will you lend a hand to their reconciliation?
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