State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has reiterated his
commitment to ensuring peace and harmony in the state.
this assurance during a courtesy visit of the Transition Committee to Governor
RochasOkorocha at the Executive Chamber, Government House, Owerri, Monday.
Chris Okewulonu, who led his team on the visit, also enjoined both committee
members to interface without any rancour or bitterness.
maintained that the overall essence of the committee was to among other things,
ensure smooth and successful handover of power in the state come May 29, adding
that the entire Imo people expect nothing but positive results from them.
course of our meeting, certain issues were looked at which are germane to us.
These issues proved the fact that this opportunity should be used to bring
about harmony and peace in Imo State.
took that decision against the backdrop of what has happened in the
that this opportunity given to us, we should be able to change the narrative,
we should be able to use it to make Imo to be greater than it is today. We want
to use this opportunity to make sure that there is peace, there is harmony in
overriding consideration that dominated our mind, the committee members, in the
course of our deliberations is that the peace and development of Imo State is
the most important thing for all of us. Moving forward, the overall and
overriding interest of Imo people will continue to play in our
his speech, Governor Okorocha appreciated the calibre of personalities that
made up the Governor-elect’s Transition Committee, stressing that he has no
doubt that they would deliver for the overall interest and good of the state.
promised to provide a friendly and healthy atmosphere for the committee to operate
and function while stating that his desire was to see the incoming governor
Governor-elect’s team was thereafter taken round on a facility tour within the
All the 31-member team of the Governor-elect and
the 21-member team.of the State Government were present.
As Christians all over the world celebrate Easter, Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. EmekaIhedioha, CON, has urged the good people of the state to rededicate themselves to God by building bridges of understanding and tolerance.
In a message to mark the Easter celebrations, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha said that just as the sufferings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give hope to humanity, Imolites should look up to the future, despite the daunting challenges of the present, with optimism.
“I am very optimistic that the present challenges, no matter the enormity, will by the grace of God, give way to a prosperous state when we rededicate ourselves to the service our dear state.”
He calls on the people of the state and indeed all Nigerians to reflect on the Reason for the Season.
“Easter is all about sacrifice, selflessness and altruism. As believers, we share the bond of divinity as children of God when we commit ourselves to the task of bettering the lot of fellow human beings. As Imolites, perhaps, the biggest sacrifice we are called upon to make today, is to join hands in rebuilding our state.”
“I, therefore, call on all the good people of Imo State to join us in this rebuilding project, as I extend my hands of fellowship to all who believe that the Imo of collective dream is possible.
While wishing Imolites and Nigerians happy Easter celebrations, the Governor-elect re-affirms his commitment to rebuilding Imo State through visionary, selfless leadership built on the ethos of sacrifice that will engender hope and foster peace and unity.
Emeka Ihedioha, Governor- elect of Imo State, has constituted a 139-man Transition Technical Committee as he prepares to resume work on May 29.
There is a three-member Transition Committee made up of Dr. Ernest Ebi (Chairman), Dr. Kema Chikwe (Vice Chairman) and Chinedu Okpaleke (Secretary) as well as 12 Sectoral Sub-committees
A statement onn Monday by Ihedioha’s media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu said the committee members would be inaugurated on April 3 at the Rockview Hotel, Owerri by 12 noon.
The Sectoral Sub-Committee Membership include:
Projects Review Sub-Committee
1. Dr. Chris Asoluka – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Dr. Sam Amadi
3. Mr. Tony Abili
4. Dr. Ikechi Iwuagwu
5. Engr. Ben Ekwueme
6. Barr. Alozie Nwokoro
7. Mr. Dan Onwu
8. Bar P.G.U Madu – Secretary
Finance Review and Funding Initiative Sub-Committee
1. Dr. Abraham Nwankwo – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Dr. Emeka Osuji
3. Johnson Chukwu
4. Okey Nwosu
5. Prof. Uche Uwaleke
6. Dr. Okey Nwuke
7. Ano Anyanwu
8. Dr. Casmir Anyanwu
9. Mr. Paully Ajoko
10. Ken Orji – Secretary
Integrated Infrastructure Sub-Committee
1. Capt. Emma Iheanacho – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Prof. Ike Azogu – Deputy Chair
3. Mazi Nnamdi Udoh
4. Engr. Johnny Chukwu
5. Engr. Chibuike Achigbu
6. Dr. Albert Okorogu
7. Mr. Philip Chukwu
8. Chidi Keneth Nwachukwu
9. Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu
10. Engr. Christian Akamnonu
11. Engr. Uzoma Achinanya
12. Dr. Iheanyi Ohiaeri
13. Mr. Chika Okafor
14. Mr. Tony Anyaegbu
15. Engr. Emeka Ekwebelem
16. Engr. John Otti
17. Engr. Celestine Omeni
18. Mr. George Nwangwu – Secretary
Human Capital Development Sub-Committee
1. Prof Jude Njoku – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Prof. Viola Onwuliri – Deputy Chair
3. Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie
4. Prof. Obioma Iheduru
5. Dr. Ikenna Nwachukwu
6. Dr. Mrs. Uche Moneke
7. Prof. I. C. Okonkwo
8. Prof B.E.B Nwoke
9. Prof Fr. Ethel Amaku
10. Prof. P.U. Okorie
11. Dr. Livinus Obilor
12. Engr. Charles Okoro
13. Prof. Florence Nduka
14. Nneka Davis – Ihekweme
15. Dr. Emeka Onyema
16. Dr. Mrs. Cate Osuji
17. Prof. I.N.S Dozie
18. Sir Evans Uzorkwe
19. Prof. Fr. Ogbonna – Secretary
Good Governance Sub-Committee
1. Justice Paul Onumajuru (Rtd) – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Innocent Chukwuma
3. Joe Abah
4. Reginald Ihebuzor
5. Mrs. Agatha Ndugbu
6. Prof. Chidi Odinkalu
7. Mr. Paschal Egwim
8. Mr. Emeka Diwe
9. Dr. Eddie Mbadiwe
10. Dr. Mrs. Joy Njemanze
11. Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu
12. Hon. Stanford Onyirimba
13. Sir Emma Ohakim
14. Barr. Nnaemeka Maduagwu – Secretary
Agriculture, Commerce and Industries Sub-Committee
1. Engr. Charles Ugwu – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Clem Owunna
3. Sen. Bright Nwanne
4. Dr. Chuma Ezedinma
5. Frank Nneji
6. Mr. Ben Obinali
7. Dr. Frank Jacobs
8. Mazi Chidi Okoro
9. Capt. Henry Omeogu
10. Obinna Onuoha
11. Prof. Goddy Onuoha
12. Dr. Nnaemeka Obiaraeri
13. Dr. Chijioke Osuji – Secretary
Job & Wealth Creation Sub-Committee
1. Prof. Ndi Okereke Onyiuke – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Dr. Clair Omatseye – Deputy Chair
3. Mr. Chineme Iheaku
4. Prof. Ebere Onwudiwe
5. Comrade Joe Ajearo
6. Mr. John Ekezie Okeahialam
7. Princess Gloria Akobundu
8. Prof Bongo Adi
9. Mr. Uche Odozor
10. Mrs. Chidi Ngoka
11. Dr. Mrs Bibiana Okoroafor
12. Amb. Adaobi Obioha
13. Mr. C.N.C Nwachukwu – Secretary
Tourism and Hospitality Sub-Committee
1. Mr. Charles Anudu – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Prof. A B C Duruaku – Deputy Chair
3. Ken Ikpe
4. Austin Chilakpu
5. Barr. Demo Oduoma
Talents and Opportunities Sub-Committee
1. Mr. Dan Ngerem – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Mr. Stanley Amuchie – Deputy Chair
3. Kanu Nwankwo
4. Okey Onyegbule
5. Rep of Vulnerable Group
6. Mr.Linus Okorie
7. Mr. Excel Ochiama
8. Fan Ndubuoke – Secretary
1. Sir. Mike Okiro – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Dr. Martin Ejidike
3. AIG. Charles Ugomuo (rtd)
4. Sir. Joe Nwachukwu
5. Amb. Paul Njoku
6. Chief Ben Opara
7. Gen. Chijioke Egwuagu – Secretary
Diaspora Initiatives Sub-Committee
1. Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike – Sub- Committee Chair
2. Martin Ezemma
3. Dr. Agatha Anosike
4. Chief Alozie Aguwa
5. Bonny-Life Ndu
6. Ugoeze Edith Ohanwe
7. Chinedu Chukwuonye
8. Dr. Rita Amakiri
9. Chief Charles Eke
10. Mr Bosco Nwokeji
11. Anselm Okorie – Secretary
Owerri Town Planning Sub-Committee
1. Chuka Odom – Sub-Committee Chair
2. Hon. Levi Oguike – Deputy Chair
3. Mr. Chinenye Nwabueze
4. Sir Gabriel Odua
5. Paul Onwuanibe
6. Arc. Noel Obioma
7. Arc. Festus Adibe Njoku
8. Sir Chucks Okoronkwo
9. Mr. Humphrey Anumudu
10. Steve Onu – Secretary
…tasks them on rebuilding Imo
Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, has expressed
his hearty congratulations to Christian women in the State on the occasion of
their celebration of 2019 Mothering Sunday.
While felicitating with them, he stated that the role of women,
particularly Christian mothers, in regenerating and stabilizing the society
cannot be over-emphasized.
He reminded with emphasis, that the institution of the family is the
basis for the existence of the society, stressing that the institution of women
is the basis for the existence of family.
He reassures of his readiness to fulfill his promises of providing
functional qualitative maternal and infant healthcare through re-establishing
primary health centres across the State.
Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, therefore, charges women in the
State to continue to support and pray for the incoming administration, for the
overall benefit of the people of Imo State.
He also reassures of their due representation in his administration,
urging them to prepare to contribute their quota towards achieving the all
important task of rebuilding the state.
Finally, he prays for a very peaceful and rewarding
celebration by the mothers and their families, while wishing them good health,
long life and prosperity to celebrate many more Mothering Sundays.
By way of paired comparison, Imo and Ogun
states shared a lot of similarities in the just concluded governorship
elections. But they also have their dissimilarities. They stand out as the two
states incumbent governors fell out with the national leadership of their party
in the choice of the governorship candidates.
During the primaries of the All Progressives
Congress APC, both governors, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun had their
preferred candidates for the governorship position. The national leadership of
the party preferred otherwise and went ahead to offer its ticket to candidates
of the party’s choice to the dissatisfaction of the governors. But they still
left both governors with the senatorial tickets of the party.
Not satisfied with the development, the
governors opted to still push their preferred candidates through the platforms
of some other relatively unknown political parties basking on the political
structures they had established in their respective states. So it was that
while Okorocha opted for Action Alliance, AA with his son-in-law Uche Nwosu as
the candidate, Amosun went for the Allied Peoples Movement where his preferred
candidate Adekunle Akinlade flew the flag of the party.
The governors pursued their senatorial
ambitions through the platform of the APC while at the same time working
against the candidates of their party at the governorship level. But whereas
Amosun emerged successful in the senatorial election, Okorocha’s election was
enmeshed in serious controversy. The returning officer had while declaring the
result in favour of Okorocha, said he was doing so under duress and to save his
Apparently acting along this line, INEC said
it would not offer Certificates of Return to any candidate where results were
announced under duress. It made good this decision by excluding Okorocha from
the list of successful senatorial candidates to receive that certificate. But
Amosun’s was devoid of controversy. It is not certain the final position INEC
will take in relation to Okorocha’s case. But one thing that appears certain is
that there are still thorns strewn on his way to the National Assembly.
The governorship elections have come and
gone. While Amosun’s candidate lost to the candidate of the APC, both the APC
candidate and that of Okorocha lost to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Imo
State. For keen watchers of political events in the state, the turn of events
should not be surprising.
Okorocha came into the saddle after he
defeated the incumbent regime of Ikedi Ohakim who had fallen out of favour with
people of the state. He had a very popular mandate such that expectations were
high that he would take the state to higher heights. This feeling was fuelled
by some of the philanthropic ventures he was involved in before he became the
governor. The expectation was that if he could touch many lives in his private
capacity, he would definitely do more when he has the resources of the state at
But this expectation was to turn out a pipe
dream. He soon began to incrementally squander the goodwill that brought him to
power through very unpopular policies and scant regard to due process. He was even quoted to have queried the
efficacy of due process in the business of governance. He displayed an uncommon
disdain for elite involvement in governance accusing leaders who came around
him of a hidden desire to share government money.
Okorocha became so loud, boasting that he was
going to retire all known political leaders in the state except himself and
made good this promise by relegating the elite and people of substance to the
back seat, always preferring to surround himself with yes-men for whom the lure
of the stomach was the prime motivation. He began to create a new class of
leadership with questionable credentials, always preferring those who will do
his bidding without questioning.
With such a mindset, Imo State was brought
down to its knees. His new class of leaders basking on the euphoria of their
newly unmerited status displayed an uncanny disdain for those who cared to
question the slide to the precipice into which the state was inevitably headed.
Every sector of governance: the education system, the civil service, social
infrastructure and the health care delivery system were so assaulted and
desecrated that it will take years to bring them back to form. Even in the area
of some of the projects he attributes to his credit, poor quality work and an
abysmally poor standard of performance combine to erase whatever credit he
might wish to ascribe to his regime.
His regime became a catalogue of woes as
workers were owed salaries; pensions and gratuities running to several months
stood in arrears. But he found comfort in praise singing and cronyism. His
became a regime of what has now been aptly described as government of Okorocha
for himself and members of his immediate family. He was so blinded by the
trappings and arrogance of power that his became a verity of Lord Acton’s maxim
that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Apparently because of the enormous resources
at his disposal and his connection with the federal government, he thought he
could bulldoze his way to become a maximum ruler in the state whose words must
be obeyed at all costs. It was very common to hear him rehearsing how he single-handedly
built the APC in the southeast, the insults he received in the process and how
that should qualify him for special attention.
All this was designed to run down his people
by creating the false impression that he is the only one that can be trusted
and entrusted with higher offices by the powers that be. So it was that he
could not find any other person suitable to hand over power except his
son-in-law despite extant understanding that power should rotate among the
three senatorial zones of the state. Curiously, Okorocha who has been
positioning to run for the presidency on the grounds that power will shift to
the southeast in 2023 scorned the same principles in his state. Despite
protestations and tension created by the idea of having three governors from
the same zone for 24 years, he was bent on bulldozing his way at all cost.
But respite came the way of the state when
his party denied his anointed candidate the governorship ticket. He failed to
see the handwriting on the wall. Not even the strident campaigns mounted
against him by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole was enough
for him to do a rethink. Oshiomhole had during the flag-off of the campaign
rally of the APC in Imo lambasted Okorocha accusing him of sundry misdeeds including
running the government of the state as a family business. In saner climes, that
was all that was needed to vote out Okorocha or any of his surrogates from any
He trudged on accusing Oshiomhole of being an
ingrate for turning round to work against him after he had helped him to secure
the office of the national chairman of the party. Before Oshiomhole, he also
had issues with John Oyegun, the immediate past national chairman of the party.
And when Oyegun left he boasted that all the wrongs he allegedly wrought
against him especially in the conduct of the primaries of the party will be
redressed by Oshiomhole.
It was a matter of time. Soon, he again fell
out with his supposed rescuer. Curiously Okorocha was blinded by the lust for
power to decipher the handwriting on the wall. He talked to himself, listened
to himself and could not come to terms with the reality that he was in a deep
mess. Imo people resented him, resented all that he represents even as he went
around with the noxious obsession that he was the best thing that had happened
to the state.
But the people of the state spoke very
unequivocally in their choice of the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha as their
preferred governor despite Okorocha’s sundry strategies and devious subterfuge
to procure victory by all means. The verdict of the Imo people is clear. It is
a verdict against running government as a family business; a verdict against
poor leadership and a verdict for credible alternative and power rotation. It
is a verdict of the will power of the electorate and that verdict must be
It is a bold statement that Okorocha, who
defeated an incumbent in 2011with practically nothing, could not install his
preferred candidate in 2019 with everything at his disposal. Such is the
verdict of history and he should give peace a chance!
of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has promised that his government would serve all,
whether they voted for him or not.
a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, won the Imo State
governorship contest under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
with 273,404 votes. His closest rival, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA),
polled 190,364 votes.
Governor-elect said under his watch, no section of the state would be excluded.
He addressed a world press conference in Owerri on Thursday.
fellow citizens, I will be governor to all Ndi-lmo both those who voted
for us and those who did not. No part is greater or more important than the
other. We are equal stakeholders in the Imo project and must, therefore, ensure
that our people are united in the pursuant of the common good.
run an all-inclusive government and not a government of exclusion. Ours will be
a government that will promote the unity of the state, rather than accentuate
the fissures that have characterised our relationship with each other in recent
times,” he said.
style of his administration, Ihedioha said it would strictly be open,
transparent and accountable, with due process being its hallmark.
believe strongly that those in positions of authority must render an account of
their stewardship to the people. The era of brazenness in Imo State is gone,”
Governor-elect promised not to waste any time in translating his campaign
promises into tangible goods and services for the people.
entered into a social contract with you with our manifesto and we shall remain
faithful to our obligations in that contract. This contract seeks to
substantially improve the welfare, security, property rights, economic and
social advancement of our people. We shall find creative ways of funding our
ambitious infrastructural projects and give Imo the quality education,
healthcare and general good governance that you desire,” he said.
that the decay in the last eight years makes it imperative that the redemptive
work starts immediately.
kick-start the rebuilding process, I shall set up in the coming days, a
Transition Team with clear terms of reference. This team will liaise with the
outgoing government to collate and collect information on the state of affairs
of our State. They will recommend the structure of our government.
will translate our campaign promises into actionable executive and legislative
policies with clear timelines. In summary, they will be charged with making
far-reaching recommendations on the way forward for our dear state that has
suffered from years of brigandage, lack of direction, Ad-Hoc approach to
governance and lack of due process,” he said.