Transition: Ihedioha harps on peace, harmony in Imo

Transition: Ihedioha harps on peace, harmony in Imo

The Imo State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has reiterated his commitment to ensuring peace and harmony in the state.

He gave this assurance during a courtesy visit of the Transition Committee to Governor RochasOkorocha at the Executive Chamber, Government House, Owerri, Monday.

Barr. Chris Okewulonu, who led his team on the visit, also enjoined both committee members to interface without any rancour or bitterness.

He 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.

“In the 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.

“And we took that decision against the backdrop of what has happened in the past.  

“We felt 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 Imo State.

“So one 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 minds.”  

Also, in 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.

He also 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 succeed.

The Governor-elect’s team was thereafter taken round on a facility tour within the Government House. All the 31-member team of the Governor-elect and the 21-member team.of the State Government were present.

Easter: Ihedioha preaches peace and sacrifice for common good

Easter: Ihedioha preaches peace and sacrifice for common good

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.

Ebi, Okiro, Asoluka, Onwuliri 135 others make Ihedioha’s Transition Committee members

Ebi, Okiro, Asoluka, Onwuliri 135 others make Ihedioha’s Transition Committee members

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
Security Sub-Committee
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

Ihedioha felicitates with Christian women on mothers’ day

Ihedioha felicitates with Christian women on mothers’ day

…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.

Imo governorship election

Imo governorship election

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 life.

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 his disposal.

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 elective office.

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 respected.

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!

I’ll be Governor of all, Ihedioha pledges

I’ll be Governor of all, Ihedioha pledges

Governor-elect of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has promised that his government would serve all, whether they voted for him or not.

Ihedioha, 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.  

The Governor-elect said under his watch, no section of the state would be excluded.  He addressed a world press conference in Owerri on Thursday.

“My 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.  

“We will 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.

On the style of his administration, Ihedioha said it would strictly be open, transparent and accountable, with due process being its hallmark.

“I 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,” he said.

The Governor-elect promised not to waste any time in translating his campaign promises into tangible goods and services for the people.  

“We 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.

He added that the decay in the last eight years makes it imperative that the redemptive work starts immediately.

“To 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.

“They 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.