April 23, 2021

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Return of Emeka Ihedioha and what to expect

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By Maazi Obinna Akuwudike

Whether the Supreme Court corrects it’s error, or remains adamant in their resolve to continue undermining it’s integrity, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, whether in 2021 or 2023 will return as Govenror of Imo State.

It’s a destiny that can only be delayed but not denied.

The common man in every city in Imo State, from Orlu to Okigwe to Owerri are apprehensive, as they await the outcome of the the Philip Umeadi suit.

Ask them at random what outcome they want, and Ihedioha would be the answer.

Within seven months, Imo people saw what real governence was, one that was going to out do the works of Chief Sam Mbakwe of blessed memory.

Yes, Ihedioha was on course to surpass Mbakwe.

Aside from mass of the state which Mbakwe had to deal with the present day Abia and Ebonyi States, Ihedioha inherited the same infrastructural decay Mbakwe probably inherited, or maybe more. The eight years of Rochas Okorocha was a disaster best forgotten.

Ihedioha and today, Hope Uzodinma, are faced with the task of rebuilding Imo State from the scratch. Okorocha spared no corner of the state in his destruction. Even my street was not spared, and I wonder whether he did that on purpose, because I was one of his biggest critics.

Ihedioha came and set a pace, which Uzodinma is today following as best as he can manage to understand it. But nothing is better than when it’s done by the originator, and when Ihedioha returns, be it in 2021 or 2023, Imo people look forward to more quality roads and infrastructure unlike the one at Owerri Girls which we know what happened there.

A child was asked to define pipe borne water, and she was confused because aside from the borehole she is used to, she doesn’t know it is part of Govenrment’s job to provide water to the people. A generation at risk of never seeing water running from the now decorative pumps in their homes.

We have Okorocha to thank for that.

Mbakwe set up the water board. It died under Okorocha. Ihedioha started waking it up. Uzodinma abandoned it. Ihedioha will still reawaken it again and water will run in our homes once again.

Mbakwe had problems with civil servants, teachers and pensioners, and if memory serves correctly, he did owe them.

This is the area, Ihedioha was and still is going to beat Mbakwe’s record from, and emerge the best Govenror Imo would have ever had and will still have.

Alerts arrived the accounts of civil servants on time for the first time since 2011, after the departure of Dr. Ikedi Ohakim. Today, Uzodinma pays sometimes a week or two into the next month, for those he pays, while many workers are still owed since February, yet he claims he has paid everybody.

Those were the same lies Okorocha used to tell. Is Uzodinma following the footsteps of Okorocha?

A house built of lies…

Our aged pensioners pray for the return of Emeka Ihedioha. For the first time since over eight years, they started receiving their pensions, without stress, straight into their bank accounts as it should be. Ihedioha did it. Uzodinma scattered it.

Today, like Okorocha used to falsely claim, Uzodinma is claiming to have paid pensioners. I have six pensioners on my street and none have seen a kobo since after the last payment from Ihedioha. Who then is Uzodinma paying to? Is he the one paying to ghost pensioners, since the real Pensioners aren’t seeing the payment?

A return of Emeka Ihedioha will see pensioners once again sitting at the comforts of their homes, enjoying their retirement and old age, as their alerts come timely into their bank accounts.

We also look forward to payment of gratuities under Ihedioha, as Ohakim was the last to pay gratuities in Imo State.

Uzodinma may be trying hard to impress the people, by continuing the road works Ihedioha set out, but Imo people are not very forgiving when their mandate was taken away the way it was. It was like daylight robbery, and it would take a lot to forget.

Unfortunately, owing pensioners and Civil servants, and lying about it, isn’t doing Uzodinma much good.

Trying to use a respected Archbishop to Broadcast the falsehood, didn’t go down well for him and even the Archbishop, as pensioners trooped to see him so he can tell them when they were paid.

The Archbishop should listen more to his church radio for the truth, if you ask me.

I wasn’t Ihedioha’s fan when he was Govenror. I’m even more, not Uzodinma’s fan, especially because of the way he emerged.

It affords me the chance to speak my mind without being biased.

However, whether I support Ihedioha or not, I simply echo the minds and hearts of the people of Imo State over the Umeadi matter, and what to expect, if true justice is upheld.

Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

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