by Obidike Nwagwu Esq
The most recent defection from the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, is the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Ogu Bundu Nwadike.
Before him, the former New Media Director of the Party, Mr. Ambrose Nwaogwugwu dumped the party and embraced the Senator Hope Uzodinma government.
Before Ambrose Nwaogwugwu in the media department, there were Lancelot Obiaku and Nze Duru Kizito.
Before them, there was a host of others, from the former Chairman of the party Nzekwe, down to Dr. Pope.
These men worked tirelessly and without benefits for the party throughout the Rochas Okorocha era without compromising, but the moment the PDP took over power through Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, they were cast aside, while the sons and daughters of elites, who were not on ground during the electioneering period, were recognised and carried along.
Ambrose Nwaogwugwu for instance gave himself a title under Ihedioha called “Nwanne Governor”, meaning brother to the govenror. He even created the “Office of Nwanne Governor”.
But throughout the eight months Ihedioha held sway, he was not recognised until Ihedioha was booted out by the Supreme Court, and then they realised that they needed somebody as dangerous in writing as Nwaogwugwu.
He manned the New Media division of the party, and gave the Imo State government so much trouble, that he was even arrested and charged to court for defamatory articles he allegedly wrote against Senator Hope Uzodinma.
But for all the risks he took for the party, nobody in the party bothered to alleviate the life of this young man. He patrolled the nook and cranny of the state on foot, despite having a target on his back for fighting for PDP, against a sitting government.
Working for the PDP was terrible for this young man, who could hardly pay his rent, yet there were billionaire PDP leaders everywhere watching what he was doing, yet not making any effort to better the life of this young man who was making the party relevant.
The interesting part that would surprise you, is that if the PDP came back to power any time soon, while Nwaogwugwu was still the New Media Director, he wouldn’t still be recognised and all his labour would be in vain, while the son of an elite sitting in his comfort zone in Abuja would be called for appointment.
Those who know Ambrose Nwaogwugwu while in PDP, even when they were in power, would attest that his life is transformed.
Ogu Bundu Nwadike’s case is even more worrisome than that of Nwaogwugwu. A State Publicity Secretary of a major party without an official vehicle, while cars worth hundreds of millions are idle in the homes of these big PDP politicans.
Why then won’t he dump the PDP for people who pay more attention to those who work for them?
The elitist mentality that rules PDP, where the son of the poor man is sidelined and the son of the elite who never participated in forming the government is recognised. This is the major problem facing the Imo PDP, and the reason more people would be pulling out.
Even when Ihedioha was inaugurated as govenror, his party was organised strictly for the elites and bodyguards made sure no poor man came in. Gone was the familiarising with the lowly during electioneering period. The elites emerged from the wallpaper.
Sometimes, one begins to wonder if the politicans experience orgasm, when they see their best hands looking haggard and hungry.
The Imo PDP have always failed to guard their treasures jealousy, and like their leader Ihedioha was unable to hold on to his governorship seat, so also will the party keep bleeding of capable hands until it may end up not having relevance in the state again.
Imo PDP’s habit of mocking those who leave them, and suddenly calling them evil and incompetent, is a clear sign that the party isn’t ready to correct it’s mistakes and thus not yet matured enough