The former senator from Okigwe zone, Ifeanyi Araraume has become famous in Imo State, for being a serial Governorship aspirant, having aspired for the governorship seat of Imo State in every election since 2007.
His journey started properly in 2007, but some friends and associates of the Isiebu, in Isiala Mbano born, businessman and politician, argue that it has been a dream he had craved for, even before 2007.
Against all odds, Araraume battled for the govenrorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in 2007, and won it. Araraume was faced with stiff resistance from former president, General Olusegun Obasanjo, who was bent on stopping Araraume from getting the party’ s ticket.
It was believed Araraume slighted Obasanjo, when the retired army general, attempted to elongate his term in office to a third tenure.
Obasanjo was said to have vowed to ensure Araraume would never occupy the seat of power at Douglas House Owerri, and frustrated him in 2007, allowing Dr Ikedi Ohakim, a former associate of Araraume, to win the election and become Imo governor.
Ohakim’ s single term of four years, was met with so much political intrigues and attacks from Araraume, as the former senator used every trick inside and outside the book, to unseat Ohakim.
His plans succeeded in removing Ohakim, but failed in installing him as Ohakim’ s replacement, as Rochas Okorocha would take over as Imo governor.
Araraume’ s name have since then appeared every election year for the governorship position of the state.
In 2015 he tried through the PDP but lost to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha at the primaries.
Embittered by his defeat by somebody he referred to as a ” mere PA” when he was in the Senate, Araraume joined forces with Okorocha to undermine Ihedioha.
In 2019, Araraume would be forced out of the APC, when Senator Hope Uzodinma took the ticket when he joined the party from PDP. Araraume would carry out a ” palace coup” of sorts in the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, displacing his bitter rival Ohakim, along with almost 30 other aspirants, to clinch the party’ s ticket.
However, Araraume would lose to Ihedioha initially, then to Senator Hope Uzodinma, when the Supreme Court overturned the initial results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
As 2023/24 draws near and with his recent appointment as the Chairman of the NNPC board, many expect Araraume to make another run at the governorship seat.
As unlikely as it seems for him to succeed, despite his new position, and his political backings, political pundits are of the opinion, that if Araraume should fail yet again, to get into Douglas House as the govenror, he would never achieve that dream of ruling Imo State.
Another question some quarters ask whenever Araraume’ s name come up as regards the govenrorship position, will Imo people vote for him?