The Oasis Reporters
August 17, 2017
A finger has finally been put at the cause of rift and frosty relationship b Rochas Okorocha and his estranged deputy, Prince Eze Madumere.
Constitutionally, governor Okorocha’s tenure comes to an end on May 29, 2019 and he would no longer be eligible to run for the office again.
Naturally, his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere wants to step into the shoes of his boss. And his people want him to run. But no, Okorocha says he still needs the shoes, but they must be worn by either his son in-law or a family member.
Imo people are saying no. They are not about handing a dynasty to anyone. Let the position shift to Owerri zone, naturally from Orlu zone, Okorocha’s home area that had almost all the benefits for 7 years, still counting.
Therefore an eminent Owerri Zone citizen, Engr. Okey Njoku, joined other sons and daughters of Imo State, to fly the kite of Owerri zone taking its turn to produce the next Governor of Imo State, come 2019. Engr. Njoku made the assertion on Wednesday while addressing newsmen shortly at the Iri Ji festival at the palace of HRH, Eze Ilomuanya at Obinugwu, Orlu Local Government Area of the state.
Njoku is from Ikeduru in Owerri zone and he wants the next governor of the State to come from the zone with the support of other sister zones of Orlu and Okigwe, since it is only in tandem with natural justice.
After all, Owerri zone has quality candidates to run the affairs of the State.Then his choice of candidate is none other than the present Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
To him, Prince Madumere is meticulous and passionate on issues that border on welfare of the people.
Speaking further, he said: “beyond the present political saga in the State, which seems to be seeking to drown Madumere for obvious reason of resistance to what he feels is not good for the State, he is experienced, competent, sincere, resilient and a good administrator. Those who know his history would know that he is considerate and gets the job done”.
Getting the job done is not a key point to consider or to convince Governor Rochas Okorocha about, the man who loves to mould statues as a way of beautifying his capital city.
What Okorocha seems to want is a successor who should be from within his inner family circle to cover his back when he is out of power and out in the political cold.
Naturally he fights and seeks to smear his deputy. How far the Imo people stand to tolerate that or fight it, remains to be seen ahead of elections in the first quarter of 2019.