By Chidi Nkwopara
Next Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Imo State is going to be a battle royale between the All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling party and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Already, there are fears that morality and decency may be thrown overboard, as APC would not want to be disgraced again during the electoral outing.
On the other hand, the leadership of the PDP in the state is determined to repeat the electoral feat that culminated in the colossal defeat of APC in the state. The PDP sees winning the governorship outing as its only hope of remaining relevant in the democratic equation and has therefore resolved to wage the battle of its life to win the polls.
As at last weekend, Governor Rochas Okorocha launched what observers called “last minute campaign’’ to shore up his support base by wooing some embittered loyalists of the PDP to his side.
There is no doubt that Okorocha would like to partner with these politicians because of his calculations that they not only played important roles during the last elections but are still relevant politically and could pull the necessary strings to deliver APC.
Reacting to the alleged defection of some PDP loyalists to APC, the Head, Media and Publicity, Emeka Ihedioha Campaign Organization, Chief Enyinnaya Onuegbu, described them as “visiting politicians from Warri, Lagos and Abuja, whose weight would not have any negative impact on the PDP project of dislodging Okorocha from Imo Government House.”
Continuing, Onuegbu said: “Imo people know and believe that Okorocha’s shortcoming as a governor can be measured in terms of the total collapse of virtually all public amenities, poor quality of executed projects, continued failure of Imo students in external examinations, loss and lack of accreditation of courses and faculties in the state’s tertiary institutions.”