By Ikenna ONUOHA (08038129192)
In the history of American politics, togetherness, unity, cooperation and oneness are the opium of standard. No wonder every incumbent President or Governor in America work with their political rivals perhaps, to tap or harness the potentials inherent in them.
Regrettably, in Nigeria, Imo state to be precise, the reverse is the case. The standard of operation is the “winner takes all”. Bringing this review down to Imo PDP, a man has selfishly decided to remain the only cock that crows for over a decade in negation to party rules. No wonder the party has remained in ruins!
Presumably, the political stigma of greed, selfishness and brigandage resonating in PDP as a result of the political insatiability quest of Hon Emeka Ihedioha to remain permanently in charge of the party can be viewed as a rubicon hard to be crossed.
As a political party, all stakeholders and the least member should be seen as potential co-owner and share holder, but contrary to this obvious notion, Emeka Ihedioha has continued to “rewrite” the constitution of the party in his own way. His actions and inactions have done bad to the party rather than good.
Few weeks ago, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state conducted all her congresses where those that emerged were said to have known themselves a month before the exercise. Some individuals and stakeholders of the party were not only disdainfully sidelined, but cajoled and pushed out. Now, where lies the future of PDP in Imo State if those capable of fighting her battles are not carried along in the activities of the party?
While a good number of reputable party stakeholders in PDP were not carried along in the whole exercise, it was observed that the congress was organized for Ihedioha, by Ihedioha and for Ihedioha!
In view of the above, it therefore triggers a curious mind to ask a question; was Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Samdady) carried along, considering the fact that he was a Governorship contender in the 2019 election and one of the party bigwigs?.
Currently, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sent Senator Samuel Anyanwu on a national assignment to Edo and Ondo states during which, Ihedioha and his cartels organized what analysts described as “charade” and conducted their “thing”.
An Igbo proverb says, “if a snake does not act like one, little children will use it to tie firewood”. Senator Samuel Anyanwu here, is likened to that “snake” while Ihedioha is acting as the little “child”.
Painfully, we live in a world where people see one’s gentleness and calmness as a vacuum to bully him. A society where leniency is taken as weakness while violence as strength, destruction is inevitable. It is very pathetic!
Martin Luther King (Jnr) said, “unless one shows people that being quiet is not weakness, dumbness or dormancy, people will not stop taking advantage of you”.
From history, Emeka Ihedioha has always dragged and liked party structure more than his wife and children, the concept that necessitate this is what no one can conceptualize.
In the world of sports, the winning team does not conquer by the beauty of their jersey nor win laurels by the level of intimidation, brigandage and primitive smartness. The only winning secret is style and synergy.
No wonder sports lovers would sing, “oburu jersey n’ agba; system n’ agba!” It is not jersey that plays football, rather, it is system that plays and wins. An Igbo proverb has it that “those who kill by the sword will die by the sword”
Retrospectively, in 2015, Emeka Ihedioha hijacked and took possession of PDP as a personal business and ensured that other interested party members and non members willing to join the party in view of that year’s Governorship election were shut out.
He was so confident that he would win, considering the fact that he had bought over all party delegates for the Governorship primary election in the party. But against all odds, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume fearlessly and doggedly defeated him without hiss when he was not even a member of the party then. This heavy defeat came despite the fact that Ihedioha hired his colleague at the Green Chambers to preside over the conduct of the primary election.
As Senator Araraume did not believe in the possession of party structure or the number of delegates one succeeded to induce financially, so as Senator Samuel Anyanwu believes that victory is given by style “system” and not by manipulation. History is capable of repeating itself in Imo PDP soonest!
Nonetheless, the life spam of a political party can elapse too soon if the original vision of such party is not maintained and kept holy by those privy to it. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is today, dangling in Imo State and begging for annihilation in exclusion of other states owing to the fact that Ihedioha and his cabals were said to have turned it into a personal business venture.
In life, there is always a philosophy that says, “I don’t mind being thought as a fool, but I do mind being treated as a fool”.
Among every creature in life, the snake is the wisest animal, hence the old saying “as wise as a serpent”. Here, to be wise in this sense is to have an understanding of people and situation and to know what is best to do. This is what Senator Anyanwu represents.
Snakes only bite people out of self-defense when they feel their life is threatened. In 2015, Senator Araraume “attacked” and bite off Ihedioha’s joy when he felt threatened, in 2019, Senator Samuel Anyanwu fought assiduously against the cartels when he felt threatened, today, the same threat has repeated itself and no one is talking to condemn it not even the so called PDP stakeholders.
In like manner, it will be preposterous, idiotic and childish for anyone including the stakeholders to feel pained, injured or disappointed if the wounded lion sole decides to strike or bite again to protect his ground.
Of a truth, the default approach in life should be gentleness, meekness, and unity, but when one tries to exploit or mistreat another, there is always a style that the wounded or injured person must stand up for defence.
The secret of humility does not entail letting people walk over you or push you around, after all, Senator Samuel Anyanwu is not the American George Floyd who could not breath after he allowed himself to be pushed around and hacked to death by a Police officer commissioned to protect him.
It is a grand norm that no one rides under one’s back unless it is bent. In this case, Senator Anyanwu’s back is stiff to be bended even when his political traducers are struggling to bend it. Therefore, there is no fear in humility, because it is not weakness but strength under control.
From information available, all peace meetings organized in Abuja and Owerri, the capital of Imo state, attended by Senator Anyanwu, Hon Jones Onyeriri, Hon Jerry Alagbaoso, Eze Duruiheoma, party leaders from the 27 LGAs and other relevant stakeholders to bring warring factions in PDP together as part of efforts to strengthen the party were not only flagrantly ignored, jettisoned and boycotted by Ihedioha, but outrightly rebuffed.
The questions begging for answer are; how can Ihedioha win future elections in Orlu zone after falling apart with Hons Onyeriri, Alagbaoso, and Eze Duruihuoma, SAN, among other prominent stakeholders of the party in Orlu?
In Okigwe zone, the situation is pitiable; will Ihedioha still be free to step into Okigwe zone to canvass for votes? While a former SSG and COS, Chief Chris Okewulonu is still licking his ‘wound’ allegedly inflicted on him by Ihedioha during the congress, more game plans are on the ground to make the hunter to be hunted.
In Owerri zone, some PDP stalwarts like, Barr. Victor Muruako, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (Aha Eji Aga Mba) and others were said have retired to strategize for a ‘tsunamic’ come back to fight the injury meted out on them at the right time. Now we ask; does Ihedioha need peace in PDP? How can he control and win future elections under PDP having parted ways with these political bulldozers across the three zones? It seems he wants to control party structure while PDP goes into extinction.
From grapevine, Ihedioha has bitten more than he can chew in PDP, but one thing is sacrosanct that members of the party know what they want, believe in what they want, understand how they want it, and go for it when they want it. At the appropriate time, Ihedioha will be likened to that American George Floyd who could not breath.
By so doing, we shall be expecting Imo of our collective dreams.
Ikenna ONUOHA , a Journalist and Public Relations Consultant Writes from Owerri, the capital of Imo State