By Gloria Acholonu (Imo State Correspondent, in Owerri)
Veteran Journalist, Chido Nwakanma, has described as good omen for the Imo people, the on-going political row between the Imo state former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha and the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, over some assets allegedly belonging to Okorocha but which the Imo government alleged were acquired with the state funds.
In his social media reaction to the development on Sunday, shortly after Rochas was allegedly arrested and taken to the State Police CID, Nwakanma, said that the "mini war" between the two Imo politicians was reminiscence of the "Igbo wars about culture, politics and the strategic choices for the future of the people". He stated that the event of the 2019 governorship election in the state "brought it to the fore but masquerading as political battles".
Chido said the raging political conflict "is about the values and norms of the people, leadership and direction", adding that "Imo State has a large representation of the political personalities that make the Igbo question their essence and values".
He continued: "Blood flowed in Owerri on Sunday, 21 February 2021. Former governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha led a team of thugs to forcefully reclaim an estate the Imo State Government seized in the past week. The State Government alleges that the Spring Palm Estate should be Imo State's property as Okorocha built it with state funds.
"The Hope Uzodinma government had earlier taken over the Eastern Palm University. Imo State secured a license for the institution from the National Universities Commission. Okorocha later assigned 90% of the university's shareholding to the Rochas Okorocha Foundation and Rochas Okorocha. He signed for Imo State claiming Public-Private Partnership.The audacity!
The seasoned Journalist however said he had written at several media platforms like THISDAY and Businessday newspapers about the nature of this "mini-war" in Imo State which he said brings to the fore the issues in The Igbo Wars. "I have written about The Igbo Wars in Businessday and Thisday newspapers over the last two years. The Igbo Wars are about culture, politics and the strategic choices for the future of the people. Election 2019 brought it to the fore but masquerading as political battles.
"It is about the values and norms of the people, leadership and direction. Imo State has a large representation of the political personalities that make the Igbo question their essence and values. It is poetic that Governor Hope Uzodinma, not valorised for uprightness even with his entry strategy to Douglas House, is fighting to restore the stolen goods of the people.
"The Imo State Government claims it acted on the recommendation of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Ndi Imo must encourage Uzodinma on this journey. However, the good people of Imo State must insist that the terms of engagement be within the law", Chido Nwakanma counseled. NNL.