The governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, whose fans on social media like to portray as a “detribalised” Nigerian, has been seen in a video playing the ethnic card in soliciting votes for the former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu, in the Okigwe senatorial (s)election rerun that was scheduled for February 20, but has been postponed indefinitely.
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Okorocha was speaking in Igbo about a week before the scheduled date for the (s)election. He said there was no Igbo person representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, therefore no spokesperson for Igbos.
He saw this as necessary to get “our share” and that Igbos should see that there are benefits for them in supporting the APC. He claimed that there were about six key positions in Nigeria – President, Vice President, Senate President and Speaker and their deputies. He said that because there were no Igbo federal legislators under the APC, Igbos had missed out on these positions.
He must have forgotten that Ike Ekweremadu is Deputy Senate President, even though Ekweremadu belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okorocha then claimed that this wasn’t about party, but about looking after Igbo interests. In his view the above posts were as important as being a governor. He claimed that if Uwajumogu was in the senate, and with Okorocha, as governor, he could call up Uwajumogu to ensure projects that would benefit Igbos were brought to their state.
Okorocha presumably forgot to tell his listeners that he and Uwajumogu connived to loot Imo State. We reported last year how: “Uwajumogu’s crimes include securing a cut of the loans that the House of Assembly approved for the governor’s fictitious projects. His crimes have paid so much that he owns several mansions in Owerri, hotels in Owerri, Abuja and Lagos”.
Okorocha seems unaware how his comments indict President Muhammadu Buhari, who already claimed that he would treat those that gave him 97% of the vote different from those that gave him 5%. The Imo State governor suggested Igbos were missing out because they don’t have Igbo federal legislators in the ruling party. It implies that Buhari would not bring benefits to Igboland without the influence of Igbo APC legislators. This means that Buhari is ruling in an unconstitutional manner. The constitution states that the president should not govern in a way that disadvantages any group or area.
Many discerning voters in Okigwe would surely wonder what benefits Okorocha as governor and Uwajumogu as Speaker brought them and indeed, if any Igbo person in high office has ever done anything of benefit to ordinary Igbo people.