Nigeria : Imo State Indigenes in New York City Celebrates Hon. Emeka Ihedioha’s Victory.

By Emma Ike Agu

The much- talked about general election in Nigeria has come and gone with losers still counting their losses, while the winners are being celebrated worldwide. Depending on which aisle you belong, many politicians made history during the just- concluded controversial general election. The exercise was seen by the winners as ‘successful’ and by the losers as ‘rigged’.

Emeka Ihedioha, gov. elect of Imo STate

It was a gut-wrenching general election filled with surprises and shocks. The mighty ones who fell by the wayside and relatively unknown newcomers who easily got elected. Also, Nigerians will never forget in a hurry, the predictions by different prominent pastors led by the richest Bishop in the world, David Oyedepo. The man predicted that President Buhari will not secure a second term, but well, Buhari won! Not only are these men of God making a mockery of themselves with false prophecies and predictions that are way off the marks, they are mixing religion with politics. This does not add up and has always had a boomeranging effect. Hopefully, Nigerians who ‘worship’ these men of God every Sunday Morning could come to the reality that these pastors are mere mortals like them.

The social media became the battleground and holy grill for Nigerian politics. Best friends became enemies for having opposing political views. At the national level, social media ‘political warriors’ told their followers Atiku would become the next President of Nigeria. In many states across Nigeria, the people were more or less apprehensive of what was taking place at the national level. The masses were much more interested in who becomes their next governor.

One of the states where the campaign for a change reached a fever pitch was Imo State in the South-East, Nigeria.
The indigenes of that state both home and abroad, wanted a new fresh face at the Government House. Various groups on Facebook and Whatsapp were created to raise funds to effect a change. According to those I had a one- on- one chat with, the current governor of Imo State practically cornered the federal allocation meant for the state for his personal use. In the midst of abject poverty confronting the state; Rochas Okorocha erected a statue to honor the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma who got impeached and removed from office as a result of corruption.
Imo State has over 75% youths unemployment, yet Rochas Okorocha wasted the people’s money chasing shadows. To cover his corrupt tracks, he wanted to remain in power after 8 years via a proxy, hence; he brought his son-in-law to contest as the next governor of the State.

The many sins of Rochas Okorocha prompted virtually every son and daughter of Imo State origin, both home and abroad to say ‘enough is enough’. To put an end to his grossly incompetent laced with corruption, nepotism, ‘godfatherism’, and dictatorship, the masses rejected his son in law at the polls.
The gubernatorial election produced Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, a man whom many attested will do a better job than Rochas Okorocha. Folks who know Hon. Emeka Ihedioha one- on- one said he is a man of high integrity. A man with proven records of achievements as a three-term member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and a one-time Deputy Speaker of the house. Imo State Indigenes are very optimistic that Hon. Emeka Ihedioha will create jobs and use the people’s money judiciously.

Last Sunday, Imo State Indigenes in New York rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the incoming governor’s victory. New York Nigeria Buzz, part of NY Global News was there to cover the occasion. Dr. Chris Anyanwu, Hon. Bethels Agumouh, Dr. Uzo P. Ihionu, Dr. Tobias Nna and others who hail from Imo State told this writer that Hon. Emeka Ihedioha will not let the people down. Above all, Hon. Emeka Ihidioha is a native of Mbaise, one of the greatest autonomous communities in Africa.

Emma Ike Agu is a musicologist, entrepreneur, and international award-winning media personality.

One Comment

  1. Thanks, Emma, for your succinct reporting.
    With the election of His Excellency, Emeka Ihedioha, a new day has dawned in Imo State. Imolites can hope again. God will surely restore the 8 years the locust has eaten with Rochas. By God’s grace, Ihedioha is going to be a Restorer of Broken Walls because his victory is a victory for all Imolites.

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