For many decades, the trend has been for shadily ‘selected’ political rulers to keep a few people pacified, amassing a lot of wealth for themselves and their few selected partners. They sometimes rule with an iron fist, yet, prior to commencing the campaign for their second term, they begin to embark on a well hatched plot to deceive the masses. They immediately commence on visible projects—typically road construction which has unfortunately become the yard stick to measure performance.
By offering a very insignificant piece of the pie, they win the support of traditional leaders and selfish opinion molders, who then begin to sensitize those under their influence to vote for the incumbent. And unfortunately, the hungry masses buy into this deception, and the trend continues.
These successive set of leaders have caused a painfully sluggish development of the state which has grossly impacted negatively on the likes of Ndi Imo.
The bright side, however, is that another opportunity to change this ugly direction is now staring Imolites in the face in November, and it remains to be seen if they will grab it with open arms. Those who are saddened by the outcome of the presidential election, must seize this opportunity.
Imolites must take the time to study all gubernatorial candidates. If we do, then it will be glaring that the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, Tony Ejiogu, undoubtedly has all the qualities needed to drive the reenactment of a new social contract in Imo State.
From reliable sources, we gathered that when pressure was mounted for Mr. Ejiogu to relinquish the APGA ticket to Major Gen. Jack Ogunenwe (Rtd) who came in second in the concluded Labour Party primaries, he did not yield. Verifiable facts clearly indicate that he was offered money, and yet he was not for sale. Several attempts turned futile which then saw the General move to Action Alliance to grab the ticket there. One can only imagine how much was paid to secure that ticket.
Prior to this incident, many had a soft spot for the General, for one reason or another, but after these occurrences, it has become apparent that Imo will not get anything new with the General. Lest we forget, he served as a General in the same system that people are decrying as an oppressive system. A recent article about his emergence as the candidate of the AA party boasted of his alliance with the likes of Ararume and Okorocha.
Mr. Ejiogu, in all sincerity, does not belong to the present political class whose only business in politics is self-aggrandisement and looting of public funds to the detriment of the common masses. He boasts of a sound educational background and experience that gives him an edge over his counterparts.
In his introductory video, one can see his passion to serve is genuine. You can tell Mr. Ejiogu is a human that understands the needs of other humans. He is a technocrat who is well versed in all things management and finance and has garnered a wealth of experience, enough to be able to identify and alleviate the issues afflicting the state.
He is a candidate who has refrained from name-calling and the politics of mudslinging and insults, even when being attacked. It’s all about keeping his eye on the ball!
Once the campaigns begin, many will see Mr. Ejiogu’s clearly spelt out blueprint on how he intends to change the fortunes of the young people in the state. His plans for agriculture, healthcare, tourism, security, and education all tell beautiful stories of a new deal that Imolites should not allow themselves to miss.
Indeed, electing Mr. Tony Ejiogu as governor in November will present Imolites with a comprehensive package, marking the first time in recent history that a human with a conscience, who is armed with a profound understanding of governance will be assuming office in the state. Imolites will be getting a man of compassion, a man of genuine high moral standards, one who ceaselessly lives an upright lifestyle. His commitment to due process, accountability, excellence, financial probity, and good governance is precisely what the state needs in these challenging times.
In November, Imolites will have a golden opportunity to sign a new deal, a new social contract, and a fresh agreement. It will be a defining moment with destiny. Imo will be lucky to have Mr. Tony Ejiogu as their next governor.