Emeka Ihedioha: The Man Of The Moment In Imo State

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By Emeka Nwosu
Nigeria is in a season of politics. The politicking is reaching a fever

pitch as the political parties and their various candidates criss-cross

the length and breadth of the country campaigning for votes. Everywhere

you go, the dominant issues remain the 2015 General Elections.

The stakes are very high given the primacy of political power in any

organized State, particularly in a developing society like Nigeria. This

fact was clearly acknowledged by the former Ghanaian leader and foremost

Pan-Africanist, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who said: “Seek ye first the

political kingdom, every other thing shall be added onto you”.

Inherent in Nkrumah`s postulation is the assumption that political power

is the most potent instrument for the social and economic reconstruction

of any given society. Students of power and politics believe so.

It is basically for this reason that the contestation for power in

emerging democracies in Africa and other Third World countries is

characterized by a very high level of viciousness and violence.

It is therefore not surprising that Okwudiba Nnoli, the eminent Professor

emeritus of Political Science and the author of the classical book,

“Ethnic Politics in Nigeria” defines politics as “those activities

directly or indirectly related to the acquisition, consolidation and use

of power”.
Acquiring power is one thing and deploying it to serve the good of the

society is another thing altogether.
In Imo State today, there is one young man who is seeking power not for

the trappings of office or the grandeur that comes with such exalted

position; but he is doing so to serve the common good. That man is Rt.

Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives

and gubernatorial flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Power (PDP) in Imo

Emeka Ihedioha is currently the rave of the moment in the State. He is the

man whose time has come. His acceptance is unprecedented as he enjoys

popular support across all the nooks and crannies of the State.

He remains the greatest threat to the incumbent APC administration led by

Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the best gubernatorial choice of the PDP to

take over the Douglas House, Owerri.
It is perhaps in realization of this obvious reality that the

Okorocha-controlled State media organs have launched ferocious but futile

attacks on the candidature of Ihedioha. The government is highly rattled

hence the desperation.
But amidst all this, Ihedioha remains focused, calm and calculated as he

takes his campaign message of liberation and restoration to all parts of

the State.
Last Saturday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Ihedioha was presented by

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji

Adamu Muazu to the people of Imo State as their in-coming Governor. The

proclamation was greeted with resounding applause; an indication of the

wide acceptance and popularity rating of Ihedioha in the State.

He is the most prepared of all those seeking to govern Imo State today,

having surely but steadily occupied critical and sensitive public

positions in the last two decades.
He is well educated unlike some of his opponents whose educational

qualifications have question marks. He holds a Bachelor`s degree in Food

Science and Technology from the University of Lagos. In addition, he has

undertaken an Executive Certificate Course in Financial Management from

the Stanford University, and a Leadership Certificate Course from Kennedy

School of Government, Harvard University, both world-renowned and

prestigious Ivy-league institutions in the United States of America (USA).

Like we noted earlier he has held key positions that have prepared him for

the governorship of Imo State. In his current position as the Deputy

Speaker, he chairs some critical committees in the National Assembly whose

mandate and functions lie at the very heart and soul of the 7th House of

They include the House Ad-Hoc Committee on New Legislative Agenda; House

Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review and Committee of the Whole.

As the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on New Legislative Agenda, he

worked assiduously alongside some of his colleagues to fashion out a

vision document that has defined the direction of the House in the last

three and half years.
Under his superintendence, the Committee produced an innovative agenda in

which the House seeks to promote internal democracy in its business and

deepen the values of probity and accountability in the conduct of public

As the Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee on the Constitution, he has

guided the House in passing critical amendments for the good of our

nation. Such amendments include autonomy for Local Government Councils,

and the making of primary health and housing as basic rights amongst many

other landmark amendments.
As the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, Ihedioha presides over the

consideration of all Committee reports. This critical role is assigned to

him by the Rules of the House of Representatives.
He is always a delight to watch whenever he is presiding as he brings to

bear on the legislative process uncommon brilliance and political

sagacity. Through a combination of wits and statesmanship, he has on many

occasions steered the House out of controversies and difficult situations.

Ihedioha has also empowered many Imo youth and women through his numerous

skills acquisition and training programmes organized in the State within

the 12-year period he has been in the National Assembly as the

representative of Aboh-Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal constituency.

This is the time to reward him for his good deeds to the people of Imo

State all these years of his stewardship to the nation. It is expected

that on Saturday, February 28 all eligible voters will come out en masse

and vote for Emeka Ihedioha as the next governor of Imo State.

Emeka Nwosu, a public affairs analyst was the former Political Editor of

the Daily Times
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