Imo: The Emperor Loses His Empire

By Comfort Obi One of the most celebrated Emperors in Nigeria is fast losing his empire. He is working very hard to cling to it. But the empire is slipping. The once beloved Emperor is on a long lonely road. For him, sunset beckons. And dreams seem to be dying fast. And hard. The Emperor’s admirers are bewildered. They want to be woken up from what they think is a nightmare. But not a few people are laughing at him. And the chorus is: Serves him right. If anybody ever…

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Money Bags Buy Imo APGA, Jostle for Party’s Guber Ticket

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The influx of defectors to the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Alliance, APGA should ordinarily be a source of strength to the party as 2019 elections draw near but reverse seems to be the case. In the last two months, scores of prominent Imo sons who had occupied important political positions in the past have been defecting to the party with the view of seeking elective offices on its platform next year. However, chieftains of the party in the state who have kept faith and…

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Okorocha Dumps APC After Losing Party Structure

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Following last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress, APC’s coup-like ward congresses in Imo state which saw Governor Rochas Okorocha outsmarted by his former political allies in the party, the governor is now reportedly fighting three –pronged battles for political survival. Governor Okorocha rejected the outcome of the congress which stripped him bare, rendered him a king without kingdom leaving the APC structure in Imo in the hands of his opponents. Except the governor succeeds in getting President Muhammadu Buhari whom he had rushed to Daura to complain to…

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Betty Berths In The Senate

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   A novel political setting in Nigeria’s political space may soon take root in Imo state if all permutations eventually come to fruition. While Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state calls the shots at Government House, Akure, his Owerri, Imo state born wife, Betty  Chioma Anyawu-Akeredolu is set to declare for Imo East Senatorial seat( Owerri Senatorial zone) on the platform of her husband’s party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. If elected, Akeredolu will be the first ever sitting First Lady to go the Senate while her…

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2019 Imo Guber Race: Plot Against Okorocha’s Son In-Law Thickens

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Prelude to next year’s Imo gubernatorial election, high voltage political alignment is afoot in the state. There are indications that Owerri and Okigwe senatorial zones have resolved to present a single candidate that could defeat Governor Rochas Okorocha’s anointed successor. The governor recently endorsed his son-in-law Uche Nwosu as his successor. Nwosu who was former Commissioner for Land under Okorocha and now his Chief of Staff hails from Orlu senatorial district, just like his father in-law, the governor. The governor himself has declared interest in the Imo…

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Owerri: Nero Fiddles While Rome Burns

By Comfort Obi Students of history would, of course, remember  Nero, the frivolous Emperor of the Roman Empire who famously fiddled while Rome burnt. In the South-East where I come from, nothing could be nearer the truth than Nero’s story. Most of our leaders play while the region burns. They engage in frivolities and big-manism while the region is systematically being destroyed. You will excuse me to use the tragedy that is the Ekeukwu market in Owerri as a typical example.  For two years, almost, the case of the famous…

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