Residents of Umuahia woke up last weekend to behold the posters of the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Orji (Ikuku) flooding the streets of the ancient city. The catchphrase of the poster is: “Restoration of Abia, 2023…Ikuku Is Coming…” with his name boldly emblazoned on the poster. As at now, neither Ikuku nor his father, Senator TA Orji has come out to distance themselves from the posters.
This is indeed astonishing and ridiculous to say the least. Was it not penultimate Sunday, February 6, 2022 that his father, the senior Orji made a declaration that the Abia Governorship seat in 2023 should go to Abia North? That the Abia Charter of Equity, the amorphous equity based document produced by the Abia Founding Fathers should be allowed to run its course?
Ironically, Senator Orji is seen in some quarters as the “Father of Equity”. He installed Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from Abia South as governor in 2015 on the standpoint of equity. He employed the machinery of government as the then governor of Abia State to execute the equity project for Ikpeazu tagged then as “Okezuo Abia”. His argument was that the seat should rotate to Abia South having passed through the two other senatorial districts; Abia North and Abia Central which he was representing.
Credible as the argument was, because it was hinged on the principle of equity, justice and fairness, a section of Abians gave him enormous kudos. However, penultimate Sunday, TA Orji came back to douse tension on the Abia governorship seat. He summoned a meeting of the stakeholders from 17 LGAs and told them pointblank that the seat should not be stagnant, but should continue to revolve and rotate; this time to Abia North.
As expected, few hours after this declaration, the same people who idolatrously applauded him in 2015 went to the media to vilify him with demeaning lyrics, even though people from other side of the cultural divide hailed him. But that is by the way. What Is shocking is this: seven days after his father’s allocution, Chinedum Orji’s posters appeared in the streets, thus counterfeiting the position of the senior Orji.
What’s happening here? Who is fooling who? By the word Restoration, it suggests that Ikuku is coming to vie for the office of the governor of Abia State in 2023. Is there rebellion in Orji’s camp? Or are we in for a grand and monumental abracadabra? Abia is fast becoming a confusing chessboard where the cliché, the more you look the less you see exists. The chessboard is manipulated to suit a particular breed while the vast majority watches and applauds helplessly.
Paradoxically, one of the fundamental problems of this system is that while the few go into their political shrine to befool the system, those that they delude swizzle in sycophancy to the destruction of the system. What an irony! Now, why should TA Orji say one thing and his son Ikuku acts another? Is Umuahia North part of Abia North? Or was the statement by the senior Orji something the rest of us do not understand? What actually did he mean? Or could it be that the Senator did not make enough consultations even in his homestead before “ceding” the coveted seat to Abia North? Why should we cringe at this tomfoolery all the time?
Politicians are something else. They think more of themselves than the society. They speak in tongues all the time. Believe them to your own peril. Saul in the Holy Bible had the spell cast out of his eyes on his way to Damascus. When would ours be? When elections are around the corner the greed in them resonates. They think only for themselves; how to manipulate the process and continue to be relevant in the system and acquire more power.
They employ sizzling and sonorous tongues to sweet-tongue their followers and fans in their various outings. Meanwhile, many of their foot soldiers, majority of them, people of questionable behaviour worship in stupid obeisance to the detriment of the society. The society degenerates and the people are worse for it. Is Ikuku running for Abia governorship? If the answer is in the affirmative, then his father should withdraw the declaration.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.