Those who think they have seen the back of former Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, as the number One citizen of Imo State had better beware.
This is because the embattled governor, who was booted out of office in an unprecedented electoral defeat in Imo State is bracing for a comeback.
Sources close to the former governor said he has completed plans to launch a return and is only whiskers away from declaring his interest to context in next year’s general elections under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ohakim who arrived at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport on Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. was greeted by a crowd of supporters and some PDP top shots. The former helmsman drove straight to his country home in Okohia, Isiala Mbano, local Government Area, where he held consultations with key party leaders and stakeholders in relation to his governorship aspiration and second coming.
Meanwhile, Ohakim’s political ally Senator Ifeanyi Araraume is also interested in the 2015 gubernatorial race. Both sons of Isiala Mbano in Okigwe political zone slugged it out in the 2007 elections and battled each other in the courts and Tribunals for three years, ending in 2010.
In 2011, both men clashed again under Ohakim’s PDP and Araraume’s ACN and lost to the preferred and promising ‘new kid on the block’ Owelle Rochas Okorocha, whom the whole Imo-State turned out en mass to elect in an unparalleled and revolutionary election. The desire and motivation was to get rid of the unwanted Ohakim.
However, there are people who are now, surprisingly, calling for Ohakim’s return as the enormous hope they put in his successor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has begun to wane.
If Ohakim’s ambition sails through and he beats the other candidates, including Barr. Ken Njemanze SAN, Prof Jude Njoku, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Hope Uzodinma,Senator Chris Anyanwu, among others and is nominated as the PDP flag bearer, he will be contesting for governor with APGAs Capt. Emmanuel Ihanacho and Chief Martin Agbaso, as well as UPP’s Dr. Osmond Imo Ukanacho and his old “enemy” and incumbent Governor Owelle Rochas Okoraocha, now of APC, having dumped APGA the party which gave him the ticket. Governor Okorocha appears to be the lone APC candidate for Governor and, therefore, the person to beat at the next election.
Whether history will repeat itself or not in Imo-State in 2015 will leave to be seen. Observers say the Imo Guber race for 2015 would be intriguing and just as the 2011 one did, will be another litmus test for democracy in Imo State which was dubbed by UN election observers in 2011 as the most democratic state in the Country.