The recent defection of former governor of Imo State, Dr Ikedi Ohakim to the All Progressives Congress APC, have sent mixed reactions across the political firmament of the state.
While the PDP New Media Director, Mr. Collins Opurozor, referred to the former governor as a political liability, the Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma is of the view that Ohakim’s entrance into the APC, would revive the party in Okigwe zone.
However, a lot of people, who know how close the former governor had been to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, have started to wonder if Ohakim’s move to Uzodinma, was because he didn’t see any chances of Ihedioha returning to office.
Senator Hope Uzodinma has been faced with a lawsuit, filed at the Supreme Court by a former INEC Commissioner, Chief Philip Umeadi SAN, seeking to unseat him, based on a ruling by the same Supreme Court, which disqualified Uche Nwosu as the authentic candidate of both the APC, and the Action Alliance AA, during the 2019 General Elections.
A lot of Ihedioha’s supporters, as well as PDP faithfuls, have kept faith in the suit, hoping that one day, it would remove Uzodinma and return Ihedioha to power.
Political analysts have speculated, that Ohakim may have resisted the urge to join the APC for so long, because of the possibility of Ihedioha returning to power through the same Supreme Court that removed him, and that his final decision to dump Ihedioha for Uzodinma, may be a signal that there may not be any headway from the suit.
The Supreme Court had recently announced that the case would be coming up, but the announcement hadn’t been greeted with excitement or expectation by Imo people, many of whom have already moved on with Uzodinma.
Ihedioha have been notably silent since after his removal from office, making very few public appearances since then.