The number of aspirants jostling for the soul of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in Ebonyi State is getting interesting and at the same time repellent. Those with privileged background to flaunt are already catching in and out with campaign posters, leveraging on the goodwill of their work s and support of their people to try their luck in the election that will (Yes will) retire the political career of the scion of the Umahi’s dynasty.
The son of the Izzi Nnodo who tried albeit unsuccessfully to retire Umahi in 2015, Arc Dr Edward Nkwegu is back on the field to complete the aborted project of his political God Father , former Ebonyi state Governor Martins Elechi, the Immediate past SSG of Ebonyi state Government Prof. Ben Odo, the political bulldozer of Ebonyi South Senator sunny Ogboji is also in the race, Engr. Paul Okorie AKA Action who is in the same Local government with Umahi and first to molest by Umahi boys is also in the race, Bible among others are all in the field campaigning to wrestle power from the Ebonyi lord’s of the manor.
The probability of APC taking over Ebonyi state is almost certain; the party stands a greater chance with cohesion and sacrifice from stakeholders. Ebonyi under Umahi is a work in retrogression; the people have no chance with good governance under his leadership.
For some strategist APC members, it is rotationally fair and just for the people of South to produce the next Governor since Ebonyi North and Ebonyi Central have had and still having their share, but what is fair and just in politics may not be politically correct considering the fact that the aim of every political party is to win election and the man they are wrestling with is a strategist who will not rest on his oars or sit akimbo watching the dynasty crumbling like a pack of card
But the question now is, will the array of APC aspirants be magnanimous enough to make sacrifices in order not to scuttle the chances of the party? Can they form a united front? Will they not allow personal ambition to ruin the chances of APC? These and many more are the questions begging for answer
This is where Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and technology must be commended for his earlier statement not to vie for any elective position. The minster is today the leader of the party in the state; he holds the highest political office in APC in the state. He has shown leadership by sacrifice, it shows he knows his people are desirous of real change and no hurdle cum personal ambition should be erected on their way to freedom, posterity will judge him rightly.
“I can’t be fighting for the same thing they are looking for, therefore, he may not have an intention of contesting for any position, the circumstances of today have completely ruled him out because he is today expected to coordinate and rebuild the party in Ebonyi state, he do not need to be distracted, if he seriously need the change. He has disqualify myself to ensure that interest of the party come first.
Now let me recall a story Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu told some people few days ago in his Abuja Maitama home.
“In 2007 I jettisoned my senatorial ambition to fight an enemy in former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was hell bent taking over Lagos State for the PDP.
“Not many of you knew I had obtained, filled and submitted a form for a Senatorial seat in Lagos state with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“But then as the leader of the party seeking to win the governorship seat and my senatorial seat, I had a deep seated reflection and came to realise that I may lose focus and Obasanjo will confront me on both sides to unseat our party in Lagos
“I thought to myself, Obasanjo will fight me and I won’t stay focus on winning the governorship election because my ambition is also at stake giving how desperate he wanted to win Lagos state.
“I called Ganiyu Solomon and asked him to follow me to somewhere, he didn’t know where we were going, then we got to INEC office and I asked INEC to return my form and issue a new one.
“I gave the new form to Gani, he asked me for what sir and I told him to fill the form and he did.
“Then I was able to stay focus and strategise how my party will win the election, we won the governorship election and Gani also became a senator.
“It was the party elders in Lagos who came to me as said; now that you have sacrificed your ambition for the sake of the party, please give us Oluremi.
“I said No, but unknown to me they had obtained the Senatorial form for her and filled it, that was how she became a Senator.
This is what staying focus can achieve.
Even God had to devise a means to stop men when he discovered they were united, focus, resolute and unanimous in their quest to reach him by building the tower of Babel.
With focus, unity, determination and sacrifice Ebonyi shall be free from the grip of Umahi. The APC three WISE men, the APC stakeholders of thirteen Local Government area, the aspirants, the followers of aspirants, the youths, the women and All APC sympathizers get ready to make sacrifice and stay focus to achieve this noble goal. My candid advice.
By Comrade UGWOKE GABRIEL
State Chairman PMB PATRIOTS.