Another billionaire and PDP stalwart Senator Athan Nneji Achonu to join the race. Senator Achonu otherwise called One Arm General has been under pressure by close associates, political allays across the three senatorial zones and his political family in okigwe zone to run for governorship come 2019 and from all indications and scooping, he may have agreed. While some want him to return to the Senate.
Senator Achonu joining the guber race from okigwe zone is a big headache for Dr ikedi Ohakim whose comeback bid is severally jeopardised.
Listen to Senator Achonu ” I am the next Governor of Imo state by the Grace of God ”
With this latest development, the leading PDP governorship aspirant Rt hon Emeka Ihedioha may have to contend with a very tough primaries and a tight outcome. Many are still mounting intense pressure and pushing hard on Senator Samdaddy Anyanwu to join the race,should he agree to join the race,the political architecture, permutations and calculation will change on the side of owerri zone. However, senator Anyanwu remains focused and clinging his eyes to remain at the Senate for a 2nd term. Prof Jude Njoku a top flying academician and politician from owerri zone has joined the governorship race as well. Prof Njoku support base and patronage is so low to pose a threat to any of the other aspirant from owerri zone.
Suprisingly Senator Hope Uzodinma has not given up on his governorship ambition, despite losing the battle for the soul of Imo PDP and hold of Wadata plaza. While the rumour and suspecion is rift that Senator Uzodinma and his political family has been working for APC to destabilise Imo PDP and may decamp to APC any moment from now , senator Uzodinma had told a close source in London recently that he will not leave PDP for anybody,that he will swim and sink with PDP, that he will contest the PDP primary and beat Emeka Ihedioha and others hands down. He confided in this same source that only senator Samdaddy Anyanwu and senator Athan Achonu can give him a good fight at the PDP primaries and not the likes of Emeka Ihedioha. Meanwhile Hon ikenga mayor Eze is basking in the fullness of confidence that he will contest the 2019 governorship to a logical conclusion and will not step aside for anybody. The PDP primaries will be a fight for the titans while Emeka Ihedioha remain advantageous .
The governorship race under Imo APC will be messy and even messier than imagined because Senator ifeanyi Ararume,senator osita Izunaso and ugwumba uche nwosu who are the front runners as of today are not giving up on their governorship ambition an inch despite all pretences and coding. While senator Ararume has declared openly and rolled out his well organised and heavily funded political machines; Senator Izunaso and Ugwumba uche nwosu are yet to declare openly but are making unprecedented behind the scenes preparations to roll out their respective political machines in the nook and crannies of Imo state with the financial muscles to match senator Ararume however he wants it. Any person who is still thinking that Senator Izunaso and Ugwumba uche Nwosu will not contest Imo governor 2019 is sleeping and will not wake up from the sleep till after the election.
OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES…
ICT GURU and billionaire Leostan Ekeh and CEO of Technology Distribution TD who just struck the biggest deal with Google to distribute Google tectechnology in Africa and paid Two billion dollars, remain the darling of other political parties scrambling him to be their flag bearer. Okey Ezeh a brilliant economist or so will lose APGA ticket to Leostan like a penny without knowing. Leostan may spring up a big suprise.