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A venue for political gymnastics

Elections in Imo State, the heartbeat of South East Nigeria are always contentious, intriguing. This is the reason a Governor was elected twice  through a supplementary election.
Rochas Okorocha beat the then incumbent Governor Ikedi Ohakim in 2011 to make a mark of unseating a serving Governor. He was re- elected for a second term in 2015 after a runoff election defeating the then Deputy Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.
Interesting political dynamics have continued to manifest in the State, a place unusual political events take place. Imo is a State political gymnastics is active. Four months to the 2019 governorship election, strange but funny political dynamics are playing out.
The present governor Rochas Okorocha, is involved in his biggest political battle. He believes only Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law is the right person to succeed him in 2019.
The opposition will hear none of that.They contend that the Governor is bent of installing his son-in-law in line with what they described as an extension of  his “familiocracy”. Okorocha had been criticized for involving his family members in running affairs of the State government.
Imo State has vibrant opposition political parties and  unhappy elite who say the Governor’s style of governance is not in tandem with norms of modern governance. There is also a confused masses who seem to be caught in the web of the political drama in the state.
The political situation in Imo state is like a child with convulsion. Four months to the election, the tempo is high, the atmosphere is already charged. No other State in the South East is witnessing such bare-faced scramble and desperation for political power.
An unpredictable political climate is in the air. This strengthens postulations of many Imolites who see the governorship election on March 2nd, 2019 as a battle between a governor who believes he has performed in the last eight years and an army of opposition who think otherwise.
Political events leading to the polls show signs of political uncertainty in Imo State. Okorocha is at crossroads. He is at logger heads with the national leadership of the governing APC led by Adams Oshiomole who rejected his son in law and former Chief of Staff, Nwosu, for Hope Uzodinma, a senator who represents Imo West Senatorial district.

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