Emeka Ihedioha’s body language and utterances are not just thought provoking but now an insult to Ndi Igbo and our quest for fairness, equity and most importantly a President of South East extraction which is occasioned by the marginalization of the region since 1999.
It is understandable that the PDP in their usual cash and carry style of handpicking instead of electing their Presidential candidates skillfully relegated the South and failed to micro-zone the party’s ticket to the South East, a region that has immensely contributed to the growth of the party and has never had a fair share of the Presidency even from the party. These obviously made the likes of Peter Obi to seek for an alternative by dumping the party for Labour Party and Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who has remained in the party become a thorn in the flesh of the party over what he described as “unfair” treatment of the South by PDP.
We are not oblivion of the fact that during the wee days of the PDP Presidential primary election that Emeka Ihedioha worked against the Igbo interest and by extension the South as he connived with his Northern masters to sabotage the efforts of Ndi igbo just for his selfish interest.
It has therefore become more worrisome for a man who has been championing the course of equity and fairness in Imo State over which zone should be allowed to produce the next Governor and in fact became the “Mmegbu adighi mma” crooner could make a disparaging statement against those in support of an Igbo candidate and have refused to support his Northern candidate in the 2023 general election.
Emeka Ihedioha in a viral video that is circulating online during his address at the Iri ji Mbaise festival in Ghana called out Igbos supporting Peter Obi’s Presidential candidacy as saboteurs. He went ahead to say that the APC and PDP are the only contenders in the 2023 Presidential election and if Atiku Abubakar of the PDP emerges, he will handover power to a South Easterner. This is the second time he had publicly spoken against the Peter Obi candidacy in Huston, Texas which was condemned by the host community and every well meaning Igbo man and woman.
As difficult as it is to understand the rationale behind these insensitive and unapologetic statements of Emeka Ihedioha, I am forced to ask, how desperate is Emeka Ihedioha?, Is the “Mmegbu adighi mma” one of his political facades? and what does he stand to gain to see a northerner succeed the incumbent northern President who has almost served for 8 years?
Again, Emeka Ihedioha’s vituperations explains negatively that politics is a game of selfish interest and if not, what can justify the actions of this same man who desperately wants to become the governor of Imo State on the grounds of marginalization but sees no evil in the continuous marginalization of Ndi igbo in our national politics.
Whatever Emeka Ihedioha claims to have warranted his actions and words against Ndi igbo and her quest to be integrated into the mainstream of our national politics, we will definitely remind him of his brazen betrayal and as well pay him back in his own coin.