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You caused my downfall, seek God's forgiveness or...Ihedioha confronts Ganduje in Abuja

By Editor on 13th Oct 2021

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It was drama on Tuesday, when former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, came into direct confrontation with Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, calling him out for the alleged role he played in wrenching power from the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Ihedioha, who was removed from power, before celebrating one year in office, had time, apparently to come into direct contact with one of those he suspected as a key factor in his ordeal and wasted no time in giving him a piece of his mind.

The opportunity came at the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre, venue of the public presentation of the book, “Scents of Power,” written by face journalist, Dr. Amanze Obi, with the lawmaker ending his diatribe by asking the bemused governor to beg forgiveness from God or face the consequences after  taking him to the cleaners.

But the confrontation was sparked off by Ganduje, when he skipped acknowledging Ihedioha, in his protocol recognition, as the chief guest of honour at the event, a situation which apparently incensed the former governor, apparently rekindling his wounds.

At the event, which paraded dignitaries like Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, Senators Ben Obi and Kabiru Gaya, Ganduje had left out Ihehioha who incidentally was seated with the other bigwigs, while recognising others.

But Ihedioha, whose ouster through court pronouncements, has continued to generate controversy, wasted no time to retaliate when it was his turn, as the Special Guest of Honour, calling out the governor for his role in the incident that occurred in February 2020.

Ihedioha, who had won his election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State, was removed from office by a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad and replaced with the incumbent, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the poll.

Hear him: “When Governor Ganduje made his address, he chose not to recognize Emeka Ihedioha. I wasn’t disturbed. It only confirmed what I know. I am sure it confirmed what all of you know: Governor Ganduje belongs to the class that is convenient to say but won’t admit that I was the man popularly elected as the governor of Imo State by Imo people. The facts are sacred and history remains history. Our actions in life remain historical and there is nothing we can do about them.

“Governor Ganduje knew when I was Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and we interfaced. As governors, we shared the Economic Council together and he was aware that I won my election resoundingly but he knew what happened. Governor Ganduje, I pray that God will give you the courage one day to confess and ask for atonement. Only truth can set us free.”

Ganduje who wrote the forward to the book, had described Amanze as “one of Africa’s finest journalists” who has availed Nigeria his talents and energy both in public and private service.

Turning to him directly, he added: “We are very good friends even though we only met a few years ago. We met in Imo state when the former governor, Rochas Owelle Okorocha conferred on me the title of Chancellor Order of Imo, COI. Since then, our friendship has continued to grow from strength to strength.

“In spite of his significant achievements in both public and private sectors, I am honestly fascinated by his honest, respectful and humble approach to issues. But this is hardly surprising because it is very clear that he is a man who was well brought up.

“Dr. Obi is not holding any office now, yet he was able to bring together this kind of distinguished audience that we are seeing here today. It is due to the quality of the man that he was able to draw people from everywhere across the country.

“His professional work has impacted on our nation’s life . The time he was appointed to serve as commissioner on two occasions, a lot of journalists and politicians got a chance to work with him. So, he has tasted power. That is why in my opinion in my forward to the book, I made it clear and suggested that the title of this book should have been Taste of Power,” he said.

Guest speaker and governor of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Mohammed lauded the author for his literary interventions on national issues.

“For many years, Amanze Obi has, through his several incisive articles and commentaries, provided a rallying point for stimulating intellectual discourse on the path to national greatness and survival. I am proud that, as Nigeria stands precariously on the edge of a national dilemma, perching perilously on the cliff, Amanze with whom I share the kindred spirit of being an English Language graduate and journalist, has provided another opportunity, for the nation to chart a path to redemption and progress.

“Nigeria may not have been born or formed in the manner we may have desired but at least, its founding fathers gave us a settled geography and thus a settled demography.”



Posted on October, 13 2021

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