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2019 Guber; Would Owerri Zone Lose Again?

Imo State Capital Owerri.

With 27 LGAs, Orlu zone boasts of 12 Councils while Owerri and Okigwe share nine and six respectively. Owerri zone is made up of Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, Owerri West making up the Owerri Federal Constituency. The whole of Mbaise land, blessed with three LGAs of Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte remains part of the zone as well as the Ngor Okpala and the Mbaike Bloc of Mbaitoli and Ikeduru LGAs.
Proponents of the Owerri Zone for Governor, which became prominent in 2015  election and is gaining ovation ahead the 2019 election have always employed the noticeable imbalance in the number of years, persons from the zones have stayed in Government House, to canvass for support and claim of being entitled to be allowed to produce the governor.
It is an established fact that based on number of years the state has witnessed democratically elected governors, Orlu zone has fared better than Owerri and Okigwe in terms of number of years politicians from the areas have been at the helm of affairs. Since the nascent democracy debuted, the two zones are entitled to agitate to be granted the chance to produce the governor.
Before the nascent democracy arrived in 1999, Late Senator Evan Enwerem was the governor. Enwerem, now late, came from Ikeduru in Owerri Zone. In the new era, it was Achike Udenwa, of Orlu zone, who opened the floodgate to merit two terms spanning eight uninterrupted years. He was followed by Okigwe Zone born Ikedi Ohakim that failed to secure another missionary journey in office. His second term was cut short by an Orlu man, Rochas Okorocha, who has a year to vacate office.
As hostilities for 2019 election commence, aspirants and socio-political groups from both Owerri and Okigwe zones are upbeat about having the chance to produce the next governor in 2019.
Against the backdrop of the intention of the incumbent governor, Okorocha, to produce his successor, Uche Nwosu, from the ruling APC, the quest of the two zones has become more intensive and vociferous. Despite being the Chief of Staff and the son in-law to the governor, Nwosu, from Nkwerre LGA, is also from Okorocha’s Orlu zone.
The ambition of Nwosu has become the needed stimuli for the two zones to ask for a chance to produce the next governor. However, Owerri zone, as usual appears to be more vocal but without antecedents of the usual esoteric process that leaves the public guessing what went wrong after the polls. 
Imo State capital
Owerri City
I stand to be challenged that certain shenanigans orchestrated by political leaders from the zone remain the greatest albatross of Owerri Zone to produce a governor than the excessive of other zones. This scenario is likely to repeat in 2019, acts similar to what transpired in the past is about to re-occur. Unarguably majority of those canvassing for an Owerri Zone governor can be said to be sheer political merchants suspected to be engineering the cause for personal interests that are unconnected to the general feeling for an Owerri zone for governor.
A cursory review of the agitations show that the agitators only wake up when election year approached and remember it is the turn of Owerri zone when their preferred choice or aspirant who would protect their interest in office is in the race.
Except the advocates want to be economical with the truth, they would note that Owerri zone started losing its right to govern the state in 2011, no thanks to the coming of Rochas Okorocha who braced the odds to stop Ohakim’s second tenure.

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