Ebelebe! Imo state is currently experiencing a serious political war. Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Christy Anyanwu are at loggerheads with each other.
Trouble started for both factions on August 2nd 2014 at the popular Oru-owerri festival that held in Ugwu Ekwema civic centre. When Gov. Rochas was called to speak, he mounted the podium and started speaking on all his achievements in the state. He enumerated his achievements in Imo since the inception of his administration in 2011.
Next, came the "verbal missiles”.he told the people that Imo would no longer be ruled by those he tagged as “Criminals”. Urging the people to be cautious of politicians they elect into office. Then came the major bombshell, he said;
“A woman who slaps her husband in public to govern the state? You must not allow ono na di acho di (translation: a married woman who derives pleasure in sleeping around with other men) to govern or represent you anymore.Christy wept profusely on hearing those words come out of Okorocha's mouth.
“You must not allow a slippers thrower to be your governor. “
Now, back in 2012, Christy Anyanwu allegedly threw her slippers at Rochas when their convoys clashed along owerri-umuahia road.
Christy is also vying for the governorship seat come 2015 and it is supected that the reason for Rochas's outburst on anyanwu is because she attacked the Governor on the Senate floor over the alleged registering of northerners in Imo state a few weeks back. She described the governor as a stranger who brought shame to the people of Imo and one who lacked the knowledge of the Nigerian constitution.
Now she has released a statement in response to the incident,
Governor Okorocha has chosen to constitute a menace to women; an affront to women, and this a battle for women, only our strong and virile women will bring him to sanity. Governor Okorocha may have guts but not enough to let loose his tongue directly to Senator Chris Anyanwu. That is to say the Governor did not, and dare not, call Senator Chris Anyanwu a prostitute. Rochas has no liver to embolden him on this.
So, at the Owerri cultural festival, he urged the people not to vote for women who are generally prostitutes and who have the tendency to slap their husbands – and as usual he got away with it. Senator Anyanwu does not fit into his bizarre description and category, but it was well interpreted by the crowd, and reports thereafter, to be a statement directed to his enemy, the Senator. We all know, its no longer a cold war, why Rochas has drawn the battle line with Senator Anyanwu. Apart from Senator Anyanwu being his strongest and best contender in the 2015 guber race, Rochas will not forget the power wielded by Senator Anyanwu for his victory as governor of the State at the point when Senator Anyanwu and APGA had not been betrayed and sold out by Rochas. This is his sordid nature. Rochas Okorocha needs some sort of therapy, fast.
To this extent, no counter attack came, and none will come, from distinguished Senator Chris Anyanwu because in his usual cowardice, he made a general, sweeping statement derogatory to women.
The great news is that Rochas has raised Senator Anyanwu to the status of candidate. She has become a he-woman to be feared by king-kong himself. Rochas made a grave strategic error. He asked the general question: will you vote a woman? It is not just Senator Chris Anyanwu that is woman on IMO, but Senator Anyanwu is that one that he fears and dreads, knowing her strength and disciplinary nature.
That open, brazen statement that Owerri should not vote woman has gone down for him. Verily, the man who passed a vote of no confidence on woman before the ancestors of Owerri people; the man who declared at the timber market Orlu that Imo women are the worst prostitutes will never again enjoy the votes of women.
Oru Owerri festival venue was a declaration of war against woman. He will be defeated and deflated by woman, God being alive and living.
Special Adviser to the Distinguished Senator on Public Affairs & Communications.