PDP VP Slot: As PDP eyes Wike, is it the end of the road for Ihedioha?


The next few hours may be the worst few hours in recent times for the former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.

The anticipation and apprehension he is feeling now, may only be equalled to what he felt on the 12th of January 2020, the day the Supreme Court sacked him as governor of Imo State.

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP is presently deliberating on who the running mate of the party’s presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would be.

Indications seem to favour the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, who came second during the presidential primaries.

Also considered are the governor of Delta State Okowa amongst others.

Despite his denial, Ihedioha is believed to be very interested in occupying that position and is believed to be lobbying for it with the help of his former boss and current Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

It can be recalled that Ihedioha has a history with Atiku who many believe was instrumental to what Ihedioha achieved politically, but Ihedioha has never backed Atiku whenever the opportunity presents itself, but have rather supported his opponents.

In 2019 and again at the just concluded primaries, Ihedioha threw his support behind Tambuwal, shunning Atiku.

Ihedioha attracted the anger of Imo people following the treatment he gave the Labour Party presidential candidate and former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, when he was contesting under the PDP.

Ihedioha shunned Obi during his visit to Imo State PDP and was accused of shielding Obi from the delegates.

During Tambuwal’s visit, Ihedioha rolled out the red carpet and had all the delegates in attendance.

That was before the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (SamDaddy) would scuttle Ihedioha’s plans of totally hijacking the structure of the party in the state.

With the way things are going, the chances of Atiku settling for Ihedioha seems very slim, as Ihedioha has nothing to offer unlike Wike who has a large financial war chest to throw into the ring the way his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi did for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

If Ihedioha fails to become Atiku’s running mate, the Mbutu Aboh Mbaise born politician may start considering political retirement as he may not be able to get any other meaningful political position with the way things are going.

Should Atiku pick Wike and they succeed in getting to Aso Rock in 2023, Ihedioha can be sure that he would not be the flagbearer of the party in Imo State, when the governorship election comes up later in 2023.

Wike’s political ally who is Ihedioha’s bitter political nemesis, Senator Samuel Anyanwu would most likely clinch the ticket and even force Ihedioha out of the party, the same way Ihedioha had tried unsuccessfully several times to kick Senator Samuel Anyanwu out of the PDP.

Ihedioha can only have a fighting chance for the Imo PDP ticket, if Atiku fails to become president but the badwill his aides have been attracting to his name lately with their attacks at Peter Obi may become the stumbling block he would face, as Imo people may not look at him very kindly for working against the Igbo presidency project.

With the good performance of the incumbent governor Senator Hope Uzodinma especially in the area of infrastructure, Ihedioha’s former argument of equity which he has already destroyed by supporting Tambuwal, would not work for him again and he might end up not having any other meaningful thing to tell Imo people.

Ihedioha may most likely be joining another former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha in political retirement by 2023.

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