Owerri Zone has been adjudged the weeping child of the Imo political family, considering how it has continued to lament over its marginalization concerning Imo governorship.
The exalted governorship seat of the State has continously eluded the zone, with Orlu zone occupying the seat much more than the the other geo political zones in the State.
Since 1999 when democracy returned to the country, Owerri zone has only produced a governor of the state once.
HE Emeka Ihedioha, has gone down in the political history books of the State, as the governor who spent the shortest time in office.
He was governor for seven months before he was sacked by the Supreme Court, which replaced him with Senator Hope Uzodimma.
Before Ihedioha in 2007, Chief Martin Agbaso was systematically and brazenly schemed out of the governorship and an Okigwe zone governor Chief Ikedi Ohakim installed.
Orlu zone where the present Governor Senator Hope Uzodimma comes from, had produced Achike Udenwa and Rochas Okorocha, as governors of Imo State.
The duo collectively spent 16 years in office of two terms each.
If Governor Uzodimma contests election as is widely touted by his sycophants in 2023 for another term in office, albeit that he is constititionally empowered to so, Orlu zone would then be looking to spend 24 years on the saddle of Imo governorship. This will be grossly unfair, unjust and inequitable and most likely will breed disenchantment that will destroy the fragile peaceful coexistence that existed between the zones of Imo state.
This percieved development has reignited agitation and concern among the political elites and groups in Owerri and Okigwe Zones who are now determined to change the narrative.
Stakeholders in owerri zone argue that the time has come to change the political equation as regards Imo governorship, beginning from the next political dispensation in 2023
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