Sam Egwu, the former governor of
From the start, Egwu cultivated the deceptive image of a cultured academic that was really concerned about the poor, pitiable and backward lot of his state than the politics of power in
His victory in this dogfight, aided by the evil platoon of the man he sees as his god, Obasanjo, propelled him to try his hands on more laurels and before you can say it, Egwu had started seeing himself as the next best thing God created for the Igbo, after aki na ukwa. He enlisted fully as an audacious prefect of the
But it is in employing his resources in fighting Igbo collective interests and promoting Obasanjo’s personal interests that Egwu excelled. He never believed in nor aided any cause that stood to benefit Igbo while in office. In contrast, Egwu was prominent in any project Obasanjo and his evil court concocted to rubbish the Igbo and benefit its narrow cartel. It is for this servitude that Egwu is being shielded from trial for his well-known corrupt acts, which have taken Ebonyi, a state still ravaged by guinea worm after eight years of Egwu, to the lowest nadir of development. Whether it was in the dubious third term project, or the cannibalization of the Ohaneze to make it pliable to Obasanjo’s vile interests or in launching mind-wracking electoral fraud in Ebonyi, Egwu has been in the inglorious center, employing the hunger, greed and selfishness of a cartel of political vampires in
Egwu stoked the power of inferiority in his Ebonyi people that he almost convinced them they were not part of Igboland. During the ill-fated National Political Reforms Conference, Egwu mobilized his hand-picked representatives from
Egwu was so sold to the evil third term project that he was deigned ‘good enough’ to host the eastern session of the third term project. He was deemed such a good boy to provide the logistic and other tactical support for the success of the nebulous project and he never disappointed the promoters of the project with the elaborate state support he deployed to that project that stood to stymie the aspirations and interests of his Igbo people for an indeterminate period.
Egwu never stopped there, as he was the backbone of the group of unconscionable mercenaries that took over Ohaneze when Joe Irukwu was at the helm. He sustained that group in its ill-advised enlistment into the third term project and was so prominent in that group’s quest for tenure elongation, which introduced a strange dimension to the crises that wracked Ohaneze, as its so called leaders became hapless recruits to Obasanjo’s self-serving third term gambit. When that group, routed by the profound discontent of Ndigbo was overthrown through an immensely popular revolt, Egwu refused to buy that popular turn of events because that was injurious to his own personal political interest that was clinging on the success of the manipulative interests of Obasanjo. He remains a strong pillar of support to the distraught claim of this renegade faction to the leadership of Ohaneze.
When the race for the 2007 presidency peaked with the failure of the third term project, Egwu threw his feeble hat into the ring and was basking in the light of some self-sponsored exit polls that saw him as the best material from Igboland for the presidency, even when he was fresh from his support for the third term. Fighting to remain relevant, he was to exhume an octogenarian and courtesy of the scam election of April 2007, which he is striving to defend in very strange and untenable reasoning, he succeeded in forcing that one on Ebonyi people, still smarting from Egwu’s eight years siege. Soon after his commission expired, he was involved in a monumental corruption investigation by the EFCC but like any other pro-Obasanjo lapdog, the well-published case against Egwu was hushed up in very untidy circumstances.
With a mission to remain relevant on national issues, after he tasted the sweet aroma of power, Egwu is presently on the race for the chairmanship of the PDP after the East was denied of any worthwhile position in the present scheme of things by the masters he serve so diligently. For his present ambition, he has enlisted the support of the man and molten masters he had served so slavishly for eight years, has recruited dozens of image managers and has retched up political contractor to blare his trumpet. I don’t have any problem with that and I care no hoot whether Egwu becomes the chairman of the PDP, which is just a party position that exists at the pleasure of whoever occupies the presidency. But I have a problem with Egwu and company tying that ineffectual position to the well being of Ndigbo who have suffered from their hands since 1999. It is in realizing this self-serving political position that Egwu made his latest public outing on EU reports on the election, which is in tandem with the position of those that sponsor him for his present political dream. It is a bad verse that epitomizes the vain politics of Sam Ominyi Egwu and has worked to the detriment of Ndigbo.