Imo State politics in 2023 will be fascinating, given the state’s current political growth.
According to political analysts, most political actors in the state have begun early enough to plan their political success in 2023. Most of them have already begun subtle consultations.
The state’s major political parties have not been left out, having begun plans and preparations for 2023 as well.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, had launched a membership drive across the country, including Imo state.
However, the party in the state is beset by infighting and divisions orchestrated by a faction led by Dan Nwafor. This ominous development may or may not devastate the party ahead of the next election.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is repositioning itself in the state, and it recently formed several standing committees to propel the party ahead of 2023.
Though issues bordering on insecurity dominate the landscape, most political actors in the state have shied away from them in order to avoid being labelled as state sponsors of insecurity. It was not so fortunate for Senator Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo State and senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, who was accused by the Imo state government of having a hand in recent security breaches in the state.
The major political parties have already developed their permutations and calculations that they believe will shape their electoral chances in two years.
For the PDP, it wallows in the belief that the APC and Hope Uzodimma’s government will continue to fumble and wobble in the State and with time, the image and perception of the party will remain blurred in the eyes of the people.
With internal skirmishes in the party completely exterminated, the PDP hopes that it will earn the sympathy of the Imo electorate for former Governor Emeka Ihedioha, who is expected to fly the party’s governorship flag for a record third time in the 2023 guber polls.
The PDP is daydreaming and hullicinating for the APC.
Mr. Cajethan Duke, spokesman of the APC in the State had said Uzodimma has overwhelmed the opposition.
He wrote ” Governor Uzodimma has continued to surpass effortlessly the expectations of the people by proving both his critics and opposition elements wrong with his sterling leadership disposition”
Another foreseeable calculation ahead of 2023 in the State is the possibility of an alliance or coalition by “aggrieved politicians” who have fallen out with Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Already, three notable political actors in the State such as former Governor of the State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, are not in good terms with Uzodimma despite the fact they belong to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
Political analysts who spoke to this newspaper contend that the political dynamics and calculations for 2023 may not necessarily be influenced by political sympathy or an alliance of some political friends, but by comparative assessment of present and past governments in the State.
“I believe the calculation of the Uzodimma government is to use its present achievements particularly in areas of roads construction to impress the people of the State, which the sacked PDP government could not achieve in the past seven months” said Evelyn Umunnakwe, a political analyst, who argued that what will shape politics of 2023 in Imo State will be beyond politics.