By Chidiebube Okeoma
Unarguably,Emeka Ihedioha has shown in action and in character that he is the most articulative and prolific boardroom politician presently active in the IMO state of today.
Ifeanyi Araraume could said to be his match in this direction but the event of 2015 wherein the green cap man gave the strong man from Isiala Mbano a technical knockout, though in a very questionable circumstance,has further buttressed that Ihedioha has the bragging right in this aspect.
For 12 consecutive years, Ihedioha held sway as the representative of Aboh Mbaise /Ngor Okpala Federal constituency in the green chamber of the National Assembly even when it was against the verbal agreement between the two sister Local Government Areas of single term representation each. With his knack for boardroom politics, Ihedioha was able to get the support of the then governor, Achike Udenwa and that of the former governor Ikedi Ohakim for a record third term in 2007 and 2011,respecrively.
Yet with his mastery in boardroom politics, Ihedioha was able to move his way, removed all political barricades to emerge the deputy speaker of the house of representatives as against the zoning arrangement of the People's Democratic Party. -boardroom wizardry.
In 2015,Ihedioha with the aid of his effectiveness in boardroom politics, he was able to see himself through as the flagbearer of the party for the 2015 governorship election in IMO state. Boardroom politics again.
At the height of the crisis in PDP, Ihedioha again implored his political ingenuity in boardroom politicking and was able to give Hope Uzodimma dreaded punch in the battle of which structure of the party controls the soul of party in the state.
But, Ihedioha seems not to have found is knack and rhythm in field politics, you may argue that he was able to win three consecutive general elections in his Federal constituency, but Aboh Mbaise and Ngor Okpala are too infinitesimal to the kind of politics he is playing now.
In 2015,while he scaled through in inner politicking, he copiously failed in his approach to external politicking, no thanks to the choice of his running mate and the zone he comes from .
It was a political blunder for the former deputy speaker to had chosen a running mate from Orlu zone when their son, Rochas Okorocha, was a strong challenger to imo topmost political job.
It was wrong for Ihedioha to had chosen his Director General of his campaign organization from Obowo Local Government Area of the state which its voting numerical strength was and still far behind Mbaitili, Ngor Okpala, Owerri North, Isiala Mbano and Orlu Local Government Areas of the state.
Having contentiously displaced Okigwe Zone in the PDP primaries, his choice of running mate would have been left for the zone. You use something to say sorry to a child you had beaten.
The choice of his campaign managers would had been devolved owing to a person who was contesting for the governorship position of the state not house of representatives seat.
As 2019 approaches, let us see if Ihedioha will emerge stronger from his boardroom politics to make stronger impact this time