Friday, 5 August 2016


Uche Ogah

by Sam Hart Esq.

Dear Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah.

I bring you greetings this afternoon from Umuahia. I sincerely
hope you're doing well. If so, doxology.

I write to update you on recent developments in Abia State
seeing as you do not live here and you don't know what is

Are you aware that since your attempted coup in Abia State which
was thwarted to the glory of God and shame of the devil, things
have not been the same in Abia State?

Do you know that prior to your voyage in judicial and
administrative rascality, Abia had found a rhythm. The
administration of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had stabilised after the
Supreme Court put Alex Otti where he belonged and we were
cruising at an enviable altitude.

Contractual commitments were being entered on a daily basis
and investors were falling over themselves to put their money into
Abia State. Everyone was in agreement that we were on a good
trajectory and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu came tops in most performance
evaluation rankings.

Then you struck and murdered sleep. Since your unholy alliance
with the Judiciary and INEC, things have not been the same.
I will give you a few examples.

The same week that you perfected your coup, the Abia State
Government had secured the commitment of the President of the
African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina to visit Abia
State. You see, our plan was that in the course of that visit, he
was supposed to sign off on the $200M facility the state was
negotiating with the AfDB for the construction of Port-Harcourt
Road, Aba and other arterial roads.

After your failed coup and the attendant tension that followed, Mr.
Adesina called off the trip and instead, sent 3 of his officials.
They came to Abia and after a tour of the proposed projects,
they returned to Abidjan where the headquarters of the bank is
and promised to file their report.

You see, an issue that would have been resolved on the spot now
requires further lengthy administrative procedures. Is it Okezie
Ikpeazu that will suffer? How? Do you know the businesses along
Port-Harcourt road & what they have gone through over the
years? Do you know how they've prayed for this project to
happen? Chineke lewekwe gi.

I'm sure you read that Setraco had moved into Faulks Road, Aba
leading to Ariaria International Market. Do you know how bad that
road is? Do you know the negotiations and agreements that were
reached before Setraco agreed to move to site?

I don't know if you know that the finances of Abia State are
precarious so for every project, we require the faith and goodwill
of contractors to move to site with the promissory assurance that
they'll be paid for work done.

When you excitedly threw spanners into the wheel of the progress
of Abia State, did you think you were hurting Okezie Ikpeazu? Do
you know what your actions mean for the negotiating power of
the Abia State Government with contractors and what your
actions mean for investor-confidence in Abia State?
Peace, security and political stability are the 3 pre-requisites for
economic development. How has your act of desperation
impacted in these 3 developmental indices?

As of today, since after your gamble and the Certificate of Return
bonanza between you, Justice Okon Abang and INEC, there are
now 8 cases in different courts by different people all laying claim
to the seat of the Governor of Abia State.

From Alex Otti to Friday Nwosu, Acho Nwakanma to Dan
Onyeonagu, all the people who have since moved on with their
lives after the 2015 elections and allowed Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to
govern have suddenly woken up. If Uche Ogah can be issued
Certificate of Return, why can't they?

Do you know that there is no day that goes by without Governor
Okezie Ikpeazu receiving at least 2 groups that came on solidarity
with him. Do you know the man-hours we are losing to that?
Recall that immediately after his swearing in, Governor Ikpeazu
banned all forms of solidarity visits to him so that he can
concentrate on the enormous task ahead. It worked as his results
are there for all to see.

He equally tried to stop these solidarity visits after your thwarted
coup but his close aides vehemently refused. Their argument is
that perhaps, you and your co-collaborators think he is alone in
this struggle. They reasoned that it was important that the world
saw that your people are with you.

So because of you, Governor Ikpeazu, who is not given to praise
and public shows of support, is now welcoming all who come to
show solidarity with him.

Finally, dear Uche Ogah, why are you playing into the hands of
those who swear that you're not from Abia state? Do you know
the harm you are causing to the progress of your state? Will any
true Abian deliberately attempt to draw his state back? Those
people who are egging you on, do they really believe in your
cause or are they just playing you for the 'mugu' that you are?
In your heart of hearts, you know that there is no merit in your
case. You know that there is no way someone who was
employed by government will not pay his tax but you were
banking on your wealth to acquire power for you through the

After your matter gets tossed out by the Supreme Court and after
you have succeeded in distracting everybody and constituting a
nuisance, what else? What does that do for your political future?
Someone tried this same gambit before you. Ask him where he is
today with all his 'supporters'.

The journey to the sustainable development of Abia State is
irreversible. With or without your distractions, this administration
will succeed and Abia will be better for it. My only worry for you
as a young man is that tomorrow, you will still want something
from this same state you are hurting so badly. When posterity
judges you, will the judgment be fair?

I leave you to decide.

Do have a pleasant weekend... If your conscience permits you.

Sam Hart.

No comments:

Post a Comment