If the pronouncement of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Imo State is anything to go by, then the people and electorates of Okigwe Senatorial Zone will be going back to the polls to choose a new Senator within the stipulated 90 days. And that is, if the Appeal Court does not counter, annul or vitiate the ruling of the lower court or tribunal which held that since the logo of the controversial ACCORD PARTY was missing on the ballot, the election of Senator Athan Nneji Achonu (AKA – One Arm General) cannot stand.
While a member of commentators have condemned the ruling on the basis that the victorious Senator Achonu was nowhere remotely or closely responsible for the non-inclusion of the logo of ACCORD Party in the ballot, the party Leadership in Imo State have argued that the non-inclusion of the logo of the party is a good case of non-compliance with the electoral Act. But the worrisome issue should be; who takes the blame for such omission?
Be that as it may; the interest of this write-up is the candidature of the immediate Past Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ben Uwajumogu [image above], who contested the Senate seat under dispute on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC. It is a trumpeted fact in Okigwe Zone and in Imo State, that Ben Uwajumogu is a notorious ingrate who always bites the fingers that assist him. He has fallen out with over 98% of those who have so far assisted him in his political and business journeys. Ben Uwajumogu is an unrepentant night crawler and frolicker who is better known as a spendthrift.
When it was time to contest the 2011 House of Assembly election, he sought for and obtained the sum of N12.6 BILLION naira from his present rival for the Senate seat of Okigwe Zone, Chief Athan Achonu [image right]. Similarly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu was equally alleged to have embarked on syndicating for loans to prosecute his attempts and efforts at contesting the 2015 Senatorial election, even when he was known to be drawing a monthly budget of N170 million as the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly via his Office Imprest, Security vote, and other allowances.
According to sources close to the ex-speaker, both Hon Chike Okafor and the immediate past member who represented Okigwe North Federal constituency (Hon Mathew Omegara) were approached for financial grant, for the purpose of his senatorial election. The Big question therefore is: If Ben Uwajumogu could go borrowing in addition to mismanaging his monthly subvention without any appreciable performance at the last National Assembly election, how then is it possible that he could win the expected re-run election that will take place now that it is obvious that he is broke, empty and ‘’beggarly’’.
This brings us to the historical background of the subject matter of this epistle – Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu. He was born in the early sixties (60’s) to the family of a famous and successful business magnet, Chief B.O. Uwajumogu of Uwajumogu and Sons Ltd. By the time the Patriarch died on the 12th of June 1985, he left so much wealth and property for his Sons, daughters and wife, popularly called ‘’Egobekee’’. But it had been argued that 70% of those properties actually belonged to the former Governor of old Imo State, Deedem Sam Onunaka Mbakwe.
But sooner the famous Uwajumogu was laid to rest, than the huge wealth disappeared. The former Speaker was accused of frittering away his father’s wealth within a record period, so much that all he had before his election into the State House of Assembly in 2011 was Eastern Comfort Hotels, in Umuahia, their family House at No 19 School road in Umuahia and their village mansion built by his father. Please Google ‘’’UWAJUMOGU AND ANAMEKWE:: THE UNTOLD STORY’’’ for details.
He was virtually feeding from hand to mouth. In 1998, when Ben Uwajumogu ventured to contest as the Executive Chairman of Ihitte/Uboma LGA, he was allegedly bribed to drop the ambition despite the fact that it was the turn of his Umuihi Community to produce the chairman. It would not have been so, had Benjamin Uwajumogu sustained the magnificent business empire built and left for him by his late father. That was why another kinsman of his, Barrister Uhuegbu took a shot at the coveted office, at the intervention of the Anglican Church clerics.
Considering his insolvency, the Ikedi Ohakim administration also refused him the opportunity and ticket to contest for the Executive Chairmanship position in August 2010. When the situation became very embarrassing for this son of a famous wealthy man, who could neither manage his father’s sole distributionship of Nigerian Flour Mills Ltd or that of Tate and Tyle Sugar, nor the filling station, including the heavy duty equipment left for him to engage in road construction; his sister, Chidinma a divorcee, went Cap in hand begging Chief Athan Nneji Achonu, whom Ben Uwajumogu is presently fighting, for rescue and refuge.
Chief Athan Nneji Achonu released the sum of N2 million to Chidinma for the purchase of PDP House of Assembly form for Benjamin Uwajumogu. Next was the sum of N10.6 million released through Hon. Peter Ezenwa Orji (Big Doo) and a Sequia Jeep (Carton colour) to assist with his campaigns, after assuring him of the House of Assembly ticket of Ihitte/Uboma State Constituency. Other prominent sons of Okigwe zone also gave Benjamin Uwajumogu money to assist him. They include : Chief Tony Chukwu who gave him N15 million naira, Chief George Egu who gave him N11.5 million (loan) and others.
The first sign that Benjamin Uwajumogu had turned out to be the greatest ingrate was when he stopped picking the phone calls of these people who practically sponsored his election into the Imo State House of Assembly, and when he emerged the Speaker of the Assembly through the Political ingenuity of an Nkwerre born political genius and master strategist, Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha.
From sources close to Uwajumogu, the ex-Speaker conspired with the powers that be at Douglas House to shut out Senator Athan Achonu from the corridors of power at Douglas house Owerri, as well as cripple his business interests starting with the sealing of Achonu’s Magnificent Hospitality Industry along Douglas road Owerri, which was under construction. As Speaker, Ben Uwajumogu ignored and totally abandoned the statutory functions of the legislature (namely Lawmaking, Appropriation and Oversight) and sunk deep into road construction contract awards and sundries.
He used funds fraudulently obtained in the award of road contracts, to establish two Asphalt plants in Owerri. He acquired several properties in Owerri, Umuahia, Aba, Lagos, Abuja and other places. He renovated and expanded his father’s mansion in the village at Umuihi Community in Ihitte/Uboma L.G.A. He spent like the Arabian Knights and Sheiks, with girls imported from Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Angola etc, to take care of his sexual orgies and escapades.
He equally imported girls from Kosovo, Russia, Spain, and United Arab Emirates, India and many other European and Asian countries, to also take care of his insatiable sexual desires. Ben Uwajumogu has not made love to his beautiful and adoring wife (Madam AILEEN) in the last 15 years. They have not slept in the same bedroom in the last 15 years. He abandoned his wife and confined her with Itching desires. Let the ex-Speaker challenge me on this, and I will open can of worms on this particular issue with details.
It was not long into office as speaker, that he started nursing the ambition to advance to the Senate. Other prospective contenders, competitors and contestants to the exalted senate seat, even among his kinsmen were run out of town and their businesses ruined so as to frustrate them from challenging him in the same party. To excel, he employed the services of a known fraudster, whom he made his Chief of Staff. His name is Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe, the ADOPTED son of late Engr. Francis Anamekwe. His mother, Madam Monica Anamekwe, an 85 years old woman, was made the head of ghost workers in the Office of the Speaker. There were over 100 ghost workers in the Speaker’s office drawing salaries.
This sadist and fraudster (Kodichi Anamekwe) ended up making more enemies for Benjamin Uwajumogu. Nevertheless, both of them evolved a systematic conduit and contraption whereby funds meant for road projects were siphoned, diverted and misappropriated other than the purpose for which they were meant for. The result was several abandoned roads, and city-gate projects and “China” roads built with the most sub-standard Asphalt materials procured at cut throat prices from his personal concerns (ventures) hurriedly erected in Owerri.
Rt. Hon. Ben Uwajumogu’s story of how he looted Imo State Government is a special write-up for another day. But permit me to say that Uwajumogu did not know that time was running out, with his hordes of women foraying into the billions at his disposal as a Speaker. By election time in March 2015, both himself and his social media hirelings had run out of steam. While frolicking at Umuahia in Abia State, he did not know when his opponents made serious in-roads into his Umuihi Community. Even with all the money at his disposal, his power of incumbency as a sitting Speaker, and retinue of aides and hangers on, he lost woefully at the elections by coming a distant third. He lost even in his booth.
Today, Ben Uwajumogu, the Spendthrift is back to square one. He is presently negotiating for a loan (N300 million) with Diamond Bank, so as to prepare for the re-run election. But he is unaware that one of the contestants for the re-run election (Mazi Clement Owunna of APGA) is the third largest shareholder at Diamond bank after Ndaa Paschal Dozie and the Anyiam Osigwe family.
Ben Uwajumogu is currently selling off his properties to raise more funds for the re-run election. He is going to face established billionaires in the contest. Mazi Clement Owunna is the billionaire owner of Starline Nigeria Ltd. While Senator Athan Nneji Achonu is the billionaire owner of Mathan Nigeria ltd.
But the big drama is the Oracle that can save Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu and make him politically relevant in the midst of his several mis-calculations and having offended many people including Hon. Chike Okafor, Uche Ejiogu, Hon Peter Ezenwa Orji (Big Doo), Chief George Egu, Hon Kingsley Dimaku, Prince Robertson Ekwebelem, Chief Tony Chukwu, etc. Also, the political genius and prolific writer, Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha whose wife is from Isiala Mbano LGA of Okigwe zone is already in the boxing ring waiting to give Ben Uwajumogu the beating of his life. How can a man have multiple enemies at the same time?
Recent reports from Ihitte/Uboma (UMUIHI to be precise) have it that the elders have warned Ben Uwajumogu against involving the fraudster Kodichi Anamekwe, in his re-run campaigns if he wants their support which can only be offered sparingly. Against these backdrops, can Uwajumogu re-enact the magic of 2011 now that he is bankrupt and can no longer maintain both his hordes of Sex mates and the female social media aides who promoted his political interests, yet he failed woefully? The word of God is always constant: Whatsoever a man sows, that he will surely reap. – Galatians Chapter 6 verse 7.
Sir Ambrose Chukwuocha
Publicity Secretary, Okigwe Unity Forum
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