Friday, 23 August 2013

Opinion: Imo State Deputy Governor And The Gay Story (Part 2)

Madumere; Imo State Deputy Governor

By Barr. Emperor N. Iwuala (Ksc.)

Recently, I wrote an article on the media hype and rumours which have been making the rounds for some time now concerning an alleged involvement of the Imo State Deputy Governor His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere and others in homosexual practices. I also narrated how one Sandra Duru claims that she witnessed an alleged romp between her estranged husband who was a former Transition Committee Chairman for Njaba L.G.A. of Imo State Mr. Uchenna Rajis and Prince Madumere. In the write-up, I tried to draw the attention of the personalities involved to the allegations which I said, were very weighty and not good for their image. Consequently, I advised against the danger of keeping mute over the story.

Recently, I read an article which an acclaimed Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor by name Uche Onwuchekwa wrote and syndicated to some media houses titled ‘Emperor Iwuala and Journalism of Stomach’. In the write-up, Mr. Onwuchekwa told the whole world that I used my article to extort money from people. He also blamed media houses that publish my stories casting negative aspersions on them. In synopsis, the entire article has a lot of disparaging and unprinted remarks about my style of writing.

Anybody who has been following my write-ups can confirm that I have a unique way of writing. I write on well researched facts and issues which are cogent and verifiable. On the contrary, I do not attack persons in my write-ups. Also I do not get involve in falsehood and blackmail and that is why a lot of people avoid joining issues with me in the media. The best people have succeeded in doing is attacking my person and not the issues I write on. This is because most of my facts are cogent and sacred.

Recently, some ignorant pessimists and hack writers, while trying to defend the rot in the Imo State Judiciary, came to the media to attack me over my exposition of what has been going on in that arm of government. They also tried to justify the illegal appointment of magistrates and the disobedience of court judgment ordering for the re-instatement of the sacked members of the Imo State Judicial Service Commission. Respectfully, I am today justified as the Nigerian Bar Association Owerri Branch who is a major stakeholder in the Imo Judiciary, has associated with my position over on the said rot by declaring the said appointment of new magistrates in the state illegal calling for its nullification.

In another development, sometime ago, I saw a picture published on the back page of a newspaper where the present Imo Deputy Governor was allegedly spreading notes suspected to be naira notes. I drew the attention of Mr. Onwuchekwa who claims to be the media aide to the Imo Deputy Governor. He admitted that he sent the picture to the media. However, I told him how unprofessional it was for him to send such a picture to the media for publication. Regrettably, instead of Mr. Onwuchekwa to appreciate the gravity of his professional blunder and see how best to protect the Deputy Governor’s image, he has been writing malicious and false publications against me.

Be that as it may, I am not good at wasting time discussing persons. But I wish to tell Onwuchekwa that sending a picture where his boss was spreading money to the media goes to tell much on his competence as somebody’s image maker.

In the same vein, I view it as a gross negligence on Onwuchekwa’s part to have also allowed the controversial gay story against his supposed boss to gain grounds without a strong rejoinder from him.

In his above mentioned article against me, this acclaimed media aide to my surprise, also failed to put up a strong defence for the Deputy Governor viz-a-viz the gay accusation. He only wasted his time, trying to disparage my ‘less-important person’.

Nevertheless, few days ago, the Deputy Governor called me on phone. When I picked his call, I was expecting him to speak strongly to me in anger because of the anxiety surrounding the gay story as many typical Nigerian politicians would do. But to my surprise, I heard the voice of humility and subtleness. With a voice full of emotions, the Deputy Governor gave me a different version to the whole gay story. To my greatest surprise, he told me that he had not set his eyes on the said Sandra Duru before. He also said that he was not in any way close to the man he was accused of having gay act with saying that he only knew him as a former Transition Chairman in Imo State. He completely denied the whole allegation of being involved in homosexuality strongly terming it as false and cheap blackmail.

From the tone of the Deputy Governor’s voice, I strongly suspect that an innocent man is likely being unjustly taken to the cleaners especially. However, I believe the story was badly managed by his image makers.

Nevertheless, it is good that we have now heard from the horse’s mouth. This is what the public has been expecting for long. Therefore, there may now be a sigh of relief in the minds of many as this saga has come to a final bus stop.

To God be the glory.

(Iwuala can be reached on: 08037247295)

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