His Excellency, Sullivan Iheanacho Chime, immediate past Governor of Enugu state is generally taciturn. He is not given to many words, not loquacious and even when he speaks, his words are neither verbose nor tainted with hyperbole. His mien is often austere, even if not scary.
Perhaps, it is in the light of the foregoing, that the recent statement credited to former Governor Sullivan Chime is discomforting and distasteful. Chime was quoted recently in the course of reconciliation meeting of the crisis-ridden All Progressive Congress (APC) in Enugu State that the forthcoming 2019 elections in Enugu State ‘’Will be War’’
For a former Governor and former Chief Security Officer of the state to make a public declaration that the next election will be war speaks volumes for a man who should know better about the importance of peace in a state.
Sullivan Chime, against all odds and permutations, rose to power as Governor of Enugu state through the single decision of his predecessor His Excellency Senator Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani who deployed his Ebeano political machine to the full advantage of Sullivan in his election as Governor. To the consternation of many, Sullivan kicked the Ebeano ladder away after his election.
What became the relationship between Sullivan Chime and his Godfather and mentor Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani is common knowledge and again speaks volume about gratitude that is definitely a scarce commodity in Sullivan’s ‘’to do list’’.
However, that is not our concern here. We are worried that a former Chief Security Officer of a state has openly and unabashly called for arms in an election in his state. Sullivan’s call to arms is completely misconceived and unwarranted. He rose to power through the goodwill and effort of one man, His Excellency Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. For a man who did not even have an outside chance of winning a councillorship election to become Governor for Eight Years, his call to arms is uncharitable, to say the least.
As potential investors to Enugu state, we are gravely concerned by the series of clandestine activities and meetings that is, in the main, intended to scare some of us away from Enugu state. For instance, we are aware of a clandestine meeting that was recently held in Ogwugwu in the Igala land area of Kogi state at the country home of a high ranking politician in that state. The ultimate aim of the meeting is to perfect plans to destabilise the prevailing peace in Enugu state and cause confusion in the forthcoming 2019 elections in Enugu state.
Also, similar meetings have also been held in Anaku, Anambra state and Auchi in Edo state. In Ugbokolo in Benue state, the purveyors of doom also met recently with the sole objective of unleashing mayhem in Enugu state during the 2019 elections.
As observers of the political activities in the state, we have noted with concern, the violence that characterized the primaries of the All Progressive Congress in Enugu state. A case in point is the invasion of APC Congress venues by gun-wielding thugs who fired sporadically to disperse party loyalists.
Similar fights also took place in APC offices and there was even a reported case of attempted assassination on one of the factional leaders of the party in the state.