Until now, Imo state has been one of the more peaceful states in Nigeria as far as political violence is concerned. But now, the situation has changed.
The political heavyweights contesting the number one seat in Imo state, seem to have charged the political atmosphere in the state, as the 'Heartland' as Imo is fondly called, has now been struck by political violence.
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The candidates, each of whom have an enviable political pedigree, are the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, the deputy speaker of the federal House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, and the former minister of the interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho.
One recurring issue in the state that has continued to generate controversy is the governorship debates organised by various groups, as it would seem that each time there is a debate about to be held, or during the debate, violence breaks out.
Recently, the Catholic Church in Owerri decided to organise its own debate. But what should have been a smooth process was marred by violence between rival groups of women with connections to political parties in the state.
See the picture of the destruction below (courtesy Nigerian Tribune):
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Meanwhile, a major disaster was averted recently in Imo state as a pedestrian bridge built by Governor Rochas Okorocha at Heroes’ Children’s Park collapsed while the governor was on the bridge.