Ikeduru born ace comedian cum politician, who now represents Ikeduru in the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Ogbuagu, may be heading for an earlier retirement in his political career, with the way things have been going for him lately.
Uche Ogbuagu is currently not enjoying the best of times at the moment in the State Assembly, as he faces sanctions, following a letter be supposedly wrote, claiming he had resigned as the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, as against his reported sack.
The news had broke, of Ogbuagu’ s sack as the Majority Leader, by his party members in the State Assembly.
Barely hours later, Ogbuagu would release a letter of resignation, supposedly tendered almost a month before his sack.
While the members of the the House, are investigating the letter, which had embarrassed the State Assembly, Ogbuagu’ s political woos may not yet be over with just sanctions from his fellow lawmakers.
With the way Ogbuagu is going, he might be out of political party soon, and may soon be rendered unelectable and unacceptable, even by his own people in Ikeduru.
Ogbuagu came to power through the intervention of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, governorship candidate in the 2019 General Elections, who helped him get the party nomination, as against the Ikeduru party favourite, Chief Dennis Ejikeme Okwu, Sweet Apple.
Ihedioha’ s influence also played a role, in. ensuring Ogbuagu would emerge as the State Assembly member for Ikeduru, but his ambition for a principle position in the State Assembly, would cause a falling out between him, and his political benefactor Ihedioha.
Ogbuagu had his eyes set on the Deputy Speaker position, of the Imo State Assembly, a position which would elude him, and go to Okey Onyekamma, who represents Mbaitoli in the State Assembly.
Ogbuagu didn’ t take that very well, as he believed Ihedioha should have influenced the selection process, and made him the Deputy Speaker.
It would be a grievance against Ihedioha, he would turn into a propaganda material, and attack Ihedioha’ s administration, despite belonging in the same party with him.
Upon Ihedioha’ s removal through the Supreme Court, and the emergence of Senator Hope Uzodinma, Ogbuagu would be the first to dump the PDP, and embrace Uzodinma’ s faction of APC.
Ogbuagu looked forward to a principle position, and was rewarded with the Majority Leader position, which he displayed his position for all to see, by commissioning a seal on his car, like was on the vehicles of the governor and his deputy, as well as the Speaker and the deputy.
Recent allegations against Ogbuagu, including plots to destabilise the State Assembly, and launch a palace coup of sorts, to sack the House Leadership, has trailed Ogbuagu, since his sack, and with the way things are going, he might not be having a cosy relationship with his party.
With relationships with PDP already in the toilet, and many of his former supporters feeling betrayed, Ogbuagu may find a return to the State Assembly, an almost impossible task come 2023.
His ambition for the National Assembly, for which he had severally attacked the current occupant of the seat, Rt Hon Henry Nwawuba, may also have come to a halt, before it even started, as he doesn’ t stand any chance against Innocent Ikpamezie, the OCDA boss, who has very close ties with Uzodinma, and was at a time fingered for Ogbuagu’ s sack as Majority Leader.
Ogbuagu may be left with no option, than to dump the APC for probably YPP, where his political sponsor Senator Ifeanyi Ubah holds sway, but the chances of winning any seat under YPP and with his current political relationship even with his people, is very slim.
Ogbuagu may be retiring from any political contests after 2023, if he cannot find his footings with the APC or PDP before then.