As the people of Anambra rejoice, save Andy Uba and his ilk, Imo, the land of hope, hopes. We hope that the reinvigorated judiciary will continue to keep faith with the people. We hope that the judiciary still musters the courage and to reject the twisted logic of Prof Maurice Iwu and his infamous INEC as has been done for our sister state - Anambara. A twisted logic which says that "if you thumb print on two ballot papers and put them in the same box, a cyclone-like violence will snatch away one and keep one intact." A twisted logic which says that "INEC has the discretion to cancel one election - that marred by violence - and sustain the other - the cyclone-abandoned."
The judiciary as has been often said is the last hope of the common man and the good people of Imo State are the common men. Indeed we do not have Odumegwu Ojukwu whose voice generates ripples in the Nigerian polity, we may not have the Achebes or the Anyaoku's whose clout and influence are felt beyond the East of the Niger. However, we do have the Arthur Nzeribe's, the Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu's and the Achike Udenwa's whose own clout and influence - you compare - can rival that of our named brothers in Anambra and since they have not spoken or have spoken albeit in their own incomprehensible and class-conscious language, we hope that the judiciary will sit up and listen.
The people of Imo State are really hoping for a Christmas present. The judiciary should quit this suspense game and release our gift for us. And like the people of Anambra our legs can no longer contain this quivering ignited by the Uba's decision of the appellate court. We are waiting to set our feet to the dance floor and lose ourselves in the rapture of a Christmas gift, a gift of justice. And like the Uba-hired troupes, we have gotten our costumes ready, our mgbonkiti, atilogwu and egwuoma ala Owerri. But what if? What if like the Uba-troupes our feet freeze at the pronouncement of judgement? What if our costumes are ready but not meant to be adorned and the dance floor not meant to be? And like a child denied of his or her Christmas present throws nothing but tantrums.
We pray for this Christmas gift. Like the psalmist who says "our hearts are ready o God our hearts are ready" we say to the judiciary, our feet are ready, O judges our feet are ready, do not deny us of this rapturous moment. May we rejoice when we hear them say "today is the judgement day." What a more befitting gift will the judiciary be given to us - the Imo people - more than buying into our clean and green initiative? By helping us to rid Imo of the squint-eyed superimposition crammed over Owerri and its environs? I guess that by doing so, they will be doing their own part of save-the-earth campaign, a complement to the Copenhagen summit.
As the judiciary revels in its latest show of strength and as the people of Anambra rejoices, we the people of Imo say "do not forget us." what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. This INEC-show of shame must be extinguished in the eastern heartland no matter how long it takes, but if by any dint of fate the contrary scales through like a camel through the eye of a needle, we can only say as the Igbos do "ukwu kpoo onye ite ya esere abo ya." We hope that the arm of justice will never grow weary, and my Christmas prayer for the Imo people is "may we never hope when the hand of justice lay enervated - whittled."