Nigerian politics is sometimes funny. A sitting governor can't boast of being in power until all litigations have been settled in the tribunal, Court of Appeal and possibly in the Supreme Court.
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has had at least two governors who spent only few months in power instead of the statutory four years as contained in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The two governors lost their seats to at least two different factors. Issues can arise either from within the party or from another political party. And that is the case with the two popular governors to be discussed in this article.
The first one is the more immediate of the two personalities to be reviewed. Mr. Emeka Ihedioha is one of the two PDP governors who couldn't spend up to a year in power because of the legal challenges he faced from the opposition parties.
Ihedioha is from Aboh-Mbaise and he rose to prominence when he was elected as one of the principal officers of the House of Representatives. He went from there to contest for the PDP ticket in order to run for the Imo State governorship election. He did win the ticket.
It looked like he would stun the then ruling All Progresives Congress (APC) and he did win initially. Even Rochas Okorocha used everything in his power to make sure that his son-in-law Uche Nwosu emerge as the governor on the platform of the AA.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the poll. But the candidates of the Action Alliance (AA), All Progresives Congress (APC) and the parties themselves dragged Emeka Ihedioha to court to challenge his victory.
The case was dragged till the Supreme Court which eventually sacked Emeka Ihedioha and declared that Hope Uzodinma, the candidate of the All Progresives Congress was the duly elected governor of the state.
Emeka Ihedioha is the 6th governor of Imo State. He took over on 29 May, 2019 and he left on 15 January, 2020. Mr. Ihedioha took over from Rochas Okorocha, who is now a Senator.
Celestine Omehia is another PDP governor who spent less than a year. He was the fourth governor to be take an oath of office of Rivers State governor. He took over from Mr. Peter Odili, who spent eight years in power.
Omehia was nominated to fly the PDP flag in the election though there were skirmishes in the election that brought him in.
He won the election and he was sworn in on 29 May, 2007. He left on 25 October, 2007 spending only five months in power.
Mr. Omehia lost his seat and office to the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. The two were from the same PDP though Amaechi eventually left the party.
After the election, Amaechi approached the court that he was the duly nominated candidate of the PDP and that the Celestine Omehia should be removed from power. His argument was convincing and the court sacked Omehia that day (25 October, 2007).
Upon his sacking, Amaechi took oath of office and became the governor of the state.