Abia State, Nigeria And The Laws of Power
THE 11TH LAW OF POWER:
LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOU
Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you. “Thus the wise prince will think of ways to keep his citizens of every sort and under every circumstances dependent on the state and on him; and then they will always be trustworthy”…Machiavelli
That was Orji kalu’s style during his reign as Governor of Abia Sate, Nigeria. He passed on this knowledge to his successor T.A Orji who perfected the system and taught his master (Orji Kalu):-
THE 19TH LAW OF POWER:
KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH - DO NOT OFFEND THE WRONG PERSON
There are different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in Lamb’s clothing.
Gov. T.A Orji was a Wolf in lamb’s clothing and Gov. Orji Kalu is still licking his wounds for violating LAW 19.
However, T.A Orji’s son, Engr. Chinedu Orji (IKUKU ABIA), is a good student who has so far been able to combine these two laws of power (11 & 19).
Although IKUKU had a hand in the emergence of the current Governor of Abia State (Okezie Ikpeazu) but he’s learnt not to offend the Governor, at least for now, he knows who he’s dealing with.
In addition, as IKUKU wanted to be a member of the Abia house of assembly, he needed to get rid of those members whose happiness and prosperity no longer depended on him (Law 11).
If IKUKU had a hand in the coronation of Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia sate, it was logical that he must have a hand in installing the members of the Abia house of assembly - those members who will obey his orders, at least to checkmate the governor.
Unfortunately, the out-of-favour members didn’t read the situation. Some of them thought they could fight IKUKU but there will be only one winner – the man with ji na nma (yam and knife).
To win an election in Abia state, you must belong to the PDP since the party and its members have the apparatus to rig an election for whoever they like. And it is IKUKU that gives the party tickets to whomever he chooses.
By the way, it baffles me why anyone could imagine that IKUKU would like to be in the same house with people like (please pardon me to mention names) Ejiogu, Osoagbaka, Chidi Nwosu, Chidiebere Nwoke.
These people are strong characters. It’ll be practically impossible for a man like IKUKU who hides behind sunglasses, even when attending a church service (a sign of lack of confidence) to contend these characters.
According to the Greek aphorism, ‘man know thyself’, IKUKU knew himself and that was why he renege on any promise he made to anyone. After all, ‘the promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present” – Machiavelli.
And to those politicians who want to invoke the law of morality in trying to overthrow the statuesque in Abia State, please fight your battles and leave the people alone; “politics have no relation to morals” – Niccolo Machiavelli.