The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, is desperate to be the man who calls all the shots in the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) in his state. His attempt to ensure the emergence of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the party’s governorship candidate in the 2019 elections is however not going as planned.
At the party’s recent ward and local government congresses, Okorocha’s men suffered heavy defeats in the hands of his opponents. He has placed the blame for his defeat on the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso.
- Okorocha said that Oyegun is conniving with his political opponents in the states to derail and frustrate him because he opposed the chairman’s bid to have his tenure elongated. The governor said he met with the party chairman to inquire on whether the congress had been cancelled but did not get a categorical response. “I see the chairman, John Oyegun as a man of integrity and he must be very careful not to allow this Imo something to remove his integrity in this country because as he’s bowing out and aging, not to allow this to dent his political image because history would not write good about him if he would come out publicly to tell the world that there was congress when there was no congress and that he has received result sheet when they have not seen result sheet. That is not good for our party,” he said.
- Okorocha accused Izunaso, as well as Senator Hope Uzodima and Senator Ben Uwajumogu of plotting to dethrone him as the leader of the party in Imo State.
- Okorocha claimed that there was no congress in Imo state. “Rather, the material for the congress was missing and it was traced to the house of the APC National Organising Secretary,” he said.