The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled Hope Uzodinma as its governorship candidate.
Backstory: The decision was announced on Thursday by Daniel Nwafor, the state chairman of the party, at a press conference held at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, the Imo capital.
Nwafor accused Uzodinma of running a parallel executive, as well as working with a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), instead of Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, who is also contesting for a senatorial seat on the APC platform.
Nwafor said: “Senator Hope Uzodinma has been sponsoring the All Progressives Grand Alliance Senatorial candidate, Senator Osita Izunaso, instead of the APC Senatorial candidate in Imo West, Governor Rochas Okorocha.
“He has also been running parallel exco in his Omuma ward and issuing party cards without recourse to party excos.”
A statement signed by the Imo APC Chairman and Secretary, Obioma Ireagwu, read: “This is to inform you that the All Progressives Congress, Omuma Ward of Oru East Local Government Area in Imo State, has expelled Senator Hope Uzodinma from the party due to certain inordinate and anti-party activities perpetrated by him and his cohorts.”
National Exco Reacts: Meanwhile, a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, called the expulsion a ruse, saying that those who masterminded the said expulsion are unknown to the party’s constitution.
The statement read in part; “We want to state categorically that the former Imo State Working Committee of the APC led by Mr. Nwafor was dissolved after a majority of members of our party in Imo State lost confidence in their ability to lead the party to victory in the forthcoming general elections, especially due to their involvement in several anti-party activities.
“Consequently, the NWC had since set up a Caretaker Committee in Imo State led by Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo to pilot the affairs of the party in Imo State. Nlemigbo remains the only recognized Imo State Chairman and any decision which do not emanate from this recognized Caretaker Committee as regards the affairs of the APC in Imo State is null and void.”
Bottom Line: Coming just a few week to the guber polls, this does not bode well for the APC’s chances in Imo.