I’m afraid I won’t be able to leave APC for Uzodimma — Okorocha
Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State and senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, denied joining the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday.
Okorocha told reporters in Owerri through his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemedo, that the rumour of defection was an attempt by the Imo state administration to coerce him out of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Governor Hope Uzodinma cannot and will not blackmail Senator Rochas Okorocha out of the All Progressives Congress, APC,” according to Okorocha. Last Monday, Governor Uzodinma was behind the fabrication that Senator Rochas Okorocha had defected from the APC to the PDP.
“He made up the notion that Okorocha was leaving the APC because the party’s national secretariat had established a reconciliation committee. Also, because of Okorocha’s visit to the APC’s National Office, where he met with men and women who had given their all to make the party the one to beat in Imo. Members of the National Assembly who have been elected by the people.
“Governor Uzodinma never belonged to the APC. He became a member of the APC when the Supreme Court named him governor. The Supreme Court ruled that Uche Nwosu would be the APC’s candidate in the 2019 governorship election. Chief Uzodinma was a gatecrasher in APC, as evidenced.”
“However, he refuses to be humble about it. He wants people who toiled and were blackmailed over APC to abandon the party in favor of him. If Okorocha had not taken the political risk to make Imo APC, the party would not exist today. Governor Uzodinma is reaping what he did not seed, and one would think he would be aware of this.
But he’s kept using blackmail to see if he can get the party to forsake him. When did Chief Uzodinma join the APC?” Okorocha asked.