The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday announced the movement of his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Mr. Uche Nwosu, other aides and some members of the state House of Assembly from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).
Okorocha, who stated this while speaking with journalists at the Government House, Owerri, also promised to work for Nwosu’s victory in next year’s governorship election in the state.
He accused the APC governorship candidate in the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma of duping the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Eze Madumere, former Secretary to the State Government, Mr. George Eche and his predecessor, Mr. Jude Ejiogu of the party’s governorship ticket.
The Governor, who said he still remains in the APC as its candidate for Orlu Senatorial District said what happened during the APC primaries in many states has dented the image of the party due to the actions of its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
“What happened in Imo was a clear case of injustice, where Uche Nwosu won the primary and was robbed of the ticket. This injustice must be addressed. However, in spite of the fact that my aides are leaving the party, I am still a member of APC and will not leave the party.
“I tried to persuade them not to leave but they have made up their minds. I have done what I can to make them remain in the party, they disobeyed me. I don’t have any moral justification to stop them.
“President Buhari is not behind the injustice done by the party in the state but Oshiomhole is solely responsible for all the injustice meted to my people in Imo State.
For me, I am still a member of APC. Buhari still remains my candidate and I will support him,” Okorocha said.
He further maintained that among the various governorship candidates of other political parties in the state, Nwosu, remained the best and pledged to support him to fulfill his ambition.