Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday hinted that his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu will contest the state governorship election under the platform of another political party.
Nwosu, who lost the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Senator Hope Uzodinma is however rumoured to be in talks with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pursue his ambition.
Speaking at a media parley in Owerri, the state capital on Tuesday, Okorocha said no matter the political platform Nwosu eventually chooses, he remained his preferred governorship candidate.
Describing Senator Uzodinma’s emergence as the worst imposition in Nigerian political history, Okorocha said he would not stop any of his aggrieved loyalists from defecting to other parties.
He further reassured President Muhammadu Buhari that his followers would deliver him at the presidential election, vowing to deal with any of them who goes contrary to his directives.
His words: “What will happen is that while they move to realize their ambition under any other platform, I remain in APC and support them. Such parties will have no presidential candidate but will adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate.
“What we saw in Imo APC was a clear case of injustice and the worst imposition in history. The party members are aggrieved and they will be moving to other parties to pursue their ambitions and I am not going to stop them but we are going to form alliance with whichever party they choose to deliver President Buhari.
“In the 2019 general elections, we are going to vote for candidates and not political parties. I am in the best position to assess the candidates and I know that among all the governorship candidates, Nwosu remains the best.
“I have told Imo people to check the records of those clamouring to govern the state before voting for them.
“What is happening in Imo APC is interesting and strange. A party known for uprightness, justice and fairness as exemplified by President Muhammadu Buhari has been dented by the actions of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for whatever reasons he is yet to disclose.
“I have been trying to manage the situation but I have no moral justification to stop the aggrieved candidates who felt short-changed from realizing their ambitions in any other party but I have not left APC and do not intend to leave APC.
“But you must realize that in Imo, we don’t play party politics but politics of individuals. People did not join APC because of anybody but because of me.”
Okorocha expressed regret that Imo people have been short-changed by the three major political parties in the state, the APC, the PDP and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) through the imposition of governorship candidates.