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As the National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has come and gone weekend, resigned but replaced secretary of the convention, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu has advised his state governor, Rochas Okorocha to look elsewhere and plant his son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu as party candidate for 2019 governorship election, not in the APC.
In an interview, he said “Majority of Imolites are grateful to God for what is happening in Imo State as majority of party members are looking forward and hoping that this will lead to Okorocha’s exit from the party”.
“So, it will be a blessing in disguise if the governor leaves the party. I advice Okorocha to take a bold step and look for another party through which he can make his son in-law governor because under Imo APC, Okorocha’s plan to make his in-law governor is dead on arrival.
Uwajumogu averred that “The fact that he has lost the party structure in the state is a sign that his time is up in Imo as leader of party and as I speak to you APC is being revived in the state and Okorocha is finding it hard to accept.
On how much time and resources Okorocha had put in to build and sustain APC in Imo and South-East, he disagreed that “APC is a successful party in the South-East because in terms of election in the zone, PDP has more elected officials than APC”.
“For instance, in the Senate we have Senators Andy Uba, Hope Uzodinma and Ogbu Orji who won on the platform of PDP but have crossed over to APC , there is no governor from the opposition that has cross-carpeted to the ruling party. So, there is nothing much Okorocha did that will warrant his son in-law to succeed him.
“The people of Imo are still jubilating and celebrating the defeat of Okorocha at the grassroots as they will forever remain grateful to God for liberating them from the clutches of wickedness and tyranny.
On whether Okorocha has done more harm to APC in Imo than good, Uwajumogu concurred, saying “For three years now Okorocha boxed the people of Imo State into a corner leaving them helpless and hopeless until after the congresses of the APC when the people in conjunction with coalition of major political actors in the ruling party joined forces and ensured that the congresses were free and fair which led to the governor losing out as his political strength was reduced”.
“Before now, the people of Imo have been in political bondage because of bad leadership exhibited by Okorocha, but their hope came alive after the congresses. Now that the governor has failed to continue to control the party structure in Imo State which is why he is alleging that he is being marginalised.
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