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3 Nov 2018

Oshiomhole explains why Okorocha’s in-law was rejected as Governorship candidate in Imo

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the party has submitted the name of Hope Uzondima, senator representing Imo west, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its governorship candidate in Imo.

Speaking with reporters at the headquarters of the party in Abuja, Oshiomhole said he would always uphold the truth in the interest of the party and its members in Imo.

He vowed not to assist Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, to use the “party instruments to build a political dynasty”.

Okorocha had lost out in his bid to have Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, as his successor. Oshiomhole said the desperation of Okorocha to pick a senate ticket and a governorship ticket for his son-in-law amounted to turning Imo into his family dynasty.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, is a beneficiary of the court process, we rescued him. The primary conducted by my predecessor completely swept governor Okorocha out of the system-from ward, local government to the state,” he said.

“What I am not able to do for governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of the APC to help him to build a political dynasty.

“We have prepared the name of senator Hope Uzodinma and submitted it to the INEC. If Governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa and use the grounds of villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I won’t accept it.

“I will uphold the truth in the best interest of the APC members and indeed of the APC people in Imo state. The truth does not require a supporters’ club to stand, it has its own legs, and it can stand.”

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