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The body language of immediate former governor of Imo State, and senator representing Imo West in the Red Chambers, Senator Rochas Okorocha over his 2023 ambition, indicates that the Orlu Zone based politician, may dump the All Progressives Congress for another political party.
This plan by Okorocha as gathered by Lead Newspapers, followed the control of the APC by Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma who by virtue of his position, is a major leader and stakeholder in the Imo State Chapter of the APC.
Okorocha and Uzodinma’s political battle over the soul of APC, started in 2018 when Uzodinma who joined the APC from the PDP, miraculously picked the governorship ticket of the party against Okorocha’s son-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, who expectedly was believed to pick the ticket, following the supports given to him by the then incumbent governor and his father-in-law, Rochas Okorocha.
Despite Uzodinma’s victory as the APC governorship candidate, Okorocha’s loyalists in the APC never supported his candidature, rather were said to join Uche Nwosu who at the said time, had picked the governorship ticket of the Action Alliance. However, Okorocha started losing grips of the APC, when the National leadership of the party led by its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole dissolved the elected state working committee of the party, led by Daniel Nwafor as the state chairman, and appointed Marcilinus Nlemigbo as the state caretaker chairman of the Imo APC, who was nominated by Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Although, Uzodinma’s loyalist in the person of Nlemigbo was appointed the chairman of the caretaker in the state, but Nwafor led state working committee who was a loyalist to Okorocha, never gave uzodinma and Nlemigbo a breathing space as he dragged them to court, where both the court of the first instance and second declared Nwafor as the authentic state chairman of the APC and as such, was still recognized as the chairman though by Okorocha’s loyalists and camp only.
During the Okigwe zone bye election held last December, some of the APC Aspirants identified and worked with Nwafor as the recognized state chairman of the APC, an act which nearly divided the Aspirants.
However, this was brought to an end, when the National Executive council of the APC at the tail end of 2020, dissolved all the APC structures from the wards to the states and appointed caretakers to see to the affairs of the party, pending the next congress which expectedly would take place this year. While the Uzodinma’s loyalists, were still celebrating the appointment of Nlemigbo as the state caretaker chairman of the APC, Governor Hope Uzodinma was appointed by the National leadership of the APC, to head the reconciliation of the APC members in the South East.
In a letter signed by the National chairman caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni and made available to Lead, Governor Uzodinma was mandated to oversee the process of reconciliation and registration, of the APC South East caucus.
This appointment however, has put Uzodinma ahead of other APC members not just in Imo but in the entire South East, according to political Analysts.
Speaking to Lead Newspaper, one of the loyalists of Uzodinma who would not want his name in print, revealed that plans were on the way for the former Governor and Ideato South born politician to move to another party, if paradventure, Uzodinma’s men take over the APC in the next congress.
Although, he did not specify the particular political party which the former governor may likely join, but unconfirmed sources revealed to Lead that the said Okorocha is planning to join the PDP, if he does not find his feet in the APC at last.
Few days ago, the former Governor was said to have stormed Rivers State, where he commissioned some of the projects of Governor Nyeson Wike, a PDP Governor.
Information to Lead, revealed that Okorocha and WIke had a long exclusive discussions, before the official commissioning of the said projects.
Apart from the above, some of the Okorocha’s loyalists has also joined the Action Alliance, a political party allegedly solely funded by Okorocha.
This paper has it on good authority, that the loyalists of Okorocha, have filled the vacant positions in AA ahead of the party’s congress in January 2021, this is also another alternative party, allegedly set out by the former governor ahead of 2021.