The senator representing Imo North district in the National Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu, has stated that most members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state are praying and hoping that Governor Rochas Okorocha leaves the party.
“Majority of Imo people of the APC are grateful to God for what is happening in the state as majority and are looking forward and hoping that this will force Okorocha’s exit from the ruling party,” he said in an interview with Daily Sun.
The lawmaker said it would be a blessing in disguise if the governor left the party, adding that the governor is free to join any other political party so that he can make his son-in-law governor there.
He said, “I advise 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.
“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.
“I disagree 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.”
He further explained that Okorocha has done more harm to APC in Imo state than good, adding that, “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 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.”