By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Imo State branch of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has said it was not in any merger talks with Chief Achike Udenwa-led Alliance for Good Governance.
The gubernatorial candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2007 governorship poll in Imo State, Chief Uche Onyeagucha, disclosed this in a telephone interview.
He also debunked the rumour making the rounds in the state that he had accepted to run as Chief Ifeanyi Araraume’s deputy in 2011 election, on the platform of ACN.
“I am aware that some members of Alliance Group approached ACN on individual basis to seek a platform for actualizing their political ambitions. It is, however, not true that the leadership of Alliance Group has approached us for merger discussions,” Onyeagucha said.
Although he could not immediately say how many of such members of the group had finally switched over to ACN, Chief Onyeagucha maintained that this could not be read to mean that the entire group had emptied into ACN.
The ACN chieftain vividly recalled that it was only Chief Rochas Okorocha that once approached him to run with him as his deputy and on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“I can confirm that Chief Rochas Okorocha once approached me to run as his deputy on the platform of the PDP but I turned the request down. I told him that my interest is centred on becoming the governor and not a deputy governor”, Chief Onyeagucha said.