By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, and son-in-law to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Mr. Uche Nwosu, yesterday said that nobody would be allowed to rig the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Nwosu said this in Owerri while re-stating his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019. He added that he would not succumb to any form of blackmail in his support for Buhari.
Recall Nwosu dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for AA, after a guber parallel primaries in the state at the end of which he lost the governorship ticket to Senator Hope Uzodimma.
Nwosu said: “In fact, anybody thinking of rigging the 2019 election is making a big mistake because we will resist it. The youths of Imo state will resist it, the women and the leaders of the state will resist it.
“If you are not popular, you are not popular and INEC knows that it is not possible to write result in Imo state. People should know that the era of sitting at home and writing results is gone.
“We have made up our mind to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and nothing can change that.
“Whether they blackmail us or not, the truth is that we have made up our mind to support President Buhari. If I am not supporting President Buhari, I won’t be putting his pictures on my billboards and campaign posters, otherwise who am I deceiving?”
He recalled that, “In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari won with a wide margin in my Eziama-Obire Ward and in the 2019 election, despite being the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, I will deliver President Buhari in my Ward but those running to Abuja to blackmail me cannot convince a single person to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Those relying on rigging the 2019 governorship election will be disappointed as the people of the state will resist any such attempt.”
It was his view that, “all those involved in the blackmail should come out and show us their supporters that will vote for President Buhari. All they are interested in is to use the President’s name to compromise the election. They know that they don’t stand a chance in a free and fair election but that will not work in Imo State. We have implicit trust in the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Mamoud Yakubu to deliver a credible election. So, those relying on rigging and other malpractices will fail.” Imolites will resist any attempt to steal their mandate, the people’s vote must count.”