By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, leaders of factions of Imo State All Progressives Congress, APC, have begun another round of battle in order to get support of the presidency.
The new line of battle involves accusing each other of working for main opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubarkar.
Vanguard gathered yesterday in Owerri that accusations and counter-accusations have been employed to weaken opponents in the same political party ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.
First to fire the shot was the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who openly accused the governorship candidate of his party, APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma of working for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Atiku Abubakar.
Responding, Uzodinma described Okorocha as claiming to be a member of APC but engaging in a clandestine deal with Atiku, adding that Okorocha should leave the party rather than plan to destroy it.
Okorocha through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, claimed that ”Chief Uzodinma and his motley supporters have openly canvassed supports for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and the party’s candidates for the national assembly elections and have also been working secretly with the PDP chieftains in the state for that purpose, claiming that he has decided to toe that line to get back at President Buhari and Governor Rochas Okorocha for not supporting his candidature.”
You’re drowning man, Uzodinma tells Okorocha
However, Senator Hope Uzodinma through his Director of Media and Publicity, Declan Emelumba, said: “The claim by Governor Rochas Okorocha that the APC governorship candidate in Imo state Senator Hope Uzodimma is working for the PDP for Saturday’s election is fatuous, malicious and a clear evidence that the governor, like a drowning man, is out to cause maximum disaffection within the APC family.”
“The truth is that Okorocha is afraid of losing on Saturday knowing the people have rejected him so instead of coming to see how i can help him he is busy concocting lies to cover his shame. We all know that his party AA is working for Atiku as their presidential candidate.
“Of course the allegation is a blatant lie fabricated by a politically marooned man who in his frustration is throwing darts at every responsible APC chieftain just to see how much it can destroy the APC. Particularly now that defeat is starring them mercilesly in the face.”
He recalled that, “First Okorocha said Rotimi Amaechi and Adams Oshiomole were bent on making Sen Uzodimma governor of Imo state so that they can control Imo resources from Abuja and Port Harcourt.
“In another breath he accused Uzodimma of supporting Osita Izunaso for orlu Senate. Now it’s the same man supporting Atiku and PDP national assembly candidates for Saturday’s election. Surely there must be a limit to mischief and malice but Okorocha seems to have no shame and therefore no limits.
“The much that can be said here is that all men of goodwill should ignore this latest blabbing from a man who can never come to grips that it’s all over for him in Imo politics.”