A former Chief of Staff and son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Uche Nwosu, other aides and members of the State House of Assembly have dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Democratic People’s Party, DPP.
Okorocha made the announcement on Thursday when he spoke with journalists at the Government House, Owerri.
The Governor promised to work for the victory of his son-in-law as the next governor of the state in 2019 even as he remained in the APC as its candidate for Orlu Senatorial District.
Okorocha accused the APC governorship candidate in the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, of duping the deputy governor, Eze Madumere, former Secretary to the State Government, George Eche, and his predecessor, Jude Ejiogu, from the governorship ticket.
He said, “What happened in Imo was a clear case of injustice, where Uche Nwosu won the primary and was robbed of the ticket. This injustice must be addressed. However, in spite of the fact that my aides are leaving the party, I am still a member of APC and will not leave the party.
“I tried to persuade them not to leave, but they have made up their minds. I have done what I can to make them remain in the party, they disobeyed me. I don’t have any moral justification to stop them.
“President Buhari is not behind the injustice done by the party in the state but Oshiomhole is solely responsible for all the injustice meted to my people in Imo State. For me, I am still a member of APC. Buhari still remains my candidate and I will support him.
“They were deceived into believing an illusion. This is a scam played out by Senator Hope Uzodinma after all the efforts they put up in making Uzodinma the governorship candidate; he now realized that they cannot be trusted with any position, including that of his running mate. This is the game behind the game.”