The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Imo State, Sam Onwuemeodo has stated that the Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Ugwumba Uche Nwosu are not defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) describing the rumor as ‘cock and bull’ story.
Onwuemeodo in a press statement on Thursday said barely 48 hours to the submission of the Governorship and House of Assembly Candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Political Parties, “the known fraudsters in Imo politics who have sneaked into Imo APC have come up with the cheap and unfounded rumor of Governor Rochas Okorocha and Ugwumba Uche Nwosu leaving APC for SDP. Their first claim was ADC”.
Some factions in the state chapter of the party is not comfortable with the choice of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the governorship flag bearer in the 2019 general election for being a son in-law to the incumbent governor, Okorocha.
But reacting to the rumor of defection of the governor and his son in-law which had been trending on the social media believed to have lost the grip of the state, Onwuemeodo said: “Like we had intoned, this baseless rumor was manufactured by these fraudsters and been marketed by their agents on the social media.
“Nobody builds a befitting house and abandon it for those who are facing criminal charges for issuance of Dud Cheques and failure to declare their assets. Rochas Okorocha is the ‘landlord’ of Imo APC in particular and that of the South-East in general.
And he has the onerous task of ensuring that those recruited to destroy the Party in the State and indeed in the South-East do not have their way.
“With the facts on ground, Uche Nwosu is the only one that has a valid claim to make with regard to the question of who is the governorship Candidate of APC for Imo State. And nobody would expect such a person to leave the party for someone who has nothing tangible to hold unto.
Those who are still in doubt about what the situation should be in the case of Imo APC should read INEC’s decision on Ogun State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Candidates’ list”.
The statement further added that; “For the cock and bull story of SDP or ADC, people should disregard such weightless and unfounded social media creation as there is no cause for alarm”.