Okorocha debunks reports of defection to AA
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has debunked social media reports of his defection to Action Alliance (AA) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).Since the APC denied Okorocha’s anointed candidate and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the Imo governorship ticket for the coming elections, there had been rumours that the governor would jilt the ruling party.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, yesterday, the embattled governor described the report as comical.It reads: “An amusing tale with the referenced caption has been trending on the social media for days now. And those behind the balderdash said that the governor, Rochas Okorocha, announced his defection from APC to AA during the New Year crossover service in Government House, to join his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
“Now, our response to the unfounded story: ‘Imo people do not support stolen tickets and that is why all those who stole the governorship tickets of their parties for the 2019 election cannot fly. They have become stranded and looking for whom to blame for their woes or misfortune. They know this fact.
“It was out of frustration that those concerned came up with the story of Governor Okorocha leaving APC for AA, which is not true.“With the ill-gotten ticket, they have also seen that the sound of bitter kola does not reflect its real taste. They used blackmail and what they know how to do best to get the ticket of the party and their challenge now is how to convince Imo people to vote for them.”
According to the statement, Okorocha’s rivals in the APC had said in Abuja that they would win Imo without the governor.“Then, if that is true, why are they still bothered about Rochas and his politics? Okorocha defeated an incumbent governor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ticket, and with the APC ticket defeated a sitting deputy speaker of the House of Representatives of PDP extraction too who had the backing of the federal government in 2015.”
The statement added that Okorocha is on the ground in APC, and working hard for the success of the party in the coming elections. “Those entertaining serious fear are those with strange tickets. And they do not blame anybody but themselves. The day of reckoning is here with us. Gulak has come and gone. Imo people will ensure ‘one man, one vote’.”
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