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The tension over the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship flagbearer in Imo state may have come to temporay end following the arrival of Senator Hope Uzodinma in Owerri amid cheers from his supporters and Imolites.
The Senator representing Imo West in the national Assembly arrived the state in company of the current deputy governor,Prince Eze Madumere and other leaders of the Imo APC Coalition, a group within the state ruling party with the sole aim to stop the foisting of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law,Mr Uche Nwosu,on the state.
While addressing Party supporters at the guber candidate campaign office along Okigwe road,Owerri on Wednesday, Uzodinma said” a great thing has happened in Imo state,God has had our prayers,darkness has gone,light has come to shine,we shall rise again”
Continuing he said “We will have a government of prosperity where the local government,Civil Service and Pension system works”
As a way to pledging on the indivisibility of the Nigerian state, Senator Uzodinma states“we will be part and parcel of Nigeria”
He went on praising the APC National Chairman, Ex Gov.Adams Oshimohle for standing on the path of truth and promised to work towards greater reformations in the party.
However,Osita Okechukwu,an Enugu state indigene and Director General,Voice of Nigeria(VON) had described the situation as an occasion to “celebrate Imo’s liberation” and called Imolites to continue with the ruling party.
Meanwhile,Governor Okorocha has continued to attack the APC’s national Chairman on the nomination of Senator Uzodinma as APC guber candidate in Imo state as against his choice of son-in-law as successor.
In a release from the governor’s Chief Press Secretary,Mr Sam Onwuemedo,sent out to Press on Tuesday in Owerri,Okorocha was quoted saying that “Chief Uzodinma is desperate to govern Imo State through the assistance of men like Adams Oshiomhole to evade the criminal trials he is already facing,” .
“His idea is that once he becomes governor, he would be leveraging the immunity provision to evade these trials.
“This is the man Oshiomhole wants to govern Imo people. If Oshiomhole had asked questions, and if he was keen on APC’s victory in Imo, he would not have gone into any deal with Chief Uzodinma.”
He added, “Chief Uzodinma should be advised to withdraw from the race and also quit politics to enable him to face these trials, and he can come back to politics if at the end of the trials he is not found guilty.”
Hear him: “I am the lawful governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State. Our national chairman did not respect the rule of law and the constitution of our party by substituting my name for Hope Uzodinma.
“The records are very clear. I won the first primary election on October 2. I also won the second primary held on October 6. The records are there. The police, INEC and DSS reports affirmed my victories.
“It is only for a matter of time. We will get justice in court; my name shall be on the ballot. I shall be announced as the APC governorship candidate in Imo State. Hope Uzodinma won’t be governor.”Nwosu said