The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Imo, Hope Uzodinma, has mentioned Governor Rochas Okorocha has underestimated how unpopular he has change into within the state.
Mr Uzodinma acknowledged this in response to Mr Okorocha’s claims that APC will lose the state and 5 million votes within the South East for denying his son-in-regulation, Uche Nwosu, the governorship ticket of the celebration within the 2019 election.
In an announcement, by Declan Emelumba, his Director of Media and Special Duties, Mr Uzodinma mentioned the one cause APC would win within the state is his being the governorship candidate of the celebration.
According to him, governor Okorocha’s membership of the celebration was, certainly, a minus.
He mentioned: “Okorocha has run for a lot of elections together with the governorship of Imo State, earlier than 2011, and even the presidency, and misplaced all. But, in 2011, specifically, Imo folks voted extra in opposition to former governor Ikedi Ohakim than for Okorocha, so, he merely benefitted from the anger of the folks in opposition to Ohakim.
“Even at that, the election went right into a bi-election, the place Ohakim was lastly manipulated out of the race and Okorocha turned governor. Also, in 2015, Okorocha, as incumbent governor, couldn’t win outright on first poll.
“The election was concluded on a second ballot, where some aggrieved PDP members helped, again, to manipulate him into the governorship.”
Mr Uzodima additional mentioned he defeated Okorocha’s political celebration in Imo West Senatorial District in 2011 and 2015, at the same time as governorship candidate and incumbent governor, respectively.
“I suppose that is greater than sufficient proof that when it comes to reputation, Senator Uzodinma is way extra standard than Okorocha in Imo West (the most important senatorial district in Nigeria) the place each come from.
“The reality of the matter is that every one strata of Imo society are celebrating Uzodinma’s victory because the APC governorship candidate and this has introduced them again on monitor to vote massively for APC in 2019.
“Uzodinma’s popularity in Imo State is infectious and it will not only guarantee victory for APC, but will rake in far more than five million votes for the APC from the South East in 2019. So, let no one be deceived by Okorocha’s boast because he is the problem of APC in Imo State and the South East.”