Senator Hope Uzodinma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, has said that Governor Rochas Okorocha never won the 2011, 2015 elections.
According to the senator, Imo people voted more against former governor Ikedi Ohakim than for Okorocha, so, he merely benefitted from their anger.
Uzodinma said this in reaction to Okorocha’s claims that the party will lose the state and five million votes in the South East for denying his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the governorship ticket of the party.
He said Okorocha was the ruling party’s problem, saying that the APC would win in the state only because he is their governorship candidate.
He pointed out that his popularity in Imo state is infectious, adding that it will not only guarantee APC’s victory but will also garner more than five million votes for the party from the South East come 2019.
This was part of a statement by his Director of Media and Special Duties, Declan Emelumba.
He said, “Okorocha has run for many elections, including the governorship of Imo State, before 2011, and even the presidency, and lost all. But, in 2011, in particular, Imo people voted more against former governor Ikedi Ohakim than for Okorocha, so, he merely benefitted from the anger of the people against Ohakim.
“Even at that, the election went into a bi-election, where Ohakim was finally manipulated out of the race and Okorocha became governor. Also, in 2015, Okorocha, as incumbent governor, could not win outright on first ballot.
“The election was concluded on a second ballot, where some aggrieved PDP members helped, again, to manipulate him into the governorship.”
“I think this is more than enough evidence that in terms of popularity, Senator Uzodinma is far more popular than Okorocha in Imo West (the biggest senatorial district in Nigeria) where both come from.
“The truth of the matter is that all strata of Imo society are celebrating Uzodinma’s victory as the APC governorship candidate and this has brought them back on track to vote massively for APC in 2019.