The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has said that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and Hope Uzodimma was to be blamed for the party’s defeat at the governorship elections in the state.
Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) who scored 190,364 with 273,404 votes.
However, Okorocha, in a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, his chief press secretary, said “posterity and history will judge Oshiomhole and Uzodinma over the fate of APC in the South-East, especially in Imo.”
The statement read: “We had maintained that Chief Uzodinma was just a mole in the APC and today, the governorship election in the state and its outcome have obviously vindicated us, aside the fact that a video of Chief Uzodinma’s celebration with Ihedioha has gone viral on the social media.
“Chief Uzodinma succeeded through Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that only his supporters were made agents of the party, from the list he sent from Abuja to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Unfortunately, none of Uzodinma’s and Oshiomhole’s approved agents were seen either at the ward, local government or at the state level ; they didn’t care about the election and its outcome.
“At the end of the day, the APC candidate came fourth. And he has been celebrating with the PDP candidate.
“Their target as it has been shown now is to totally destroy APC in the South-East and in Imo in particular, thereby authenticating the claim in some quarters that it is all about 2023.
“We had equally maintained the contention that Imo people would not vote for Uzodinma because they know him very well, but Oshiomhole refused to listen.
“He came fourth and never showed that he took part in the election; posterity and history will judge Oshiomhole and Uzodinma over the fate of APC in the South-East, especially in Imo State.”