Amidst the raging controversy trailing the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has insisted that Senator Hope Uzodinma is not a member of the party in the state.
He said that Uzodinma’s purported membership of the party was announced in Abuja and that he had never attended any meeting of the party in his ward, local government (Oru East) or at the state level.
This, he said, was the reason no APC member in the state was excited when the party’s National Chairman- Comrade Adams Oshiomhole announced him as his preferred governorship candidate of the party in the state.
“APC members in Imo State see Chief Uzodinma as still a staunch member of the PDP and that was the reason behind the dead silence in Imo over the announcement of his name as the governorship candidate of the party.
“If Chief Uzodinma was to be a known member of the party, there would have been celebration in Imo and the Chieftains of the party in Abuja backing him are elite politicians who have no relationship with the grassroots.”
The governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, recalled that he won his election in 2011 on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) through the ballot box and repeated the feat in 2015 on the ticket of the APC when the two parties were not in power at the federal level.
“So he did not enjoy any federal might as Imo people voted for him for who he is,” stressing that the case of Uzodinma was different as he (Uzodinma) in 2011 took the senate seat for the Imo West (Orlu Zone) from Chief Osita Izunaso through the court.
The Governor urged Uzodinma to face charges of issuance of dud cheques and non-declaration of assets still hanging on his neck saying “since Chief Uzodinma had begun to throw stone not considering the fact that he lives in a badly constructed glass house, we challenge him to publish his profile for the public to see and let Rochas also publish his own.”