Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has gone on a major rant after he failed to deliver the state for the ruling party, All Progress Congress (APC).
The 56-year-old, who has been at loggerhead with the National Chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole, claims that the former Edo State Governor worked with APC candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, to conveniently lose the election to Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to deliberately undermine his influence in the state.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo read: “We had maintained that Senator 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.
“He succeeded through National Chairman of the party 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 for the election were seen either at the ward, local government or at the state level; they didn’t care about the election and its outcome.
“The APC candidate came fourth at the end. And he has been celebrating with the PDP candidate.”
“Their target as it has been shown now is to totally destroy the All Progressive Congress (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 Hope Uzodinma because they know him very well, but Oshiomhole refused to listen.
“Uzodinma came fourth and never showed that he took part in the election; Posterity and history will Judge Adams Oshiomhole and Uzodinma over the fate of APC in the South-East, especially in Imo State,” Okorocha concluded.
These allegations have raised some serious eyebrows among party faithful and words from Aso Rock, is that the president is not happy and will act on it as soon as the gubernatorial rerun in the seven states are completed.
Okorocha switched attention to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as he taunted the commission for not issuing him a certificate of return.
The Imo governor suggested that the electoral umpire may be planning a special event to issue him a certificate of return, since it omitted his name from those it issued the certificate. He spoke in Abuja on Thursday, while reacting to the omission of his name by INEC.
Though he was said to have won the Imo West Senatorial district election held on Feb. 23, INEC omitted his name from those it issued certificate of return. INEC flagged the Imo West senatorial seat as having been procured under duress.
Okorocha, while debunking the allegation, said some persons that were opposed to his electoral victory were working to rig him out.
However, he said those behind the plot were not smart in executing their agenda to rig him out of the senate race and his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, out of the governorship race.
Okorocha criticised the election of Emeka Ihedioha, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate, saying he fell short of the criteria for election.
He alleged that the PDP candidate did not have the needed spread of 25 percent in two thirds of the the Local Government Areas in the state as required by law.
He stressed that the PDP candidate ought not to have been declared winner of the polls.
The Imo Governor also said that he was aware that his travails was because some persons were beginning the fight for the future today. He said: “I was conspicuously absent from the certificates issuance ceremony by the commision.
‘I was not there because INEC has removed my name from the list of elected Senators, after being declared the winner by the zonal returning officer. I am actually waiting to hear why INEC struck my name out.
“INEC must be trying to do something special for me, because I understand that once results have been declared and returns made, then you are bound to be issued a certificate of return.”