A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has denied report that he is on the verge dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Okorocha said there was no truth in the speculations making the rounds in the state.
The former governor, in a statement issued on Tuesday, July 13 by his media aide in Owerri, Sam Onwuemeodo, pointedly told the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, that he can’t blackmail him out of the ruling party.
He accused the Uzodimma administration of spreading the fake news that he was joining PDP after he led other APC chieftains in the state to the ruling party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Okorocha alleged that Uzodinma was not a member of the APC until the Supreme Court pronounced him the governor of the state on January 14, 2020.
The statement reads, “Governor Hope Uzodimma cannot and will not blackmail Senator Rochas Okorocha out of the All Progressives Congress. Governor Uzodimma was behind the fake story of Senator Rochas Okorocha leaving the APC for the PDP, last Monday.
“He had come up with the fake story of Okorocha leaving APC because the National Secretariat of the party had set up a reconciliation Committee. And also because of Okorocha’s visit to the national office of the party with men and women who had sacrificed all they had to make APC the party to beat in Imo and with National Assembly members who have the mandate of the people.
“Governor Uzodimma was never a member of APC. He joined APC after he had been announced governor by the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court had given Judgement that the candidate of APC in the 2019 governorship election was Uche Nwosu. Showing that, Chief Uzodimma was a gatecrasher in APC.
“Yet, he does not want to be humble about that. He wants those who laboured for APC to leave the party for him. There would not have been APC in Imo today if Okorocha didn’t take the political risk he took to make Imo APC.”