The topsy- turvy political cold war between Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume may have crept into Okigwe zone (Imo North senatorial zone).
This development is predicated on the absence of Senator Araraume and the present senator representing the zone in the senate, Senator Benjamin Uwajumuogu at a recent APC stakeholders meeting convened by the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Acho Ihim.
The absence of the duo in the meeting was termed suspicious and a further confirmation that the APC not only in Okigwe zone and Imo State may have become polarized. Araraume is said to be nursing the ambition of succeeding Okorocha in 2019, a move the Imo State Governor is believed to be opposed to.
Ihim, this news website was told, is Okorocha’s arrow head in Okigwe zone. This is said not to have not gone down well with the Araraume camp as virtually all his loyalists in his Destiny organization in the zone were absent at the Okigwe APC stakeholders meeting.
Uwajumuogu, the present senator who represents in the zone in the senate, is widely speculated to have aligned with Araraume.
The Senator was said to have played a pivotal role in Uwajumuogu’s victory over the PDP candidate, Athan Achonu in the Okigwe senatorial zone re run polls held last year.
Though Okorocha openly backed Uwajumuogu, many of the latter’s followers complained that Okorocha did not do much expected of an incumbent governor because he was scared that Uwajumogu being the only APC senator from the South East would rise to become a principal officer of the National Assembly, thus will become a leader of the APC in the region.
However at the Okigwe meeting held mid week, stakeholders mainly Okorocha’s men and loyalists said “ Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha remains the supreme leader of the APC in Imo State and that the party in Okigwe zone has resolved to give him overwhelming support as a supreme champion”