Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has claimed that two South East Governors will soon join the governing All Progressive Congress, APC.
His claims is coming on the heels of defections by politicians across the country.
The Governor who was quoted in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary said “It will be good news for us and our olitical future, that we are hoping that two South-East governors will soon jump the ship and move into APC before the elections. We won’t accept the idea of a PDP governor working for Buhari Presidency while expecting us to return him as a PDP governor. It will be unfair for the Party. It is either you are with us or not with us”.
He continued, “In the last election, the PDP in the South-East brought those sentiments of religion and tribe and sold the dummy to our people who bought it without thinking twice. We had all our eggs in one basket. And the bad Politics the Igbos played reflected today in our position in the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Okorocha also hit out at his political adversaries in the State such as Senator Hope Uzodinma and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. He did not also not spare a former National Organizing Secretary of the party, Senator Osita Izunaso advising them to leave the APC.
“People should advice Hope Uzodinma, Araraume and their cohorts to do what Rochas did in 2011. I went to PDP they refused me ticket. I went to President Jonathan, he told me that I cannot defeat an incumbent. I dared and moved to APGA without Ojukwu because shortly I went to APGA Ojukwu became ill and so, couldn’t come for my Campaign”.
He added “I moved to a Party without any structure, no Councillor or honourable member and I defeated an incumbent with all the honourable members, Senators, federal might and so on. I challenge Hope, Araraume and Izunaso to be man-enough and go and pick up a Party and use it to win election rather than causing confusion in a united Party”.
According to him, “both Hope, Araraume, Ihedioha cannot win election without federal government, so that they will have access to Police and Army to write results. They are not popular politicians. I have seen why Hope is insisted on joining APC and two weeks before the Convention so that he can have access to Police. He lost his Local Government to APC in the last House of Assembly election because he was not allowed to rig”.
Speaking for the first time on the impeachment of his erthswhile Deputy, Eze Madumere, Okorocha said he remains impeached.
“The swearing-in of the Deputy-Governor designate was stopped by a Court Order. The former deputy governor was duely impeached according to the laid down rules of the Constitution. He went to Court praying that the new deputy governor should not be sworn-in. The Court granted him the Order on the claim that due process was not followed. Being a law abiding government we obeyed the Order. So, as it stands now, the Deputy- governor has been impeached”.