BY IKENNA OFORDI
The battle for the soul of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, may have been rested with Governor Hope Uzodimma, now seemingly in charge.
The inauguration of the State Party Executives by the Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee on Thursday, at the Buhari House, Abuja has put an icing on the cake for Uzodimma, as he maintains hold of the party in the State.
This leaves in the cooler, former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Orlu Zone in the Senate, Rochas Okorocha, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, and other political bigwigs who had scrambled for the soul of the party in the State with Uzodimma, all not no avail.
Okorocha’s ally, Dan Nwafor has continued to insist that he is the State Chairman of the party in Imo State, alleging of of an existence of a subsisting court order, as basis for his chairmanship of the party.
Senator Okorocha had on Monday declared his intention to run for President on the platform of APC, just as there are indications that his followers will soon join the PDP.
Signs that Okorocha’s followers will leave the APC for the PDP manifested last year when they boycotted the APC membership Registration and Revalidation exercise held last year.
Thereafter, former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP on December 20, 2021 attended the funeral of the mother of Okorocha’s son in law and 2019 governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu.
Video and photos of Okorocha and Ihedioha exchanging banters surfaced online, thus led to speculations of an impending alliance.
Okorocha and Araraume losing the party structure in the State, is similar to unfolding political events in other State chapters of the APC such as Kwara, Cross River, Zamfara, Delta and other States where serving Ministers, Senators have lost the party structure to State Governors.
In Kwara State, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed lost he party structure to Governor Abdulrahman Razaq.