The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has dismissed as mischief purported plans by him to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, dismissed the reports, saying the governor is still in control of the APC in the state.
There have been insinuations Mr Okorocha would leave the APC after appearing to lose out in the party’s ward congress in the state.
The insinuations worsened on Monday after he was quoted as saying he can win election in the state as a member of APGA.
Mr Okorocha’s camp in the Imo APC lost in the ward, local government and state congresses organised by APC. The governor has, however, said no congress was held in the state.
In the state congress, Hilary Ekeh was re-elected as Imo APC party chairman, an election Mr Okorocha described as illegal claiming that there was a court injunction restraining the party from conducting the election.
While dismissing the report that the governor planned to turn his back on the party, Mr Onwuemeodo said APC in Imo State and the South-east is the governor’s creation and he (Mr Okorocha) is still in control.
“Leave for who? After all these noise by those who call themselves stakeholders, owners of the party led by the governor will determine what happens at the end of the day. Watch out,” he said via text message.
Mr Okorocha has been at loggerheads with some members of APC. He recently accused the chairman of the party of being on a vendetta mission against him.
He also accused some “stakeholders” in the party (some of whom he defeated in the 2011 governorship election) of “ganging-up” against him.
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