There was political tension in Imo State on Saturday, January 12th after the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, disagreed with Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

The disagreement followed Okorocha's comments that his son in-law, Uche Nwosu will win the governorship election rather than the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Both spoke at the South East Women and youths rally in Owerri

The governor’s comment angered the APC leaders and women who came from the five states of the South East.

However, in her message, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Oludolapo Osinbajo, called on the supporters of the APC, to vote for the Candidates of the party at all levels, adding that, the APC will win in all the states.

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“I am happy with the crowd we saw today, it shows that Imo is APC, and I want to urge all our youths not to fight, avoid any form of crisis, because President Buhari is a peaceful man.

"From what we have seen today, President Buhari has won the South-East, the same way all our APC candidates have won. A vote for Buhari, is a vote for progress. APC has done well, and we must all support all APC candidates.”

Also,  the National Woman Leader of the APC, Salamatu Bewa Eluma, urged the crowd to vote President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and all APC candidates in the South-East.

Other speakers concurred and called for votes for the APC candidates, which did not go down well with Governor Okorocha.

The event, however, took a turn for the worse when the wife of Okorocha addressed the crowd. She refused to recognise Senator Uzodinma and the angry crowd booed her.

Security officials had an hectic time controlling the crowd, and some women were said to have sustained gunshot injuries, and were rushed to the hospital. 

A visibly angry Okorocha lampooned the APC, asserting that: “The APC has not been fair to us, we are only being calm, because of President Muhammdu Buhari, who already has won in Imo State.

"We are going to support Buhari, but let me tell you people, after we were cheated by the APC, in order to deliver the President, we formed an alliance with other political parties, and leading among them is AA, led by Ugwumba

"Nwosu is APC in spirit. APC owes Imo people an apology, because of the injustice meted to Imo people.

"In Imo State, Nwosu will win Imo State. It is not anti-party. We refused imposition in Imo State.”

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