Did Okorocha Make Buhari Tell Imo APC Supporters, 'Vote Whoever You Like'?
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his presidential campaign to Imo State.
A rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in the state on Tuesday and it was attended by the state's Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is not supporting the governorship candidate of the party.
The National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, who has had issues with Governor Okorocha, was also at the rally.
Okoracha was the first to address the crowd of supporters and when it was time for Oshiomhole to speak, the disagreement between them played out, with Okorocha leaving the platform.
Addressing the crowd, Mr Oshiomhole introduced Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the party and reiterated that he was the only candidate that the party was supporting in the state, apparently taking a swipe at Okorocha.
After he spoke, President Buhari took his turn.
He thanked the people for their support for the APC and demanded that all squabbles in the state should be resolved in order for them to move forward.
He reassured them of his commitment to fighting corruption and giving Nigerians good governance, with focus on building infrastructure.
President Buhari also said his government had established the TraderMoni, which he referred to as MarketMoni, to empower people with small businesses.
He requested for their vote, but also asked them to ensure that no one usurps their right to vote.
"Vote whoever you like," he said while concluding his speech.
Afterwards, he held Uzodinma's hands and introduced him as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state.
"I wish you all the best," he told Uzodinma.
Imo State APC has been embroiled in tussle after the anointed son-in-law of the Governor, Uche Nwosu, could not clinch the governorship ticket of the party.
The APC ruling in Imo State was out of Okorocha's struggle and effort, so many have said, but whether the people wanted him to hand over to his son-in-law was another thing.
After his plan failed to materialise, with Uzodinma emerging. The table turned like a dream, apparently.
In anger, the governor has refused to support the governorship candidate of the APC, but has continued to shower his support for his son-in-law.
After Nwosu failed to secure the ticket, he left the APC and joined another party, Action Alliance, as the governorship candidate, posing a strong force against the APC which rode on Okorocha's back to rule an Eastern State.
In coming weeks, we shall know who the people of Imo really want.
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