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Uzodinma to Okorocha: You underestimated your dwindling popularity

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Uzodinma to Okorocha: You underestimated your dwindling popularity

The persistent claim by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) will lose elections in the state, including over 5 million votes in the South-East following the party’s failure to give gubernatorial ticket to his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, was yesterday dismissed as an empty threat and wishful thinking of a man who underestimated his unpopularity.

Governorship candidate of the APC in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma said this in Owerri yesterday through his Director of Media and Special Duties, Hon. Declan Emelumba

According to Uzodinma, the only reason APC was back on track in Imo and set to sweep all the elections in 2019 was because of his emergence as the party’s governorship candidate in the state, insisting that Okorocha’s membership of the party was a big deficiency to APC in Imo and the South-East.

“Contrary to the claims of the governor, if his son-in-law had won the APC governorship ticket in Imo, it would have been a ticket to nowhere except the doom of APC in the state,” he said.

He argued that Okorocha was deluding himself of an imaginary popularity in Imo state when in reality he was very unpopular and disconnected from the populace; the Christian churches, traders, artisans, civil servants and professionals in the state.

He said: “Okorocha has run for many elections, including the governorship of Imo state, before 2011, and even the presidency, and lost all. But in 2011 in particular, Imo people voted more against former governor Ikedi Ohakim than for Okorocha, so, he merely benefitted from the anger of the people against Ohakim. Even at that, the election went into a by-election where Ohakim was finally manipulated out of the race and Okorocha became governor.”

“Also in 2015, Okorocha as incumbent governor could not win outright on first ballot. The election was concluded on a second ballot where some aggrieved PDP members helped again to manipulate him into the governorship office.
“I think this is more than enough evidence that in terms of popularity, Sen. Uzodinma is far more popular than Okorocha in Imo West.”

“The truth of the matter is that all strata of Imo society are celebrating Uzodinma’s victory as the APC candidate and this has brought them back on track to vote massively for APC in 2019. Uzodinma’s popularity in Imo state is infectious and it will not only guarantee victory for APC in Imo state but will rake in far more than 5 million votes for the APC from the South-East in 2019. So, let no one be deceived by Okorocha’s boast because he is the problem of APC in Imo State and the South East.”

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