KELECHI UZOMAH, Owerri
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’ s son -in-law Uche Nwosu on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress to Action Alliance after losing his battle to contest the 2019 Imo governorship poll under the banner of the APC.
Prior to his defection , Nwosu was locked in a fierce battle with the National Chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole over the emergence of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the APC’ s candidate for the election .
The former Chief of Staff to the Governor claimed he won the primary and vowed to regain his mandate. With the APC refusing to yield to pressure from him and his father -in-law to represent the party in the election , Nwosu announced his exit from the party with his supporters at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport , Owerri , after his arrival from Abuja on Tuesday .
He said he decided to quit the APC because of injustice, impunity and a lack of respect for party’s constitution to become the governorship candidate of AA.
Clutching an AA flag with the state chairman of the party beside him, Nwosu said the majority of APC’s supporters, except those supporting the senatorial ambition of Okorocha had defected to his new party.
He said his ambition to succeed Okorocha was driven by the support he enjoys from over 70 per cent voters in the state.
Nwosu said AA would join forces with the APC to help President Muhammadu Buhari win the state next year, and support Okorocha ’s bid to become a senator under the APC’s umbrella.
He said, “I have no problem with President Muhammadu Buhari . My headache is the national chairman of APC. He stole my mandate and administered injustice to many of us in Imo State. ”
He added, “It is a divine project and we are ready for the election . It is an inter -party marriage between AA and the APC in Imo.”
He said that his resolve to defect to AA was to respect the wish of the youths of the state projecting his governorship ambition.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the APC in state, Jones Onwuasoanya, on Tuesday resigned from the party.
Describing APC as “a cult”, Onwuasoanya alleged that the party “has dangerously veered off from its own constitution, philosophies and ideological inspirations”.
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