Uche Nwosu abandons APC and intends to run for Imo State governor as DPP candidate

GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha's son-in-law Uche Nwosu is reported to have left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) on whose platform he is expected to run for Imo State governor.


Mr Nwosu was purportedly elected at the APC convention as its gubernatorial candidate but the party submitted the name of his rival Senator Hope Uzodinma to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) as its official candidate. Last month, an Owerri high court presided over by Justice Kemakolam Ojiako, upheld the prayers of Imo State deputy governor Prince Eze Madumere, annulling the election of Uche Nwosu as the APC gubernatorial candidate.


On Thursday, Governor Okorocha, promised to work for the victory of his son-in-law as the next governor of the state in 2019 even as he remained in the APC as its candidate for Orlu Senatorial District. Governor Okorocha accused the APC governorship candidate, Senator Uzodinma, of duping the deputy governor Eze Madumere, the former secretary to the state government George Eche, and his predecessor Jude Ejiogu, from the governorship ticket.


He said: “What happened in Imo was a clear case of injustice, where Uche Nwosu won the primary and was robbed of the ticket. This injustice must be addressed, however, in spite of the fact that my aides are leaving the party, I am still a member of APC and will not leave the party.


“I tried to persuade them not to leave but they have made up their minds. I have done what I can to make them remain in the party, they disobeyed me and I don’t have any moral justification to stop them."


He added that President Muhammadu Buhari is not behind the injustice done by the party in the state but chairman Adams Oshiomhole, pointing out that President Buhari still remains my candidate and I will support him. According to the governor, Senator Uzodinma cannot be trusted with any position.