Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has dismissed allegations he has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Action Alliance (AA).
The governor said those with stolen tickets were behind the blackmail. He said he was still in APC, and would continue to work for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election and other genuine APC candidates.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “An amusing tale has been trending on the social media for days, and those behind it said the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has announced his defection from APC to AA, to join his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
“Imo people do not support stolen tickets, and that is why those who stole the governorship tickets of their parties cannot fly. They have become stranded and are looking for who to blame for their woes. They know this fact that Imo people do not support anything stolen. That was the reason they dealt with fraudsters in 1997.
“It was out of frustration that those concerned came up with the story of Governor Okorocha leaving APC for AA, which is not true. With the ill-gotten ticket, they have also seen that the sound of bitter kola in the mouth does not reflect its real taste. They used blackmail and what they know how to do best to get the party’s ticket, and their challenge is how to convince Imo people to vote for them.
“They told lies to those who do not know them, and got the ticket, but Imo people know them and won’t entertain lies from them. It is interesting that nobody has accused Rochas of non-performance, and nobody has challenged him on his constant claim that he has achieved more than those before him put together. The only blackmail tool they have is the son-in-law issue. And nobody has gone to court to say that a man from Nkwerre cannot be governor because his in-law from Ideato South is governor.
“Rochas Okorocha does not play hide-and-seek; he has promised that President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC marketable candidates would win because you cannot force Imo people to vote for someone they know cannot govern them.
“Finally, Rochas Okorocha remains “full-ground” in APC, and he is working hard for the party’s success in the elections. Those entertaining serious fear are those with strange tickets, and they do not blame anybody but themselves. The day of reckoning is here with us. Imo people will ensure one man, one vote.”
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