REVEALED: Okorocha in secret deal with PDP over son-in-law
…to finance PDP campaign in Imo
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha is in secret talks with the leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the realisation of the governorship ambition of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, sources said in Abuja on Saturday.
Sources in Imo State Government House confided in newsmen that in the unfolding scenario, Okorocha is seeking the support of the PDP leadership led by Prince Uche Secondus for an alliance with the Action Alliance (AA), the party upon which his son-in-law is seeking election after losing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary to Senator Hope Uzodinma.
It was gathered that under the arrangement, Okorocha who is the founder of AA fourteen years ago has promised the PDP leadership bloc votes for the forthcoming Presidential Election.
While in return, the PDP leadership should prevail on its supporters in Imo State to vote massively for Uche Nwosu during governorship election holding March 2.
Okorocha is a card-carrying member of the ruling APC – the platform he intends to run for the Imo West Senatorial ticket.
An APC chieftain from Imo State, who pleaded anonymity while speaking with our correspondent, said Okorocha has already perfected plans to use his frosty relationship with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole as an alibi for APC’s doom in the State.
The source said, “Okorocha is a Fox, he wants President Muhammadu Buhari and others to believe that the failure of Adams Oshiomhole to do his biddings by accepting his Son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as the APC Governorship Candidate, apparently is the reason that would have caused the party’s misfortunes in the Presidential Election.
“To achieve his clandestine motive, Okorocha has promised to dole out a large chunk of cash to the PDP leadership and to also secretly finance its campaign activities.”
It was also learnt that the Governor had been allegedly recruiting and arming thugs ahead of the Presidential and Governorship Elections and is believed to have compromised the Nigeria Police top hierarchy.
A source said, “You can see that despite the massive shake-up in the police, the Commissioner of Police in Imo State has not been moved.
“Okorocha’s romance with the PDP leadership is said to have thrown the camp of the governorship candidate of the PDP in Imo State in total disarray and keen observers are waiting to see how the governor will be able to achieve his ambition.”
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the APC has said it is aware of all plots by all aggrieved members of the party in the State, insisting that the party is not in alliance with any political party in Imo State or anywhere in the country.
The party’s spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, while speaking with selected journalists at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Friday, clarified that the defectors from other political parties are welcomed but it is not in alliance with any political party.
“We are aware of the situation in Imo and we have made our point clear. Let me reiterate that APC does not have an alliance with any party including the Action Alliance. We are not in alliance with any party whatsoever in this election.
“However, we welcome support for our candidates from any party but we do not have such an arrangement that accommodate the candidate of any other party besides APC candidates.
“In Imo and all the thirty-six states, including the FCT, we are campaigning for APC candidates and we expect APC candidates to win elections anywhere we are campaigning in a free and fair atmosphere,” he said.