Former governor of Imo state and Senator representing Imo West at the National Assembly, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not fully resolved its problems which he believed might continue to brew cold war between Hope Uzodinma and his (Okorocha’s) boys.
However, he addressed the people of Okigwe North recently at Anara central School Field during a mega rally organized for the APC Candidate for the federal constituency’s rerun, Miriam Onuoha, coming up on Saturday.
In his address, Okorocha appealed to the Hope Uzodinma-led government of Imo state to put the past behind and fully integrate him in the new government, insisting that APC in the state is now a large family.
These unresolved issues which the governor cited may not be unconnected with the imbroglio that ensued from his quest to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as his successor, leading to the removal of the then state chairman of APC in Imo, Hillary Ekeh and further showing support for Uche Nwosu’s loyalist, Dan Nwafor.
It is reported that the crisis later led to the division of the party into two factions viz, Hillary Ekeh-led, later Mercinus Nlemigbo executive and Dan Nwafor’s.
While Ekeh produced Hope Uzodinma as the Guber candidate, Dan Nwafor produced Uche Nwosu leading to character assassination, war of words, and name-calling from both factions.
However, Okorocha at the event, stressed that “APC is now a very large family. Although, we know that we still have some areas we need to mend fences, what is important is that APC family has won an election.”
Therefore, he asked that the APC under the authentic chairmanship of Prince Mercilinus Nlemigbo run an open door government that will incorporate his numerous boys.
He called on members to rally full support for the new governor while adding that everything will be taken care of in the course of time.