Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state yesterday introduced a new twist to his political turbulence as he said his travails were as a result of a serious gang up from Political leaders from South West and the North, against his 2023 presidential ambition.
Okorocha made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at his Ogboko country home in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo state.
The Governor disclosed that despite the orchestrated plot against his political career, he will contest for the nation’s highest political seat come 2023.
Okorocha said “what I am suffering now in APC started two years ago in Lagos. They called my subordinates including my Deputy and asked them to team up to fight me. Hope Uzodinma only joined them lately. They decided to use Hope Uzodinma because they saw him as the strong person being a sitting senator.”
Further, he said “The whole thing is about my 2023 presidential ambition. They want to shut out any Igbo man who is strong politically from the 2023 presidential ambition but despite the gang up I must contest for President in 2023.”
He however refused to mention the identity of his supposed political enemies who are seeking to stop him from higher political office.
According to him, there is a strong conspiracy to stop him from going to the Senate in 2019, alleging that the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Orlu zone, Hon Jones Onyereri is part of the conspiracy.
He said “there is conspiracy to stop me from going to the Senate.Hope Uzodinma has teamed up with Senator Osita Izunaso. There is an alliance with Jones Onyereri, they will use security Agencies to stop me. But I am going to the Senate to make a positive difference”, Okorocha said.
On his quest to represent Orlu zone in the Senate, Okorocha said he is going there to make a positive difference, even as he maintained that Imo is enmeshed in neocolonialism.
The Governor said at the rate Imo is currently, political forces from the west and North were working to hijack the state’s politics, saying “if care is not taken, a time will come in Imo State that before a sitting Governor appoints a commissioner, he will first get an approval from either the west or the North. Most of the Igbo elites have compromised but I am the only person who has not comprised and I will not compromise”, Okorocha said.
The Governor who was instrumental to the emergence of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) failed to install his preferred candidate and son in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu as the party’s flag bearer, who has since decamped to Action Alliance (AA).
While his opponent, Senator Hope Uzodinma is the party’s flag bearer for Imo State governorship position.