Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has denied having defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement released on Wednesday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemedo, Okorocha refuted the media report that he joined the PDP.
The senator representing the Senate district of Imo West in the National Assembly alleged that Governor Hope Uzodinma was behind the false report of his defection to the PDP last Monday.
Okorocha added that the Imo State government sponsored report was aimed at blackmailing him for the party he created in the state.
The statement reads as follows: “Uzodinma made up the false story of Okorocha leaving the APC because the National Party Secretariat set up a reconciliation committee. And also because of Okorocha’s visit to the National Party Office, with men and women who had sacrificed everything, to make the APC the Party to beat in Imo. And with the members of the National Assembly who have the mandate of the people.
“Governor Uzodinma has never been a member of APC. He joined APC after being appointed governor by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had issued the ruling that the CPA candidate for the 2019 election for governor was Uche Nwosu. Showing this, Chief Uzodinma was a daredevil in APC. “
“Still, he doesn’t want to be humble about it. He wants those who worked and blackmailed the APC to quit the party for him. There would not have been an APC in Imo today if Okorocha had not taken the political risk he took to make Imo APC. Governor Uzodinma is harvesting where he has not sown and he was expected to be sober about it.
But he continued to use blackmail to see how the party could be dropped for him. When did Chief Uzodinma join APC? “