The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshionhole, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice to Imo electorates, to vote candidates of their choice during the 2019 election.
Oshiomhole pointed out that contrary to the impression being created in some political circles in Imo State, the stand of President Buhari on the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, was very clear.
The former Edo Governor spoke through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, yesterday in Abuja.
He said Buhari demonstrated his stand at the presidential rally of the APC when he raised the Uzodinma’s hand and presented him to the supporters of the party in Owerri on Tuesday.
He explained that prior to the presidential affirmation by Buhari, he, as National Chairman of the party, had presented Uzodinma at the rally and handed him the flag of the party.
The statement added, “Director General of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, had prompted the national chairman to come to the podium and declare who the governorship candidate of the party is.
“Consequent upon the presentation of all the party’s candidates contesting the various elective positions at the rally, Uzodinma was invited to address the rally, during which he canvassed votes for President Buhari in the February 16 presidential election and for other candidates of the APC.
“Obviously not happy that he could not impose his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the governorship candidate of the APC, outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha had, through his speech at the rally, issued a veiled threat to work against the party and its governorship candidate in the March 2 election.
“While Okorocha claimed that he would mobilise votes for President Buhari, he insinuated he would not work for the APC in the other elections.
“To be sure, Governor Okorocha had since resorted to self-help by sponsoring his son-in-law’s governorship aspiration on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA), in a brazen anti-party act.
“But President Buhari, after recognizing and endorsing, had asked party faithful and Imo people to vote for APC candidates.”