- APC youths in Imo state have called Governor Hope Uzodinma to order over alleged campaign of calumny against Rochas Okorcha
- The group also warned Ohanaeze against being used by the governor to discredit his predecessor's 2023 presidency ambition
- Okorocha had said he would consider going for presidency following several appeals by the lawmaker's cronies and loyalists
The declaration of interest for the 2023 presidency by Senator Rochas Okorocha has polarised the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Youths of the party's state chapter have warned incumbent governor, Hope Uzodinma, to desist from what they termed as a futile campaign of calumny against his predecessor.
Legit.ng recalls that Okorocha weighed in the option of throwing the hat into the ring for the presidency in 2023 following a series of calls and appeals by groups and friends of the senator representing Imo West.
The former governor was on Monday, November 16, urged to vie for the 2023 presidential ticket by a group, Igbos for Rochas Movement 2023 Presidency (IRM).
Responding to the pleas, Okorcha said he would contest after due consultation, promising to provide access to quality education and "balance the unbalance equation."
The comment, however, seemed not to go well with Governor Uzodinma who said the lawmaker should not be taken with seriousness.
But in a swift response on Wednesday, November 25, through its national convener Paschal Candle, Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum (SAYPF) warned the governor to leave Okorocha alone, The Nation reports.
It also slammed the Ohanaeze Ndigbo for being used by the governor to make a bad campaign against his predecessor.
Part of the statement read:
“We call on Ohaneze Ndigbo to call their members to order and for them to mind their utterances. If there is one person who has brought peace to Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and supports Ohaneze ndi Igbo, it is Senator Rochas Okorocha."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the former Imo governor Okorocha submitted that the escalation of the EndSARS protest into violence and wanton destruction of properties is because of "unfair leadership for a long time."
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday, October 23, he noted that the government has been "selfish in handling the affairs of this country."
While noting that the protest is a wakeup call to the Nigerian leaders, the senior lawmaker stated that people in the position of authority must rise to their responsibilities to ensure that such future occurrences never happen again.
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