- The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is going into the Imo State gubernatorial elections with full force and preparedness
- In achieving this, Vice President Kashim Shettima and APC chairman Abdullahi Ganduje met with Governor Hope Uzodimma and his predecessor, Rochas Okoracha
- At the end of the meeting, Okorocha endorsed the second-term bid of Governor Uzodimma ahead of the Imo State gubernatorial election
This was revealed in a statement made available to Legit.ng and issued by the governor's media aide, Nneamaka Okafor, on Thursday, August 17.
As contained in the statement, Senator Okorocha's endorsement came after a meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
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Meanwhile, Senator Okoracha described Uzodimma as a worthy party man who has promoted the party's progressive ideals in his administration of Imo State affairs and other national assignments.
Rochas endorses Uzodimma's second-term bid
He stated that Governor Uzodimma deserves all the support and will work for his victory ahead of the crucial elections.
Senator Okorocha said:
"Governor Uzodimma deserves all the support he needs, and I will work for his victory."
This endorsement is coming barely hours after Okorocha's son-in-law and Governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 Imo State Governorship election, Uche Nwosu, had endorsed Governor Hope Uzodimma for re-election.
Recall that in the early days of Governor Uzodimma's current tenure, the media space had been awash with stories of quarrels between the two leaders of Imo State.
However, this recent endorsement by Senator Rochas Okorocha signals unity in the All Progressives Congress (APC) camp in Imo State.
Tension as Uzodimma drops deputy for female running mate ahead of Imo governorship election
Meanwhile, Imo State Deputy Governor Placid Njoku has been dropped for Lady Chinyere Ihuoma Ekomaro ahead of the November governorship election.
Governor Hope Uzodimma disclosed this while unveiling Ekomaro in the state capital, Owerri, on Saturday, August 12.
The governor said he has no issue with Njoku, adding that the decision to run with Ekomaro is based on political strategy.