There was political tension in Imo State, on Saturday, after the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, disagreed with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
Okorocha boasted during the All Progressives Congress, APC, Campaign rally, that his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, of the Action Alliance, AA, and not Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC, will win the Imo State 2019 Governorship election. The Governor’s comment angered the APC Leaders and women, who came from the five States of the South-East for the campaign rally.
The mammoth crowd was watching keenly the show of force between the Governor’s men, and supporters of Senator Hope Uzodinma, who flooded the Stadium.
In her message, Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Oludolapo Osinbajo, called on the supporters of the APC, to vote for the Candidates of the party at all levels, adding that, the APC will win in all the States.
There were gun shots from Security Operatives, when the wife of the Imo State Governor was addressing the crowd. Some women sustained gunshot injuries, and were rushed to the Hospital. Security Agents had a difficult time checking the altercation between the two camps. When the Governor’s wife refused to recognise Senator Uzodinma, the angry crowd booed the First Lady of the State.
However, the National Woman Leader of the APC, Hajia Salamatu Bewa Eluma, urged the crowd to vote President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and all APC Candidates in the South-East. Other Speakers concurred and called for votes for the APC Candidates, which did not go down well with Governor Okorocha, who is supporting his in-law, Uche Nwosu.
A visibly angry Okorocha, lampooned the APC, asserting that: “The APC has not been fair to us, we are only being calm, because of President Muhammdu Buhari, who already has won in Imo State. We are going to support Buhari, but let me tell you people, after we were cheated by the APC, in order to deliver the President, we formed an alliance with other political parties, and leading among them is AA, led by Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. Nwosu is APC in spirit. APC owes Imo people an apology, because of the injustice meted to Imo people. In Imo State, Nwosu will win Imo State. It is not anti-party. We refused imposition in Imo State.”
However, the Wife of the President disagreed, and urged the crowd to vote all the APC Candidates, both in the State and the South-East.
“I am happy with the crowd we saw today, it shows that Imo is APC, and I want to urge all our youths not to fight, avoid any form of crisis, because President Buhari is a peaceful man. From what we have seen today, President Buhari has won the South-East, the same way all our APC Candidates have won. A vote for Buhari, is a vote for progress. APC has done well, and we must all support all APC Candidates.”
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