The National Working Committee of the APC has adopted Senator Hope Uzodinma as the party’s governorship candidate for Imo state – The ruling party has reportedly also concluded all arrangements to send the name of the senator to INEC – Governor Rochas Okorocha had been earlier asked by the party’s leadership, to choose between his senatorial ambition and his desire to have his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, succeed him Senator Hope Uzodinma has been adopted as the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s governorship candidate for Imo state by the party’s National Working Committee. The final decision was taken on Wednesday, October 31, in Abuja, during a meeting of the NWC, Vanguard reports. reports said that ahead of the November 2 deadline to submit candidates’ names, the ruling party has concluded all arrangements to send the name of the senator to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to a source with knowledge of the matter, the NWC, during Wednesday’s meeting, also reviewed the conduct of primaries in states; especially in areas where there were challenges, and decided to weigh its options before arriving at major decisions. The source reportedly stated:
“Although the chairman was summoned to the villa in the middle of the meeting, but the decision on Imo was almost unanimous. Hope Uzodinma is the man.” Governor Rochas Okorocha had been earlier asked by the party’s leadership, to choose between his senatorial ambition and his desire to have his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, succeed him. He reportedly explained why he and Nwosu were the best candidates for the senatorial and governorship seats; however, before then, the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, advised him (Okorocha) to cede 45% of the party structure to the Senator Uzodinma group.
There was an earlier report that Uche Nwosu boasted about obtaining a court order stopping the All Progressives Congress from removing his name as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Imo state. He made the boast on Sunday, October 28, in reaction to a statement credited to the APC’s acting publicity secretary, Lanre Issa Onilu, that Okorocha, was “a bad loser.”