Imo: Uncertainty as Rochas Okorocha Refuses APC Registration


The governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has said that his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, refused to be registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Governor Uzodinma said this while speaking when he received the APC registration and revalidation appeal committee in Owerri, the Imo capital, on Thursday, May 20.

Leakblast reporters gathered that the governor maintained that he has promoted an all-inclusive process in the state, irrespective of affiliations.

He stated:

“I’m not unaware that some people wanted to hijack the process. What I assure everybody is that nobody will be excluded. I recall getting a phone call from the governor of Niger state, telling me that the former governor, Okorocha, complained.

“We had issues before I became the governor. As a result, people had their sympathies here and there. But after I became governor, I don’t have a choice but to unite the membership of the party.”

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He noted that the committee he set up to supervise the registration said they were approaching two million, adding that he could not make the statement if the idea is to exclude people.

Uzodinma added:

“I think that some of our leaders in this party need help. Some people don’t know how to manage life after power. That is what we call post-power syndrome.”

He said he would continue to promote a level-playing ground for all members of the party who are interested in the growth of the state.

Meanwhile, Leakblast reporters had previously reported that Governor Uzodimma signed two executive bills on security and land matters into law, as passed by the Imo state House of Assembly.

It was reported that the first was a bill for a law to establish the Imo security organisation to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and related matters therein.

The governor said the bill was sent to the house of assembly to address the challenges of militancy, attacks on police formations, and politically influenced violence.

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