Senator Hope Uzodinma, representing Orlu (Imo West) constituency, on 26 April left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uzodinma, as Naijiant.com has previously reported, had set his eyes on being the PDP candidate for governor in Imo State in 2019, but seems to have abandoned that hope. A source has told Naijiant.com that Uzodinma has done a deal with incumbent governor Rochas Okorocha of the APC. But sources close to the governor have denied this claim.
Okorocha is determined that his son-in-law Uche Nwosu succeeds him as governor and the governor was also intent on taking over the Orlu senate seat held by Uzodinma. The Okorocha deal with Uzodinma means that the senator would throw his considerable weight behind Nwosu’s bid for governor, while Okorocha shelves his own senatorial ambition so that Uzodinma keeps his senate seat as the APC candidate.
Will Okorocha keep his end of the bargain? Our source said Okorocha is not a man you can expect to keep his word. Uzodinma could still be betrayed, with Okorocha taking his Senate seat (there are claims the governor has his eyes on the Senate presidency).