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Imo 2019: Okorocha’s desperation calls for desperate tactics

Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha’s plans to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the next governor appear to be have been derailed by interests allied against the governor at the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress on 5 May.

The majority of the ward officials elected are aligned against Okorocha and he has since tried to have the results overturned by an uninterested President Muhammadu Buhari.  The party’s appeal committee has also rejected Okorocha’s petition.  His next move was to “hire” protesters from state capital Owerri at rates of 30,000 naira ($83) each and paid for their flights to Abuja to demonstrate at the APC national headquarters, all to no avail.

Okorocha’s rent-a-mob protesting at APC HQ in Abuja

However, Okorocha appears to have Plans B to Z up his sleeve.  A source close to Senator Samuel “Sam-Daddy” Anyanwu, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Imo East, informed that Okorocha has made representations to the senator about returning to the PDP.  The Okorocha plan is for his son-in-law to become the PDP running mate in Anyanwu’s bid for the governorship.  It was not quite clear what Anyanwu thought of teaming up with Okorocha and Nwosu.

But the governor is not putting all his eggs in the PDP basket.  He has reached out to another of his former parties – the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), offering them 3bn naira ($8.3m) to let him back in and hand over the governorship ticket to son-in-law Nwosu.  This offer doesn’t seem to have gone down well with APGA bigwigs still smarting from Okorocha’s insults when he left the party for the APC in 2013.  He said then that APGA was a “cultural organisation”.

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