Mr Uche Nwosu, former Chief of Staff to Imo state governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has defected from ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to Action Alliance (AA) to pursue his political ambition to be the next state governor.
Nwosu disclosed this on Tuesday, at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, shortly after his arrival from Abuja. He reportedly said ”APC forced him out”.
“Injustice, impunity, and lack of respect for party’s constitution forced me out of All Progressives Congress,” Nwosu said.
The move by the incumbent governor to back his son-in-law to succeed him has torn the party apart in the state in recent months. It had also pitched Okorocha against the party’s national chairman, Mr Adams Oshimhole.
Nwosu lost the party’s governorship ticket to a Senator, Mr Hope Uzodinma.
Meanwhile, Nwosu said that the entire APC structure, ”except those supporting the senatorial ambition of Okorocha”, had defected to AA.
Mr Nwosu further said that his ambition to succeed Okorocha was driven by the massive support he enjoys by the over 70 per cent population of the state electorate.
Ironically, he also said he had no problems with President Muhammadu Buhari and will support his re-election bid.
“We are going to work with APC to deliver Imo State to President Muhammadu Buhari. We will deliver Okorocha as senator because Action Alliance has no senatorial candidate in Orlu zone.
“I have no problem with President Muhammadu Buhari. My headache is national chairman of APC. It is a divine project and we are ready for the election. It is an inter-party marriage between AA and APC in Imo State,” he said.