How Far Can Okorocha Go With His New Moves?
Nigeria News takes a look at the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s latest move in his political career.
I think by now, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha will
His visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday showed that the governor had been rattled. His situation may be more devastating after he quits as the Imo State Governor on May 29.
The Imo State Governor-elect, Chukwuemeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will have a lot of work to do in revamping the State from the way Okorocha had ruled in the last eight years.
The governor actually wanted his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu to succeed him but failed in his bid to do so. He registered Nwosu in Action Alliance, bankrolled the election against his own All Progressives Congress (APC).
The only political life that Okorocha has now
His problem became complicated when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refused to recognize him as the winner of the Imo West senatorial election. It was gathered that the INEC Return Officer announced Okorocha as the winner under duress.
The INEC has refused to issue the certificate of return to the governor. Okorocha has made various moves, including appealing to INEC but the status quo remains.
Perhaps that was what took him to the Presidential Villa on Monday. And from his interaction with state House Correspondent after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, it was not clear that the governor could be a member of the ninth assembly now.
This is what would have put his political career on track but INEC is yet to decide. Okorocha was suspended by the APC shortly after the governorship election alongside his Ogun State counterpart, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State over anti-party activities.
At present, he is one of the biggest losers of the last election and if care is not taken, his current situation may end his political years.
He found a new tone on Monday, calling on the APC to change its formula on who becomes the Senate President. To Okorocha, the southeast is supposed to be considered for either the Senate presidency or deputy Senate presidency without, which democracy suffers.
He said that the country belonged to ethnic nationalities but with the way things are being handled now, the southeast has been alienated. This spells doom for APC in 2023 because the party will not be strong anymore, Okorocha posited.
I want to believe that the governor has settled for
He was speaking the minds of the APC in Igbo land, including the former Governor of Abia State and a senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu. The former governor says he will not listen to APC as he struggles to become a deputy Senate President.