A renewed war of words sparked off between Okorocha and Uzodimma after the caucus meeting. The rift got messier with the former governor accusing Uzodimma of running an APC government in name, but Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in “faction, structure and action.”
Okorocha, who replied Uzodimma recently, through his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, maintained that Uzodimma was being economical with the truth on the allegation against him that he (Okorocha) gave some options to the Imo governor that could only be the panacea and conditions for the duo to settle their political differences.
But in his reaction, Uzodimma’s Senior Special Assistant (Print Media), Modestus Nwankpa, dismissed Okorocha’s allegation, accusing the former governor of not being a good party man. The governor insisted that for the eight years Okorocha held sway in the state, he used his “puppets and domestic members of staff” to run the party, stressing that he was unable to convene a caucus meeting of APC within the period, as Uzodimma has already done twice.
Okorocha’s statement read in part: “The Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, was reported to have made the following claims against Senator Rochas Okorocha,
“That Okorocha asked him to dissolve the probe panels set up against him by Chief Emeka Ihedioha. That Okorocha asked him to retain Mr. Daniel Nwafor as the state chairman of APC because of his 2023 presidential ambition. That Okorocha asked him to recall the sacked elected local government chairmen.
“The governor was said to have made these claims at a meeting of APC stakeholders at the Government House, where another vote of confidence was passed on him one week after those who branded themselves stakeholders had also passed a vote of confidence on him in Abuja.”
The statement continued: “Senator Rochas Okorocha has no problem with Gov. Hope Uzodinma. The governor is the one creating problems for himself and also inventing problems where they do not exist. His latest media attack on Okorocha is one example of such ugly developments.
“The government in Imo, as we speak or as we write, is APC in name, but totally PDP faction in structure and inactions. The governor has not done anything to show that he is of APC and that his government is that of APC. The government is Camp Hope Government made up of those who were with him in his own faction of PDP.
“Okorocha also asked the eight APC core members in the state, who Adams Oshiomahole forced to move to Action Alliance (AA) for the House of Assembly election, who also won, to go back to APC, which they did. Senator Ifeanyi Araraume asked the six members on the ticket of APGA to also move to APC. They did, which made APC to have majority members in the state House of Assembly with a few other PDP members, who moved to APC.
But what has the governor done in appreciation of all these gestures?
“Those who used him to fight Okorocha and put a deep cut in APC in Imo have not relented for reasons Imo people and Nigerians in general knows. Those people are not from Imo. They think they have annexed the state through the governor. But time will tell.”
The statement concluded by insisting: “Finally, it is too early in the life of the government in Imo for the governor to be fighting or having issues with almost every sector in the state. And why is he bringing the issue of Okorocha at this time? The governor should search his conscience and see whether he has left any stone or stones unturned.”
Madumere emerged, essentially to see that Uche Nwosu was not nominated as the governorship standard-bearer in the state. The then deputy governor was later impeached, but he reclaimed his office through the court. Madumere and his loyalists have joined Uzodimma to give him support.
The two factions, led by Nlemigbo and Nwafor are still in courts laying claims the authentic chairmanship. While one is holding on to the ruling of the court, the other holds on to that of the party’s National Working Committee.
What is certain is that Governor Uzodimma is utilising his power of incumbency to attract former loyalists and appointees under Okorocha to his camp.