Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has disagreed with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State after the governor boasted that his son in-law, Uche Nwosu will win the governorship election in the state and not the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu and Hope Uzodinma
Political tension was heightened Saturday, after the first lady and leaders of the party, and women who came from the five states of the South-East were angered by the Governor’s comment forcing them to leave the stadium, Vanguard reports.
Aisha spoke at the South East Women and youths rally which held at Owerri. The mammoth crowd was watching keenly the show of force between the governor’s men and supporters of Senator Hope Uzodinma who flooded the stadium.
The Master of Ceremony hired by the state government refused to acknowledge the presence of Senator Uzodinma and Senator Ben Uwajumogu.
But pressure from party leaders who came from Abuja and and APC supporters in the state forced the MC to recognize their presence even though he sang the name of Uche Nwosu who the APC supporters protested his presence at the stadium, through out the programme.
There were gunshots from security operatives when the wife of the Imo State governor was addressing the crowd. There were clashes between the supporters of Uche Nwosu and those of Senator Uzodinma.
Two women sustained gunshot injury and were rushed to the hospital. Security agents had to check the looming fight between the two camps so as to save the situation.
Okorocha’s wife also refused to recognize Senator Hope to the chagrin of APC supporters. The angry crowd booed the first lady of the State.
However, the National Woman Leader of the APC, Hajia Salamatu Bewa Eluma, urged the crowd to vote President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Hope Uzodinma and all APC candidates in the South-East.
Other speakers concurred and called for votes for APC candidates which did not go down well with Governor Okorocha, who is supporting his in-law, Uche Nwosu, the candidate of the AA.
Okorocha, who looked visibly angry, lampooned the APC, asserting that, ”the APC has not been fair to us, we are only being calm because of President Muhammdu Buhari who already has won in Imo State.
“We are going to support Buhari but let me tell you people, after we were cheated by the APC, in order to deliver the President, we formed an alliance with other political parties and leading among them is AA led by Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
“Do not be deceived, Uche Nwosu of AA will win the governorship election in Imo State because he is on ground. “We have no other candidate, we will not support those with stolen mandate.”
But the President’s wife, who was represented by Wife of the Vice President Mrs Osinbajo, disagreed and urged the crowd to vote all the APC candidates both in the state and the South-East.
“I am happy with the crowd we saw today it shows that Imo is APC and I want to urge all our youths not to fight, avoid any form of crisis because President Buhari is a peaceful man. From what we have seen today President Buhari has won the South East the same way all our APC candidates have won.”
She further urged APC faithful to remain steadfast, asserting that ”a vote for Buhari is a vote for progress. APC has done well and we must all support all APC candidates.”