- Governor Okorocha of Imo state inaugurated Buhari campaign council in Imo state
- The governor, represented by his chief of staff, charged the council members to work for President Buhari’s re-election
- He also charged them to ensure that the APC win all the elective seats in the state
Governor Rochas Okorocha has inaugurated the Imo state chapter of President Muhammadu Buhari re-election campaign council in the southeast geopolitical zone.
Okorocha, who was represented by his chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, at the inauguration ceremony held in Owerri on Sunday, August 12, boasted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win all the elective seats in the state in 2019, The Punch reports.
He said that the campaign council which would be chaired by a former commissioner, Charles Amadi, with Chidi Ibe as the director general.
The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, who is the vice chairman (Okigwe zone), will coordinate the campaigns of the party in the state after the party primaries in September.
Nwosu, a governorship aspirant, said: “I, therefore, declare you inaugurated and task you to go to the grassroots to market the ideals of our party.
“This campaign council will coordinate all our campaigns after the primary elections in September.
“The task of ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected is number one. We will ensure that this campaign council produces the next three senators of the state, 10 House of Representatives members and 27 House of Assembly members.
“This campaign council will also produce me as the next governor of Imo state.”
Nwosu also inaugurated the coordinators of the campaign council in the 27 local government areas of the state and charged them to raise 21 persons per polling booth in all the LGAs of the state.
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Meanwhile, a report by THISDAY indicated that associates of President Buhari were worried that the escalating crisis in southeast APC might affect the president's chances in the region in the 2019 presidential election.
According to the report, the group, in a strategic paper recently prepared for the president, said unless some ‘’critical and influential’’ aggrieved members of the party in the zone were reconciled with the party, it would be ‘’extremely, if not impossible,’’ for APC to make any meaningful in-road to the zone in the coming general election.
The group made reference to Governor Okorocha-led group, with its own factions across the zone, especially in Imo state, accusing them of side-lining a group being led by Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume, Okorocha's deputy and Senator Osita Izuanso.
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