With Imo gone to PDP, how will APC fare in the south-east?
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With Imo gone to PDP, how will APC fare in the south-east?

Mojeed Oladipupo

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It is no longer news that former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ikedioha has emerged winner of the Imo state governorship election.

From the figures released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that made Ikedioha winner, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 273,404 vote, while his closest rival Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the incumbent governor, who left the All Progressives Congress (APC) to join Action Alliance (AA) got  190,364 votes; followed by Senator Uzodinma of the APC who got 96,458 votes.

Taking a cursory look at the results, adding the figures gotten by Nwosu and Uzodinma together, it would have amounted to  286,822 votes for the ruling party if the duo had not gone their separate ways due to their individual  ambitions.

The national leadership of the party would have done better and reconciled the aggrieved members after the party’s states congress which wasn’t a favourable outing. This would have help in maintaining the party structure in the state being the only APC-controlled state in the south-east region.

Moreover, Okorocha whose name was omitted by the  INEC from the list of the elected senators, probably due to the fact that the Imo West senatorial district election was announced under duress is another headache for the governor, with this result, APC would have defeated PDP with a paltry 13,418 votes and there could have been a supplementary election.

Moreover, the party might have even garnered more votes if its house was actually in order.

It is high time the ruling party learn from this as all candidates contesting for election have the motives of serving the people.



To ensure an itch-free process, the party would have allowed transparency to be the order of the day in order to enjoy its relevance in the state.

At the end of each electoral process, there is bound to be grievances. All these have to be addressed by the party in order to have a favourable outing at the major polls.

But with this result, the popularity of the party may be dwindling in the state and south-east.

However, with the emergence of a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu as senator-elect, the party might regenerate its control in the south-east with the huge followers Uzor-Kalu enjoys.

But time is yet to tell on the fate of Okorocha and the party in the state as event continue to0 unfold in the political circle.

Mojeed is a thoroughbred and detailed photojournalist and media analyst. He is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Emeka Greatman

    March 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

    It is Oshiemole’s grandstanding that caused this. He should have understood how hard it is to market APC and PMB in the south east.He should have either respected Okorocha who against all odds nurtured and grew APC in Imo or at worst arrange a kind of softlanding for him instead of his ALUTA approach.His candidate,Uzodimma,an late comer to APC and opportunist came a distant 4th.(APGA came 3rd.Let him point the way forward for APC now he has destroyed Okorocha’s several years work.
    On the other hand Okorocha should have chosen a successor from Owerri zone for justice sake.That would have made it impossible for Ihedioha.It is the division in APC that gave Ihedioha the victory.

    • Samuel Adeniyi

      March 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      APC does not need the South East to survive.

  2. chibuzor

    March 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Orji Uzor Kalu no longer has large followers in south east. There are places he will go in south east and they will stone him to death.He has become a saboteur. He won’t even go to the Senate. What he has for now is a stolen mandate.

  3. Bayo Bamiduro

    March 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    The avarice and nepotistic tendency of the Owelle is sentenving him into a state of political irrelevance and effectively sounded the death knell of APC in the South East and, in effect, pushed the Igbo further away from the presidency of Nigeria in spite of them being the greatest contributors to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. The Igbo have continued to put all their eggs in one basket, I doubt if this is the wisest position to take. Even the South South has substantial presence of the APC in their states. The truth is APC is dead in the SE. The APGA should reestablish itself a force to reckon with. The mainstream Igbo is an APC hater, a Bugariphobist. It is hardly the best thing that should happen to the region. They could continue to live outside power for the next four yeras. They should pray Atiku wins at the court.

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