A few hours after he lost the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Thursday night picked the governorship ticket.
The governor was nominated in absentia as he was in Lagos where the party’s national convention was held, which saw former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) emerge winner of the APC presidential primary election.
Okorocha’s son-in-law and Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Chief Uche Nwosu, who was said to have been adopted as the governorship candidate, announced his withdrawal from the race.
Speaking before the ratification of Okorocha’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said the party had the power to substitute any candidate, who withdrew from the race.
“A few days ago, we gathered here to elect Chief Nwosu as the APC governorship candidate, but I was in Lagos when I learnt that the candidate had resigned on personal grounds. We are gathered here today to ratify Governor Okorocha as the party’s governorship candidate”, Alamba said.
Nwosu said the “party’s interest supersedes personal ambition” and enjoined members to give same support and solidarity to Okorocha.[NAN]