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Can Rochas Okorocha cage Hope Uzodinma in APC?

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Hope Uzodinma and former governor Rochas Okorocha

With the recent removal of former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who is believed to be Gov Hope Uzodinma’s political backbone in the party, the big question many are asking now, is whether former governor Rochas Okorocha would be able to control the governor within the party, now that it seems his state executive led by Daniel Nwafor, may be the recognized faction by the party’s national leadership.

An Imo blogger and political commenter, Mr IfeanyiCy Njoku had posed the question today on his Facebook page. However, Njoku was of the view that since Okorocha could not cage Hope Uzodinma when He, Okorocha was Govenror of the state, he could not cage him now that he was out of office.

That reaction however didn’t take into cognisance the situation then, where the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, was bent on clipping Okorocha’s nepotistic wings.

With the change of baton, Gov Hope Uzodinma might find it a lot more difficult getting his way around the party, and with elements who aren’t very friendly to Oshiomhole now in control, Okorocha may have an upper hand in deciding what happens in the party in the state, than Gov Hope Uzodinma.

The first litmus test to this, would be the Okigwe zone Senate primaries expected to come soon. Some politicians in the zone, had been dropping the governor’s name as their ticket to winning the primaries. For them, it’s not about the people deciding, rather they believe Gov Hope Uzodinma, would hand the ticket over to them. Others like Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who it is generally believed, that Gov Hope Uzodinma would work against, had been quiet about his ambition for so long when Adams Oshiomhole was in power. With Adams Oshiomhole backing Hope Uzodinma, Araraume knew he would not get a free and fair primaries.

However, with the dislodge of Oshiomhole as the party’s National Chairman, Araraume has commenced consultations across the zone, giving indications that he may finally run for the Senate position many have been calling him to contest.

Araraume is a very smart politician, and his decision to contest would definitely be borne from the fact that he has seen Hope Uzodinma’s hand, loosen on who gets the ticket.

If the Rochas Okorocha backed Daniel Nwafor faction, is allowed to conduct the primaries, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume may as well be on his way back to the Senate. That move, would also be advantageous to former governor Rochas Okorocha, in his political battle with Hope Uzodinma.

With Araraume by his corner, the duo would have the clout to frustrate Gov Hope Uzodinma, in a party where his only foot stool was an unpopular Adams Oshiomhole.

There are even chances that Hope Uzodinma, may be frustrated out of the party by the duo of Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. Some other powerful elements in the state circling against the Govenror such as sacked governor Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha and even Dr Sandra C Duru, who is presently leaving deep dents on Hope Uzodinma’s image on the international playing field, might work against Hope Uzodinma’s emergence in 2024.

Political pundits, are of the view that Gov Hope Uzodinma, may have picked too many political battles for his own good. Some are of the view that making an enemy of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, was a very wrong move by the Govenror. Araraume have been known to frustrate the efforts of a sitting Govenror to get re-elected, as well as been fingered in almost every political transitions in the state. He isn’t somebody to be taken lightly.

Dr Sandra Duru

Creating an enemy in Sandra Duru, no matter how little the Hope Uzodinma administration might think of her bite, has also been deemed by many as another early wrong move by the Hope Uzodinma administration.

The Hope Uzodinma administration However, seems bent on probing the administration of his predecessor, and revelations from the probe panel so far, is painting a very poor picture of Rochas Okorocha and if he cannot cage Uzodinma using the party instrument, some very unpleasant outcomes might be in store for Okorocha.

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