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Sunday, 28 February 2016

SHOCKING: Top Imo PDP Chief In Talks With Northern APC Governor


Over Fresh Plans To Realize 2019 Imo Guber Bid 

A top chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Imo State has entered into talks with a State governor of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the North over 2019 Imo governorship race.

The PDP chief from Imo State has his sights on the 2019  governorship contest of the State.

He is wooing a top APC governor in the North who has strong ties with President Muhammadu Buhari to be "favourably considered as the best alternative” to Governor Rochas Okorocha who will want to install his successor as Imo State governor in 2019.

 A source who revealed this information to INNONEWS.COM at the weekend said the discussion between the PDP chieftain from Imo State and the APC Northern governor has reached an advanced stage.

However, one of the conditions said to have been given to the Imo PDP chief to realize his ambition is that he has to cross over to the ruling party before “other issues could be tabled for discussions”.

This condition issued to the Imo PDP henchman has made him return to the trenches where he is pondering over the issue with few of his close political associates.

A source in the politician’s camp who resides in high brow area of Abuja, told this online newspaper, that in a matter of weeks, the top Imo PDP chief will unveil his position possibly after the PDP congresses where fresh executives for the ward and local governments chapters of the party will be elected.

“The need to wait for the congress is to see how he will take control of the party structure especially at the local government and State levels. That will greatly determine if he will stay put in the PDP. If that fails,  he may consider other options including a move to the ruling party if his demands are well accommodated  by the top leaders of the APC” the source said.

 The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said "At the moment, the PDP chief from Imo State is very much involved in the scramble for the PDP structure in the State as he is jostling for it with other several political heavyweights in the party  who are also eying the Imo governorship contest with him.

Last week, this online newspaper reported that a serving senator in the PDP in Imo State is rounding up a possible “swap deal” with a serving APC governor in the region.

The deal, according to our sources, entails the senator decamping to the APC; pick the party’s governorship ticket and contest, while the governor will take the senator’s senatorial seat.Both the South East APC governor and PDP senator are from the same senatorial zone.   

 It will be recalled that some key PDP politicians  had decamped from the party during the twilight of the 2015 Imo governorship supplementary election. 

A serial governorship aspirant, Humphrey Anumudu declared support for the APC and Governor Rochas Okorocha barely few days he lost the PDP governorship primaries to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.

Others who decamped from the PDP in Imo State to the APC include a business cum politician, Chief Jerry Chukwueke

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