In what seemed like a last minute effort to not only beat the INEC deadline of submission of candidates but also to retain his job come 2015 few hours after crashing to a distant 4th position in the APC presidential primaries, the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha in the late hours of Thursday picked the governorship ticket of the in absentia.
At the event which did not come as a surprise to majority of the party members, the Governor’s son-in-law and Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegate, announced his withdrawal from the race.
Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee John Alamba, said that the party has the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.
Mr. Nwosu in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.
He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.
Governor Okorocha contested in the APC presidential primary held on Wednesday and failed.