Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, wept openly on Friday during a rally in Awka where the All Progressives Congress presented Senator Chris Ngige as the consensus candidate of the party for the November 16 2013 governorship election in Anambra State.
Okorocha, who could not hold back tears, said he was crying over the death of the late Igbo leader, Chief Emeka Ojukwu, whose loss had left the Igbo without a direction.
“Oh, I wish our leader, the Ikemba Ndigbo, were still alive to see the formation of APC. He should have asked Ndigbo to embrace it in their interest,” Okorocha said.
He used the occasion to explain that APC is not a sectional party and called on the people of the state to come out en masse to vote for Ngige in the state’s governorship election.
In his speech, Ngige called on APC to be united in the state to achieve victory in the election.
He pledged free education for the people of the state in line with his party’s ideology, just as he promised a better welfare scheme in the state if voted into power.
But at another rally in Awka, a prominent financier of APC and governorship aspirant of APC, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, dismissed the purported adoption of Ngige as the candidate of the party.
He said there was nowhere where a meeting was held and Ngige was adopted by APC members in Anambra State.
He said the primaries of the party guaranteed by its constitution to pick its governorship candidate will still hold on September 1 and 2, 2013.
He describe the attempt to impose a candidate on the party as a negation of the spirit of democracy, and said whoever emergeds at the primaries would get his support and that of the party.
The rally was attended by prominent members of the former Ngige campaign group including Chief Ejim Igbokwe, the Agbalanze of Umuchu.
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