by Rachel Ogbu
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has official defected to the All Progressives Congress.
He made the move yesterday at a rally in Owerri encouraging the people of the state to join him.
Okorocha who was also celebrating his two years in office said joining APC was to guarantee that his people continued to benefit from the dividends of democracy.
Okorocha had said that APC had the potential to push the state nearer to the “federal eye”.
According to reports, he explained that All Progressives Grand Alliance had engaged in the merger and not in alliance with any party, noting that a two-party system was good for the country’s democracy.
The Punch reports:
The governor said the state had witnessed more development in two years than in the past 12 years.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that moves by the governor to merge APGA with the APC has generated heated debate among APGA stakeholders.
Seven governors were present at the rally to show solidarity with the governor.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State commended Okorocha for his bold move, describing APC as the solution to the notion’s numerous challenges.
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State described Okorocha as a true democrat, who would not relent in delivering the dividends of democracy to his people.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State observed that Okorocha had brought some noticeable changes to the state, saying he would through the APC bring more transformation.