President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the people of Imo state to vote candidates of their choice in the forthcoming election irrespective of political or religious inclination.
Buhari said this on Tuesday during the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign rally held in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Many have seen this as an indirect endorsement of the Uche Nwosu, the preferred candidate of Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha who left the APC after the party’s primaries.
Although Buhari raised the hand of Senator Hope Uzodinma, who is the party’s flag-bearer in the coming election, Buhari asked the voters to vote for any candidate of their choice
He said what should be uppermost in their consideration is continued unity, cohesion and corporate existence of the nation.
The rally, was attended by many chieftains of the party, including the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; the ministers of Labour/Productivity and Transport, Chris Ngige and Rotimi Amaechi respectively.
Others are the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Governor Rochas Okorocha and the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Senator Hope Uzodimma, among others.
The President, who reaffirmed his resolution to fight corruption in the country, said that apart from achieving food security and improving the economy, he had also tackled insurgency in the country.
He assured his listeners that he would continue to be receptive to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, despite the economic recession.
In his speech, Oshiomhole dismissed insinuations of conspiracy against the Southeast by the Federal Government, contending that the President had been fair to all sections of the country in political appointments and in the provision of infrastructure.
The rally was not without its drama as there were constant signs of friction within the party evident on the day.
Governor Okorocha, while commending President Buhari for his administrative prowess, also took a swipe at Oshiomhole, saying that the party primary was rigged with the use of the DSS, Police, Army etc.
He regretted that people who never helped to place the party on a sound footing in the state now seat as owners of the party.
Oshiomhole, in response to Okorocha, said that there was no alliance between APC and any other political party in the state.