By ‘Tunde Babalola
There are indications that Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha is contemplating leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) haven done on him that his future political aspiration is bleak with the major opposition party.
FrontiersNews investigations revealed that Okorocha, the only South east governor who embraced the merger of the three opposition parties that culminated on the birth of APC mid 2013 when he led a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in defiance to the national leader of APGA because of his perceived desire to occupy a presidential or vice presidential seat may have been disappointed by the seeming disposition of the APC which sources said have concluded on the zones of the country that would produce the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Observers noted that from every permutation, the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the APC may emerge from the North and South south leaving Okorocha in the wilderness over his never hidden desire to occupy Aso Rock.
We gathered that other reasons why Okorocha is contemplating dumping APC is a bid to retain his seat in 2015 as Imo State governor since it is not certain he may get another viable platform to aspire for the presidency apart from the poor acceptance of the party in Imo State and the South-East region where APC is regarded as a Muslim dominated party with northern agenda.
Okorocha’s decision was also informed by the fact that all his colleagues in the region are solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election ambition.
Presently, the Igbo community considers him the ‘black sheep’, for feeling comfortable in the APC, a party that is likely to settle for a northerner.
According to them, it is better to support Jonathan, a southerner, than a northerner who may never include people of the region in the scheme of things.
Meanwhile, sources hinted FrontiersNews that Okorocha is yet to make up his mind of which party to return to, though he was said to be considering the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA); the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) or the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
It was however not clear as at press time if members of APGA and PDP would be keen in having the governor back because of the fear that he may use and dump them again.
His best option appears to be the PPA, whose founder and former Abia governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has financial strength and still controls a number of loyalists that can re-engineer party structures to garner support for Okorocha’s re-election as Imo State governor.