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could not help but laugh when I heard what Imo State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Owelle Rochas Okorocha reportedly did shortly after the APC presidential primary in Lagos.
You know that Okorocha wanted to be president and was in contention with four other aspirants and you also know how the whole thing went at Teslim Balogun Stadium so, that is not the issue here.
However, unknown to many people, before coming for the presidential primary, Governor Okorocha already had a plan B in place in case he lost the presidential ticket.
I don’t know whether to call what Governor Okorocha did ‘Iboman sense’ or poli-theatrics.
While the governor was still in Lagos for the primary, Okorocha reportedly picked the governorship ticket of the APC and emerged (in absentia) as the gubernatorial flag bearer of the party in next year’s election.
How did he achieve this ‘Nigerian wonder,’ you want to ask?
Through politricks! Here are the details:
As the Lagos event was on, another one, Imo APC governorship primary was also going on at Imo International Conference Center, Owerri, where Okorocha’s Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was adopted as the APC governorship candidate by delegates announced his withdrawal from the race apparently when it became obvious Owelle was not going to win the presidential primary.
Giving reasons for his withdrawal from the race, Nwosu said that the decision was based on personal and family reasons, (family reasons indeed!).
Then the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba said, “the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.” (Yes Mr. Alamba, Nigerian political parties can perform all manner of abracadabra so long they get what they want)
Now you know why I called the Imo State Governor a politrickcian, a man who knows how to play politricks or how else does one explain the stage drama in which Okorocha reportedly picked Imo APC governorship ticket after losing presidential primary Election.