With the ongoing battle for supremacy and dominance going on in the Imo APC, between the former Govenror Senator Rochas Okorocha and Senator Hope Uzodinma, political watchers in the state see Okorocha losing out totally in the scheme of things within the party.
The Philip Umeadi suit against Uzodinma, challenging his continued stay, as Govenror of Imo State, if it successfully removes Uzodinma, may be the only breather Okorocha would get within the party, and his only chance of possibly returning to the Senate, if he loses his presidential bid in 2023.
Recall that Okorocha contested the APC Presidential primaries in 2015, giving his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the Govenroship ticket of the party to hold for him. When he failed at the presidential primaries, he returned to take the Governorship ticket from Uche Nwosu.
However, with Hope Uzodinma in control of the party, Okorocha may not have that option of securing the Senate ticket by proxy, while he tries for the presidency.
There is serious doubt, if he would even be able to secure the Senate ticket at all, with Uzodinma in charge of the party by 2023.
Okorocha’s political survival seems to lie between Umeadi and PDP at the moment.
Should Umeadi unseat Uzodinma, Okorocha would be able to displace Uzodinma in the party, as he would take over leadership of the party.
On the other hand, if Uzodinma continues to 2023, Okorocha may have no other option that to cross carpet to PDP, which is the only other powerful party, he can hope to return to the Senate with.
Already, some notable names, that have close ties to Uzodinma, such as the former APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, amongst others, have been tipped to take the APC ticket from Okorocha in 2023.
With the uncertainty surrounding the Umeadi case, Okorocha’s visit to Wike recently, as well as his recent verbal swipe at the APC, seems to hint that the PDP might be a very near and present option.
If Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who is also an ally of Okorocha, and who is presently locked in serious political battle with Uzodinma over the Okigwe Senate seat, fails to win the seat, there are also chances that he might leave the APC and join the PDP, if Okorocha decides to leave APC.
Should Umeadi sack Uzodinma, Araraume can have a better chance of getting the Okigwe Senate seat, but with the situation things are in, Araraume may prefer the PDP candidate Okewulonu to go to the Senate, than allow Uzodinma’s candidate Frank Ibezim to defeat him. A loss to Ibezim would leave a serious dent in Araraume’s political armour and influence.
However, their return to the PDP, may come with it’s gains, as well as the controversies.
Okorocha’s eye would probably be set on the Orlu ticket, which would not be a problem giving it to him, but Araraume’s eye may yet again be set on the Govenroship ticket, and that is where the problem may start for PDP, if these two political heavyweights make that move.
However, a harmonized force of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, Senators Rochas Okorocha and Araraume in 2023, wouldn’t be an easy ride for Hope Uzodinma.
The question many ask is, can these three men come together in a roundtable agreement?