Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has refuted report claiming he has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okoorcha, who is at present the senator representing Imo West District at the National Assembly submitted that he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement issued on Thursday and signed by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, the senator insisted that he could not have declared for the PDP or any other party at a funeral ceremony.
Okorocha had on Friday, December 30, 2022, attended the funeral ceremony of Lolo Caroline Uju, mother of the member representing Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Constituency in the House of Representatives, Kingsley Uju at Egbema.
Shortly after the funeral ceremony, some people went to town with the report and picture of Okorocha and erstwhile governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha suggesting that the former had dumped the APC.
The former governor explained that Kingsley Uju was a front row appointee in his eight-year administration in Imo State, adding that Uju defected to the PDP when he discovered that his second term bid could not be achieved on the platform of the APC.
According to him, he could not have boycotted the funeral ceremony of Uju’s mother because Uju is now a member of the PDP when he had served him with dedication and commitment.
Okorocha said; “That would have been most uncharitable and unimaginable, especially when lgbos do not play politics with death and burial, even when the reverse seems to be the case these days”
The senator noted that other PDP members including Ihedioha also attended the burial ceremony which he said provided a convivial atmosphere for people to mix up freely not minding their different political affiliations.
Okorocha maintained that he is still a member of the APC, stressing that he would observe all protocols should he decide to quit the party any day.
He therefore appealed to the public to disregard the false story.