The Imo State Governor, Rochas Owelle Okorocha has reportedly been dropped as the Southeast campaign coordinator of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 reelection, CURRENT NEWS NOW has learned reliably.
According to The Point, there are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari has sidelined Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who is widely seen as the coordinator of the President’s re-election campaigns in the five Southeastern states.
Buhari, according to reliable sources in the Presidency, is particularly worried by the dwindling fortunes of the All Progressives Congress in the South East geo-political zone, as the country prepares for the 2019 elections.
It wase learned according to The Point that,President Buhari, last Friday, invited the only APC lawmaker from the South East in the Senate, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, to a crucial meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The senator, an impeccable source hinted, “is to be saddled with the responsibility of reaching out to major stakeholders in the South East, with a view to mobilising support for the re-election of President Buhari.”
The source, who craved anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, revealed that the Presidency opted to sideline Okorocha as he was now being seen as a political liability, following various unsavoury conducts that had given the governor a negative fame.
He said, “The President is worried over the negative results he is getting in putting Okorocha forward in his efforts to woo stakeholders in the East to his side, as the governor has come with a lot of baggage that will not make whatever he is canvassing for fly. Look at the statue erection controversy in which the governor even breached diplomatic protocol by bringing in the South African President without carrying the Presidency along. Then consider also his various utterances on sensitive issues that have drawn flaks even from the Igbo people we are trying to court.
“Okorocha is a loyal Buharist, a committed party member but, regrettably, he does not have what it takes to be in the forefront of the President’s conciliatory moves in the various South East states.”