The Action Alliance (AA), a party formed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has adopted Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as its presidential candidate in the February 16 election. Interestingly, the party is fielding Uche Nwosu, the governor’s son-in-law as its candidate for Imo governorship.
Backstory: Okorocha formed the AA in 2005 as a vehicle to run for president in the 2007 elections. With his failure to get the APC governorship ticket for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, AA became the fall back option. However the AA is a part of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which has endorsed Atiku, and it says it is not going back.
“We are for Atiku/Obi leadership… The National Executive Committee (NEC) of our party is on the same page concerning our support for Atiku, same with all our state chapters in this matter,” said Kenneth Udeze, the AA national chairman.
Okorocha for Buhari: Even though he is backing his son-in-law, the Imo governor says he still supports Buhari for president. At the APC’s South East women and youth rally in Owerri, the state capital, Okorocha said Buhari’s victory is “signed and sealed.” Then he added this about the governor’s IP race, “In Imo State, Nwosu will win Imo State. It is not anti-party. We refused imposition.”
The AA position on Nwosu: The party says Nwosu remains its governorship candidate, adding that Nwosu was the one running for the election under the party, not Okorocha. “We shall do our best to deliver him, as he still remains the candidate to beat among all the gubernatorial candidates,” Nweze said.