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A former governor of Imo State who doubles as the sitting lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has denied reports that he had joined the Peoples Democratic Party, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Okorocha offered the clarification in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Sam Onwuemeodo on Thursday.
Okorocha noted that those behind the rumoured defection merely went to town with a ‘false story’ relying on a photograph of him and some PDP chieftains taken at a public ceremony in Imo State recently.
The statement read in part, ‘Our attention has been drawn to a story claiming that Okorocha has joined the PDP. To add flesh to the false story, those behind it also attached some photographs of Okorocha and a chieftain of the PDP, Emeka lhedioha and others.
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‘Those behind this false story deliberately failed or refused to mention the venue and title of the event, where the photographs were taken. They could not also quote a portion of Okorocha’s speech that he must have made at the so-called event. They concealed or withheld those vital aspects of the event or story, because they would not serve their aim or goal.
‘We are at ease to say that Okorocha has not joined the PDP. He is still a member of the APC. A burial ceremony could not have become political declaration rally.’
The Eastern Updates reports the former Governor has been on a political sabbatical ever since he lost the June primaries to Bola Tinubu.
There have been insinuations that he might not be working for the success of the party in next month’s poll.