Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo state, has denied having anything to do with the presidential campaign posters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which were seen in Abuja.
Instead of bearing the faces of President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo had Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno and Okorocha on them.
Okorocha Shettima on APC posters
In a swift reaction, the Imo state governor issued a statement through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Vanguard reports.
According to Okorocha, the posters are another mischief by some elements cowed by his monumental achievements in Imo.
He said those behind this act first invaded the social media with the fake posters, but then decided to paste them in Abuja.
“On the part of the Imo state governor, it is very difficult to capture what the folks behind this pettiness want to achieve or what must have prompted them, in the first place.
“Since 2015 elections when he cowed his detractors, they have never left any stone unturned to ensure that they put knife in the enviable relationship existing between the president and Governor Okorocha. Their latest unfortunate outing is the posters in question.
“Interestingly, Governor Okorocha has for sometime now been reported to have told those willing to hear that he won’t run for the 2019 presidential election because of President Buhari. And by repeatedly saying that, he succeeded in disarming the little minds who had used that issue to blackmail him.
“And now, they have begun to publish about Okorocha being the vice-presidential candidate to Governor Shettima. And for the sake of exposing these petty minded fellows, one can ask whether Rochas and Shettima would start campaign in 2016 for 2019 election?” the statement read.
Earlier this month, Okorocha stated that the ruling APC did not manage its victory well after dethroning the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 general election.
He also mocked the opposition party saying he has not seen any reliable person in the PDP to work with.