The peddled alliance between the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Action Alliance (AA) to support the re-election bid of president Muhammadu Buhari may only be existing in Governor Rochas Okorocha’s imagination after AA said on Saturday that it has nothing to do with Buhari’s re-election.
The party made the clarification in a statement in Owerri by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Chukwuemeka Okoli, saying that AA is a member of the coalition Coalition of United political Parties (CUPP), which has since adopted Mr. Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate.
AA had reacted to the “mischievous” involvement of the party in an APC women and youths rally at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Saturday in support of Mr. Buhari’s presidential campaign.
Mr. Okrocha had during the rally said that, despite his son-in-law Uche Nwosu being the AA Imo governorship candidate, he and Allainz party are working to ensure that Buhari wins the presidential election due to his “love for Buhari.”
The alliance between AA and APC is a perfect one, Okorocha had claimed. “We are working to deliver President Buhari and Uche Nwosu in the state.”
But the AA denied the existence of such an alliance.
“T-shirts were branded in the guise of AA being part of the rally,” the party said in the statement.
“Such development is a calculated attempt to mislead the electorate in a bid to use the platform of AA to gain undue advantage.
“AA is well focused in ensuring that Atiku Abubakar takes over the leadership of the country, which is in dire need of revival,” it added.
It warned those using AA platform to decieve the public to desist forthwith, while urging members of the party and the general public to disregard such deceptive move.
Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, who represented Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, also disagreed with Mr. Okorocha, telling the crowd at the rally not to vote for Mr. Nwosu, rather for the APC governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma, Buhari and other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections
Meanwhile, the rally was eventually marred by violence as Uzodinma supporters and those of Uche Nwosu engaged in a fight.
Supporters of Nwosu were chanting victory songs and raising his posters in the air when the clash began. Security operatives, however, intervened, shooting sporadically in the air while warding off the VIP stand where Wife of the Vice President was seated alongside other dignitaries.
At least three persons were reportedly injured as the crowd dispersed following the gunshots.