Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has debunked reports that he has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr. Okorocha, who now represents Imo West in the Senate, made the rebuttal in a statement by his spokesman Sam Onwuemeodo on Thursday.
He explained that he only attended the burial of the mother of Kingsley Uju-Chima, a PDP lawmaker representing Ohaji-Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on Friday, on December 30, 2022.
The former governor described those behind his defection story as mischief makers.
The statement by Mr Onwuemeodo read: “Our attention had been drawn to a story, claiming that the former governor of lmo State has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We appeal that the general public disregard the story of Okorocha joining the PDP. it is not true. The photographs attached to the false story are not evil since politics is not war. Nor a do-or-die venture.
“Our only concern was the virus some mischief makers tried to inject into the innocent photographs, taken at Uju’s mother’s burial, without malice or those involved being conscious of which political parties all those at the burial in question, belong.
“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.”