President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Imo State residents to vote for any candidate of their choice across party or ethnic lines.
President Buhari said this when he addressed a large crowd of supporters at the APC presidential campaign rally on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital.
Making a veiled reference to the intra-party crisis which is currently rocking the ruling party in Imo State, the president told the state residents not be cajoled into voting for a particular person or supporting a particular faction.
According to him, the electorate should be free to make their own choices.
“I thank you very much and I want you to please maintain your balance, your senses. Don’t allow intra or inter-party (matters) to remove your sense of responsibility.
“Your vote is your vote, choose whoever you like across party and ethnicity and religion. I thank you very much,” President Buhari said.
The president’s view, however, contradicted that of Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, who had earlier urged the crowd to only support and vote for Senator Hope Uzodinma, the party’s governorship candidate.
Senator Uzodinma won the power tussle against Rochas Okorocha, the incumbent governor, whose preferred candidate and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, was dropped by the APC.
Oshiomhole also declared that the APC is not in alliance with any party in the state, and boasted that the party would win the state without the support of Action Alliance, the party which Nwosu decamped to run as its governorship flagbearer.
“Let me make it clear that the APC is not in alliance with any party. We have the power to deliver the President.
“You should vote for Uzodinma as our governorship candidate. Don’t be deceived by anybody. The APC will win in Imo State,” he said.