Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Following the suspension order handed to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the State Working Committee(SWC) of the party led by Daniel Nwafor has called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, whose suspension order they have described as mere distraction .
The SWC which queried the rationale behind the suspension has also described the move as a nullity, noting that the NEC of the party did not follow the recommendations of the constitution of the party before suspending Governor Okorocha.
Nwafor noted that a decision to call for Oshiomole’s resignation was reached after an extensive meeting between the ward and local government chairmen of the party.
According to Nwafor, the national chairman was found to have erred constitutionally. He explained that Article 21 of the Constitution of the party forbids Oshiomole or the NEC from suspending Governor Okorocha without going through the legal processes.
He, however, appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari to call Oshiomole to order before, according to him, scuttled all the plans of the party.
“He claimed to have acted on the recommendation of the party structure but we summoned the ward executive at Ogboko (Okorocha’s ward) and the LGA chairmen; we could not find where the recommendation was from,” Nwafor said.
“He should be ashamed he could not deliver Mr President, instead he embarked on another illegal shopping spree; Oshiomole should tender his resignation; we know he is working with some cabal to destroy Imo APC.”
Meanwhile, Nwafor has warned Senator Hope Uzodinma against parading himself as a member of APC, explaining that his suspension from the party still stands.
Nwafor seized the opportunity to remind newsmen that Oshiomole’s contempt case comes up on March 20.