Willy Eya And Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that the National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole wants to destroy the ruling party in the South East zone of the country. He said Oshiomhole is already playing the politics of 2023 in 2019, and has thrown caution to the winds.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, yesterday suspended Okorocha and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun from the party over anti-party activities. In a statement by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor said he had been inundated with calls from well meaning Nigerians over his(Okorocha) purported expulsion by the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
He regretted that Oshiomhole was determined right from the outset to destroy APC in the South East unknown to party Chieftains from the zone who had genuinely supported his chairmanship. He said: “ In all the South East states, there are crises and all arising from the fraudulent manner he conducted the primaries. In 2015, Governor Okorocha had joined the merger that gave birth to APC at the risk of his second tenure and was called all sorts of unprintable names. Yet, he won the governorship election, delivered 24 out of the 27 members of the House of Assembly for APC, two House of Representatives members and one Senator. “In 2019, Oshiomhole felt that such a man should be treated with disdain. He handed over the governorship ticket of the party to Hope Uzodinma who has never resigned his membership of the PDP on the floor of the Senate like others did and giving all kinds of flimsy excuses.
“And if Oshiomhole had meant well for APC and Imo people in particular, would he have given the ticket of the party to a man facing five corruption charges and having travel ban slammed on him, to be the party’s candidate.” Okorocha said that in the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly election, he won in 10 out of the 12 local governments in Orlu zone to emerge winner for Imo West Senatorial District. The governor said he also delivered four House of Representatives candidates on the platforms of APC and AA respectively, with one Senate Seat and two House of Representatives seats outstanding.
He said: “when the APC members across the nation are still celebrating the success of the party in the presidential and National Assembly elections, Oshiomhole in his wisdom or lack of it, felt that the best action in the circumstance was to suspend two governors who did well in the election, even when he played safe in 2015 and 2019 in Edo State without any known pressure.”