Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday described his suspension and moves to expel him by the All Progressives Congress National Working Committee (NWC) as a joke taken too far.
According to him, the latest move by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, led NWC confirmed his (Oshiomhole) resolve and determined right from the outset to destroy APC in the Southeast.
Recall that Oshiomhole and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, was yesterday outrightly suspended by NWC of APC citing allegations of anti-party activities and for allegedly undermining party fortunes in their respective states in last Saturday’s elections.
Okorocha in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said Oshiomhole was only playing a script for 2023 in 2019.
The statement read: “Oshiomhole was determined right from the outset to destroy APC in the Southeast and unknown to party chieftains from the zone who had genuinely supported his chairmanship. He is playing the politics of 2023 in 2019 and, in playing it, he has thrown caution to the wind.
“In all the Southeast states there are crises and all arising from the fraudulent manner he conducted the primaries. In 2015, 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?
“In the February 23 elections, Okorocha won in 10 out of the 12 councils in Orlu zone to emerge winner for Imo West Senatorial District. 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.
“And 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 elections, even when he played safe in 2015 and 2019 in Edo State without any known pressure.
“Again, Oshiomhole coming up with the purported expulsion this time, was only acting out of the fear that God in his infinite mercy could give Okorocha a role to play in the Senate, in the overall interest of the nation.“The truth is that Oshiomhole is only labouring in vain to play his own part of the deal that warranted his giving out the tickets of the party to non-deserving elements like in the case of Imo.
“Finally, APC, especially in the Southeast and in Imo in particular will outlive Oshiomhole. Men like him hardly sleep with their two eyes closed. They always sleep with their eyes open because they have murdered sleep with their actions and inactions. And unfortunately for him the purported expulsion can’t stand because the law has taken care of it even long before now.”