The national chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, as an embarrassment to the ruling party. Oshiomhole made this known at a press conference in Abuja.
This is coming from the former Edo state governor after he was accused by Governor Okorocha of working against the interest of the party and making the APC lose five million voters.
The Imo state governor had told journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 1, 2018 that:
“I also request that Oshiomhole must learn to respect the rule of law and obey court orders where they apply. This issue of treating court orders as tissue papers must stop; it doesn’t reflect the image of our party.
“Since his inception and after the primaries, we have lost almost five million voters. There is anger, protest everywhere. He needs to be called to order; he has to respect the rule of law, respect court orders and do the right thing.”
Oshiomhole denied the allegations by the governor, maintaining that he is on the right path. He said that:
“Okorocha’s action is against the Christian community in Imo state and also an embarrassment to APC… we are not ready to join him in antagonising his people.
“Yesterday, I watched Okorocha on television urging me to obey the rule of law but we followed due process to rescue him because the congresses conducted by my predecessor swept Okorocha out of the system. We thought it wise to restore due process and ordered fresh congress in the state.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, is a beneficiary of the court process, we rescued him. The primary conducted by my predecessor completely swept governor Okorocha out of the system-from ward, local government to the state.
“What I am not able to do for Governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of the APC to help him to build a political dynasty.
“We have prepared the name of Senator Hope Uzodinma and submitted it to the INEC. If Governor Rochas chose to relocate to the villa and use the ground of villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I will uphold the best interest of APC members and indeed of APC people in Imo state”.
The APC national chairman also took the opportunity of the conference to speak heavily against Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, accusing him of injustice and fraud in relation to the APC primaries held in Ogun.
According to him, the governor had called him to say that the Ogun APC was going to adopt consensus option, but he rejected it, insisting on direct primary.
“Governor Amosun decided that him and his prefered aspirant will not participate in the primaries organised by the working committee and even tried to withdraw the security that was necessary for the primary panel.
“At a stakeholders’ meeting, Governor Amosun decided to introduce the third element which didn’t feature in the resolution of the NEC, announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitute consensus.
“He announced somebody as the consensus governor, he proceeded to announce another man as the deputy governor, he went on to proclaim (himself) as the next senator and he said the current serving Senator Tejuoso, should step aside.
“He also went on to announce that the second senator also from Ogun State will step aside while another man will come in. Governor Amosun went on to announce another man who will be the next speaker, and another one as the next deputy speaker. He also singlehandedly pronounced that of the eight House of Representatives members, seven will not return. According to him, only one will return. All these he claimed is a consensus.
“However, Ogun state governor decided in his wisdom to conduct his own self help, I mean resulting to what you can call self-help by conducting what he called his own primary. The Secretary to Ogun state government became the chief returning officer and I and other NWC members were watching the Channels Television and we saw the secretary to Ogun state government proclaiming himself as the returning officer, and purported to have conducted primary”.