Imo State Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum Chairman, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has accused the All Progressives Congress National Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomole of trying to destroy the APC party in the south-east region of Nigeria.
Governor Okorocha made this accusation while reacting to news of his suspension by the APC National Working Committee headed by Oshiomole.
Recall that the APC National Working Committee announced earlier that Governor Okorocha along with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state and few other party members have been suspended from the party following accusations of carrying out anti-party activities.
Reacting to this, Governor Okorocha described his suspension as a pre-determined plot by Oshiomole to destroy the APC party in the south-east region in other to mark them out of the 2023 presidential race.
“Adams Oshiomhole was determined right from the outset to destroy APC in the South-East and unknown to party chieftains from the zone who had genuinely supported his chairmanship.’ Okorocha said in a statement on Friday.
“He is playing the politics of 2023 in 2019 and in playing it, he has thrown caution to the wind. In all the South-East states there are crises and all arising from the fraudulent manner he conducted the primaries.”
Governor Okorocha recalled his outstanding role in the formation of the All Progressives Congress party in 2015.
He quoted the following;
“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 as others did and giving all kinds of flimsy excuses.
“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 February 23, 2019, Presidential and National Assembly election, Governor Okorocha won in ten, out of the twelve local governments 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.
“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.
“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 Governor 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 South-East 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.
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