- We’ve made Gov. Okorocha politically irrelevant
- Nobody can cage me – Okorocha retorts
- Araraume, Uzodinma, Izunaso want Okorocha expelled
Trouble is brewing for Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha as his former allies in the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed to have made him politically irrelevant in the state. The Imo APC stakeholders have said that they decided to make the governor politically irrelevant in their determination to rescue the party from imminent collapse in the state.
Okorocha Dr. Theo Ekechi, who spoke to newsmen after a close-door meeting with the APC national leadership on Thursday in Abuja, said the stakeholders had overwhelming pieces of evidence against Okorocha. This, he said, had made it impossible for the governor to get attention from any quarter in the state and in the South-East region.
“There have been wide jubilation in Imo because we have rescued the party from Gov. Okorocha, we have made it impossible for him to get help from anywhere. “He cannot run to any political figure in the state because none is with him, he cannot approach any clergyman in the state. “In his desperation, he ran to Sokoto, Daura and even to the Vice President, but help has refused to come,” he said.
Ekechi said Rochas’s inaction was responsible for the problems facing the party in the state and the South-East generally. In a petition submitted to the party’s national leadership, the stakeholders chronicled what they described as the governor’s sins and appealed for state of emergency in the state. He called on the party’s national chairman to bring to the notice of President Muhammadu Buhari the crisis in Imo before it completely gets out of hand.
Ekechi alleged that the state was being mismanaged under Okorocha, adding that the governor was running the state like a personal estate. He also alleged that the governor was harassing and intimidating perceived opponents in the state.
Araraume, Uzodinma, Izunaso want Okorocha expelled
In a related event the crisis hitting the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), escalated yesterday after leading chieftains of the party called on the national leadership of the party to expel Governor Rochas Okorocha from the party. Okorocha The demand made by Senators Ifeanyi Ararume, Hope Uzodinma, Osita Izunaso among others came as the confusion on ground deepened with different factions of the party suspending leading lights of each other.
The stakeholders in a petition to the national leadership of the party affirmed that for the party to be repositioned to win the Southeast in 2019 that the party must get rid of Governor Okorocha.
Consequently, they asked the president to declare a state of emergency in Imo as a way of halting further violence in the area. In a strongly worded letter to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the stakeholders said; “As our party chairman, kindly bring to the notice of our dear President that should the governor in his megalomania procure further violence in his childlike tantrums, a state of emergency in Imo State would be a natural consequence.
There’s no other state that the president visited five times to appeal to its people and yet we wobbled. Our party must rid itself of this incorrigible worm, he is indeed a cankerworm.”
“This attempt to drag the state into further violence in the face of a non-existent state assembly only points to the complete breakdown of an already non-existent governance for which the state of emergency envisaged in the Section 305 of our Constitution is to be declared”.
Those who signed the letter on behalf of Imo APC stakeholders include Senators Ben Uwajimogu, Hope Uzodinma, Ifeanyi Araraume, Osita Izunaso, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Hon. Mike Ohia and Hon. Austin Chukwukere. The APC chairman in Oguta Local Government who is the leader of all the APC local government chairmen in the state, Hon. Cassidy Ohamara equally aligned his group with the contents of the letter.
They thanked the National Working Committee of the party “for standing firm to the rules and guidelines of our party and upholding our duly conducted and video recorded congresses across our State, inspite of the unruly and unlawful conduct/misconduct of our state governor, who happens to be one of our party members”.
“You may thus be alarmed that with the near bankruptcy of our state, reeling in this wanton misgovernance, is yet the subject of the threat contained in the governor’s letter to you stating that he is aware of the burning of the Secretariat of our party. Whilst threatening further mayhem. He also has forwarded to you his videos of those he caught with result sheets (which the party did not report missing). The governor having arrested those people (who are contractors of Government House, Owerri), and having called the police and the media himself, proceeded to conduct the investigation himself”.
The letter was copied the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman and Deputy Chairman (South) of the Party, National Assembly, all State Governors, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, DG, Department of State Services as well as members of the National Working Committee NWC of the party for necessary action. Mutual suspensions Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered yesterday in Owerri, that Okorocha’s loyalists led by the acting secretary of the party, Mr. Ireagwu Obioma suspended the state chairman, Mr. Hilary Eke, his deputy, Ugochukwu Nzekwe and publicity secretary, Mr. Nwabueze Oguchienti. Prior to this, the state chairman,Mr. Eke had suspended two members of the party, Mr Charles Amadi and Okenze Obinna.
Nobody can cage me – Okorocha
Meanwhile the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, Friday said that nobody can cage him politically. Okorocha through a release to newsmen in Owerri, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, was responding to a statement credited to Imo APC stakeholders led by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume.
The governor also said that he was caged by Araraume’s group in the office of the National Chairman of APC, John Oyegun and that of the National Organizing Secretary, Mr. Osita Izunaso. According to the release, “The so- called Imo stakeholders can only “cage” Governor Rochas Okorocha like they have claimed in the media in the offices of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary of the Party, Chief Osita Izunaso.
“Who are on vendetta mission against the governor over his innocent and patriotic stand on the issue of tenure elongation.
“And in any case only ingrates can claim caging the man God used to uplight them politically. All those in the insolvent group called coalition are all beneficiaries of Okorocha’s political successes in Imo.
“If they have the capacity why are they dodging going to the field for the congresses, but they preferred making away with the sensitive materials for the congresses and going into hotels to write results.
“Mind you, Governor Okorocha has never played politics with the elite in the state. And that is part of their anger. The governor’s greatest political base and asset is the grassroot, that is still intact for him. These stakeholders are deceiving themselves. They know they cannot fly.
“Rochas is the biggest asset of APC in the South-East and in Imo in particular. Even today, the only person the party needs to sustain Imo as APC state and make enroute into other states in the zone is Rochas Okorocha. Take it or leave it when the chips are down, the truth will become clearer.”