Imo APC crisis can’t be managed — Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo  State on Thursday told  his Kano State counterpart  Abdullahi Ganduje  as well as Senator Godswill Akpabio that the crisis in  the All Progressives Congress in his  state “has gone beyond what we can manage”.

Okorocha,  who spoke in Owerri when the APC reconciliation committee headed by Ganduje visited Imo, said,  “Adams Oshiomhole singlehandedly meted grave injustice to Imo APC members.”

He  regretted that despite  helping to make  Oshiomhole the national chairman of  the party, the ex-Edo State governor  “stole the mandate of Imo people”.

He said despite the provocation he would remain in  the party  and ensure  that President Muhammadu Buhari wins next year’s presidential  election.

The governor said,  “There shouldn’t have been crisis in the party,  because of the affinity of the members. We are like one big family. When we came in 2011 it was a miracle. The who is who in Imo politics were against us but we won that election. We moved from APGA to  the APC because of the name of  Buhari, which is synonymous with integrity. I am a foundation member of the APC. I suggested  the name APC.”

He added, “Those Oshiomhole gave the tickets were not APC members, the worst political injustice in the history of Nigeria happened in Imo.

“Let me make bold to say that this is not about the people here but those across the breadth of the state,  the name you hear is Uche Nwosu. Against all  speculation that I am leaving the  APC is not true, all the state and local government executives  are  intact. We have done everything to resolve the issue but it appears to have gone beyond repair. The situation at hand has gone beyond what we can manage.”

The   APC governorship candidate in the state,   Hope Uzodinma,  and Okorocha’s son-in-law, who  is laying claim to the ticket, Uche Nwosu, were absent from the meeting.

Meanwhile, fresh facts emerged on Thursday that all the aggrieved APC  aspirants in Imo state will join Action Alliance and Democratic People’s Party early next week.

The development,  our correspondent learnt, is  was to enable them to pursue their ambitions of winning elective positions in 2019.

Okorocha  on Tuesday  hinted that all those denied tickets including Nwosu  might  join another party.

According to a source, who does not want to be mentioned,  said  all  arrangements regarding the defection the APC  to another  party had been concluded.

He said the aggrieved members and their supporters would openly declare for the new party in a big ceremony in Owerri early next week.


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