Contrary to the high opinion, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha holds of himself, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, has said that he (Okorocha), being “notorious and narcisst, has ruined the chances of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to win the South East in 2019.
Mr. Okechukwu said this in a chat with the Sun on Saturday.
The APC chieftain stated that the governor had succeeded in “demarketing” APC in the South East.
He wondered how the people in the region would vote for APC when Okorocha is fighting the Catholic Church?
Mr. Okechukwu warned that anybody promoting Okorocha as the face of APC in the South East does not wish the party well.
He said, ” Governor Okorocha to be honest with you, was the one that brought the problem in APC. I pleaded with him not to run for presidency and that there is a zoning convention and that the zoning convention has a moral weight even though it is not a law. If you had listened, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu got into negotiations with President Buhari, I told him that he was going to get over 1000 delegates from the South West.
“It paid off. I told the leadership of the APC not to promote Okorocha in the South East. Anybody promoting Okorocha is demarketing the APC because you do not go to a community and start defending a notorious boy or girl. If you go to a community and the girl you want to marry is the one that is notorious, then on the marriage day, the people might not attend. It is customary.
“People would be asking you why did you marry the girl; they will tell you that the other girl is better. Governor Okorocha knew that former Governor, Ikedi Ohakim ran into trouble with the Catholic church in Imo State and the same Catholic church, you Okorocha are at war with them again. So, how can you get votes around there? Where will you get the votes? It is just like going to Kano and fight with the Muslims. How will you get votes there?
“So, that is it; I am not saying this to castigate him; I have great respect for him but I am also pleading with him to retrace his own steps; go back and appease your people. I am not from Imo but go back and appease your people. But anybody who is promoting Okorocha is not helping the Igbo people and the APC.
“Anybody promoting Okorocha as the face of the APC in the South East is not helping the party. Maybe the person does not want the APC to do well in the zone. And it is Okorocha that made himself unpopular in the South East; it is not Osita Okechukwu. He is demarketing the APC and he cannot change because he is suffering from what is called narcissism.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Okorocha said recently that he stands the best chance to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.