Following the adoption of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the Imo State gubernatorial by the the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday attacked Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, claiming that the party has lost about five million voters due to his highhandedness.
Mr. Okorocha, who is desperately pushing the unpopular plan to hand over to his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu levelled the allegation in a chat with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Interestingly, the Imo state governor said he discovered that Mr. Oshiomhole acted without Buhari’s consent, adding that he should be called to order.
Okorocha, who is notorious for disobeying court orders, ironically urged the party chairman to learn to respect the rule of law and obey court orders where they apply.
He said, “This issue of treating court orders as tissue papers must stop. It doesn’t reflect the image of our party.
“Oshiomhole must act quickly to fix the integrity of this party because his coming in ought to have brought joy into the party and not sadness.”
He however was optimistic that APC would not disintegrate because of Oshiomhole, so long as the President remains the leader of the party.
“APC will not disintegrate for as long as the person, Muhammadu Buhari is still the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and remains the leader of this party.
“We cannot give that credit to the chairman. He cannot disintegrate this party, the party is still intact, just that many people are hurt, he added.
On the replacement of Uche Nwosu with Senator Uzodinma, Mr. Okorocha said it was not possible for the party to replace his son-in-law with Senator Uzodinma as the party’s governorship candidate in the state.
“He cannot be standing on Hope Uzodinma because that man did not win election. You cannot compare somebody who won 265,000 votes with somebody who won 7,000 votes.
“Uzodinma never won election and you cannot impose a candidate who is unacceptable to the people on the people. That is how serious the matter is now.
“Oshiomhole should do the right thing and I have advised him many times to do the right thing before he creates more disaffections in our party,” Okorocha demanded.
However, the fact remains that the second APC governorship primary, which Mr. Nwosu was said to have won, was boycotted by Uzodinma and at least nine candidates, who had backed him.
The first primary, supervised by the Ahmad Gulak led committee, was won by Mr. Uzodinma.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported that APC NWC has adopted Senator Uzodinma as the party’s governorship candidate for Imo state.