Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has lashed out at his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying he got an “evil reward” from the party for his commitment to the cause of the party, especially in the south-east.
Mr. Okorocha said this while talking with the Press on Tuesday, noting he was called ‘Okoro Hausa’ by his kinsmen for being a member of the All Progressives Party (APC).
Okoro-Hausa is a derogatory Igbo word.
According to him, he had lost faith in the ruling party has become weak owing to the humiliating treatment allegedly meted out to him by the party.
He said, “I had to go contrary to his kinsmen and political associates” just to ensure that the party was placed on a sound footing in Imo and in the south-east, but was surprised that his reward was suspension.
“If you recall, I was called all sorts of names such as ‘Okoro Hausa,’ and that I was building mosques and all that were associated with it, ” he said.
“But I kept deaf ears because I felt that I was on the right course with my people.
“I was instrumental to bringing Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC and he cannot deny that fact.
“I took the troubles of APC in the south-east; but the APC I see now can easily tell Governor Emeka Ihedioha to come to its fold if only he can fight Rochas.
“That is really an unfortunate situation and it has weakened my spirit and my faith in the party because I thought we were family working to advance the cause of this nation.”
He however added that despite the alleged maltreatment, he still remains a member of the ruling party.
“And I love the party and will support it.”