Okorocha’s days in APC still numbered, Uzodinma insists
By Chuks Uzochukwu, Owerri
Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been advised to stop playing on the gallery and make bold his decision to leave the All Progressive Congress (APC), insisting his days in the ruling Party was numbered going by his actions and antecedents.
The State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, gave the admonition in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachukwu and made available to newsmen in Owerri, yesterday in a subtle reaction to the claims in media that the serving Senator had been suspended from the ruling Party.
Though the Party’s National Secretariat had long refuted the said reports, Okorocha had through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo on Tuesday, accused Uzodinma of blackmailing him out of the ruling party.
But Uzodinma insisted that recent actions, activities and utterances of Okorocha has continued to expose his intentions to call it quits with the APC.
He added that it was obvious that Okorocha would rather leave APC than remain in the same Party with him, having rejected hands of fellowship extended to him.
According to the Governor, “truth is that Okorocha had long left the APC without some of his aides like Onwuemeodo knowing. For a man with history of junketing from one political party to another, discerning minds know that Okorocha’s days in APC were numbered the moment he was not able to foist his political son, Uche Nwosu, on the hapless Imo people in a bid to sustain his political hegemonic hallucination.”
He said, “If there is any politician in Imo APC who does not want Governor Uzodimma to be in the same Party with him, that politician is Okorocha, and he has not hidden such disdain for the sitting governor. For example, how can one who claims to be a founding member of the APC refuse to revalidate his membership the way all others across the country had done? How can he disregard the decision of the National Secretariat of the party he claims to be a founding member as regards headship of the Imo APC?”, he queried.
“Are the above the mindset of one who still wants to be part of the efforts to build a strong and virile APC, whether in Imo or the country at large? If anything, Okorocha has succeeded in blackmailing himself out of the APC only to look for where to point fingers.” Uzodinma added.