By Musa Baba Adamu
The senator representing Imo West in the Senate, Rochas Okorocha, has debunked the report alleging that he has concluded plans to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for another party not yet identified.
Addressing the State Working Committee (SWC) members of the Party, Zonal, Local Government and Ward Executives of the Party in the State at the weekend in Imo State, Okorocha said nobody in the South East and Imo State in particular has more stake in APC than himself, to warrant him leaving the party.
While urging the public to disregard the speculations that he has plans to defect from the party to another platform he is yet to form, the former Imo State Governor said he is still a member of the APC.
According to him, “Our Party is APC. Don’t be Confused when I said that there were bad people and good people in both APC and PDP. And that the good people in the two Parties should come together for the good of the nation. I was talking about a movement and not party”.
“I have not left APC. I am still in APC. Nobody has stake in APC more than me. The worst insults I had in Imo and in the South-East in 2015, was because of APC and President Muhammadu Buhari. APC was formed by President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Myself and few other people. But those on Congratulation trip, have taken over the Party”.
Okorocha also revealed that President Buhari is not aware of the injustice being meted out to the elected APC Executives in Imo, from the State to the Ward level, adding that, Mr. Daniel Nwafor as Chairman and his EXCO, the Local Government and Ward Executives, remain intact, with the Judgements on their positions, including that of the Appeal Court.
He said “Daniel Nwafor and others, duly elected as the Executives of the Party remain as such. Those who want to destroy the Party lied to President Buhari. The Judgements on the issue all stated that the NEC of the Party or the governor, cannot remove the Party EXCOs. The Party Executives can only be removed by Convention.
“Whatever they do here without the duly elected Party officials in the State, including the planned registration exercise, expected to begin on Monday, would be null and void. We do not recognize Governor Uzodinma’s APC in Imo. That’s not APC in Imo State. That’s PDP People. How many APC members are among his more than one hundred and twenty appointees? None of Course.
“We had a formidable APC until those who came through Ben Johnson way with the help of their likes, came to hijack the Party. Now, they cannot fly because nature does not support injustice. President Muhammadu Buhari, as a man of Justice, does not support injustice”.