By Umar Muhammad Puma
Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, had asked the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), if he so desire.
Okechukwu, said without Okorocha, the party will win the 2019 general elections, including parliamentary seats and governorship seats.
Addressing newsmen before the inauguration of state chairmen at the APC national secretariat Abuja on Monday, Okechukwu said the actions and inactions of Okorocha have caused APC more setbacks in the last four years.
According to him, recent development that made the Governor to lose at party congresses was grand plan to reposition APC to such that it can win elections in the South-east.
“At least there are more than 60 political parties now; Okorocha is free to join any of his choice. Though, we are not forcing him to leave, what we are saying is we have taken the leadership out of his hands because he was playing God. He was personalizing power, so the majority of the leadership and membership of the APC in the south-east said ‘thank you’, so far so good, enough is enough.
“So, what I am just saying is that he was at liberty to leave APC but let nobody anywhere think that the APC will lose because we have retrieved the party from him, now APC is the winner as a political party. Mr President is going to get more votes there; we are going to win more parliamentary seats, more governorship seats without him.
“In my place, when the bird is dancing on the main road, it means there is a drummer in the bush and I am pointing at the drummer of all that is happening in the South-east. But luckily, majority, over 90% of the leadership and membership of the APC in the south East has said enough is enough to our former leader, Owelle Rochas okorocha.”
When asked to explain what he meant by Okorocha behind vices rocking the party in South-East, Okechukwu said “From day one, he kept us where we are in the APC government of the federal republic of Nigeria because in that meeting where he insisted he must run for Presidency, he was virtually aware that there is a convention called zoning, he is not a small boy, he is a brilliant person, a brilliant person with high business acumen.
“When our competitors in the South West, we made it known that the leaders of the South West, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had met with Muhammadu Buhari, and our group the then defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), had said we are going to vote for you.
“We thank the people of Imo state, Izunanso and others, the people we recruited, we retrieved from him. They did so well. They have killed a lion.”
While reacting to Okechukwu’s statement, one of the leaders of the coalition who opposed Governor Okorocha in Imo, he said “He who wears the shoe knows where it pinching most. Osita Okechukwu is from Enugu state and I am from Imo state.
“Rochas Okorocha is the governor of Imo state. I think there is joy in heaven when one lost sheep is found. We will be most joyous to see our Governor, Rochas Owelle Okorocha, come back to the fold and decide to work with us as a family to ensure the success of APC in 2019 and that is not the taking away the fact that he has the right to make political discussion that suits him but in terms of what we want, we wish that we work with together.