Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Thursday told his Kano State counterpart Abdullahi Ganduje as well as Senator Godswill Akpabio that the crisis in the All Progressives Congress in his state “has gone beyond what we can manage”.
Okorocha, who spoke in Owerri when the APC reconciliation committee headed by Ganduje visited Imo, said, “Adams Oshiomhole singlehandedly meted grave injustice to Imo APC members.”
He regretted that despite helping to make Oshiomhole the national chairman of the party, the ex-Edo State governor “stole the mandate of Imo people”.
He said despite the provocation he would remain in the party and ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari wins next year’s presidential election.
The governor said, “There shouldn’t have been crisis in the party, because of the affinity of the members. We are like one big family. When we came in 2011 it was a miracle. The who is who in Imo politics were against us but we won that election. We moved from APGA to the APC because of the name of Buhari, which is synonymous with integrity. I am a foundation member of the APC. I suggested the name APC.”
He added, “Those Oshiomhole gave the tickets were not APC members, the worst political injustice in the history of Nigeria happened in Imo.
“Let me make bold to say that this is not about the people here but those across the breadth of the state, the name you hear is Uche Nwosu. Against all speculation that I am leaving the APC is not true, all the state and local government executives are intact. We have done everything to resolve the issue but it appears to have gone beyond repair. The situation at hand has gone beyond what we can manage.”
The APC governorship candidate in the state, Hope Uzodinma, and Okorocha’s son-in-law, who is laying claim to the ticket, Uche Nwosu, were absent from the meeting.
Meanwhile, fresh facts emerged on Thursday that all the aggrieved APC aspirants in Imo state will join Action Alliance and Democratic People’s Party early next week.
The development, our correspondent learnt, is was to enable them to pursue their ambitions of winning elective positions in 2019.
Okorocha on Tuesday hinted that all those denied tickets including Nwosu might join another party.
According to a source, who does not want to be mentioned, said all arrangements regarding the defection the APC to another party had been concluded.
He said the aggrieved members and their supporters would openly declare for the new party in a big ceremony in Owerri early next week.