The crisis in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress yesterday took another turn as leading chieftains of the party urged the national leadership of the party to expel Governor Rochas Okorocha from the party. The demand for Rochas’ expulsion from the APC was made by Senators Hope Uzodinma, Ifeanyi Ararume, Osita Izunaso and other party leaders.
According to them, in a petition to the national leadership, the party would be repositioned to emerge victorious in the Southeast in 2019, but only if it got rid of Governor Okorocha.
The stakeholders addressed their strong worded assertions to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in a statement which read:
“As our party chairman, kindly bring to the notice of our dear President that should the governor in his megalomania procure further violence in his child like tantrums, a state of emergency in Imo State would be a natural consequence.”
“There’s no other state that the president visited five times to appeal to its people and yet we wobbled. Our party must rid itself of this incorrigible worm, he is indeed a cankerworm.”
“This attempt to drag the state into further violence in the face of a non-existent state assembly only points to the complete breakdown of an already non-existent governance for which the state of emergency envisaged in the Section 305 of our Constitution is to be declared”.
The letter was signed on behalf of Imo APC stakeholders by the likes of Senators Hope Uzodinma, Ben Uwajimogu, Ifeanyi Araraume, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Hon. Austin Chukwukere, and Hon. Mike Ohia.
Meanwhile, the APC chairman in Oguta Local Government, Hon. Cassidy Ohamara also aligned his group with the contents of the letter. He commended the National Working Committee of the party “for standing firm to the rules and guidelines of our party and upholding our duly conducted and video recorded congresses across our State, inspite of the unruly and unlawful conduct/misconduct of our state governor, who happens to be one of our party members”.
“You may thus be alarmed that with the near bankruptcy of our state, reeling in this wanton misgovernance, is yet the subject of the threat contained in the governor’s letter to you stating that he is aware of the burning of the Secretariat of our party. Whilst threatening further mayhem. He also has forwarded to you his videos of those he caught with result sheets (which the party did not report missing). The governor having arrested those people (who are contractors of Government House, Owerri), and having called the police and the media himself, proceeded to conduct the investigation himself”.