Sen. Rochas Okorocha has declared that he and his followers do not recognize the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Executive in Imo State backed by Governor Hope Uzodinma.
The former governor of Imo State vowed that the ongoing APC membership registration will be null and void if carried out without the duly elected party officials in the state.
According to a statement by Okorocha’s Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, he made these remarks in Owerri during a meeting with Daniel Nwafor’s led executive.
The State chapter of the APC in Imo State has been a leadership crisis between the Caretaker Executive led by Marcon Nlemigbo and the elected Daniel Nwafor’s faction.
Rochas also equally accused Governor Uzodinma of not appointing APC members, adding that people planning to destroy APC are lying to President Muhamadu Buhari.
“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. How many APC members are among his more than 120 appointees? None of Course.”
“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.”
Senator Rochas also explained why he wants a former merger of APC and PDP.
He stated that those who did not participate in the formation of the party have hijacked the Party.
“I have not left APC. I am still in APC. Nobody has a stake in APC more than me. The worst insults I had in Imo and in the South-East in 2015 were because of APC and President Muhammadu Buhari. APC was formed by President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, myself and a few other people. But those on congratulation trip, have taken over the Party.
“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 a party.”
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