– Governor Okorocha has said that he cannot leave the ruling APC
– The Imo state governor said cannot leave a party which he helped to build
– He, however, blamed the crisis rocking the party on the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
– He disclosed that he still has the APC ticket for Imo West (Orlu) senatorial election
Despite the crisis rocking the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rochas Okorocha of has reiterated that he is still in the ruling party, adding that his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election is intact.
Speaking at the Government House, Owerri, during a media briefing on Tuesday, November 27, Governor Okorocha added that the embattled state APC governorship candidate, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, remained the best candidate for the election in the state.
“He is visionary, dutiful, hardworking and a proactive young man. He remains the best among all the candidates for the governorship election in the state,” he said.
Okorocha, however, maintained that he was still in the APC having been one of the founding fathers of the party in the country.
He said: “I cannot be part of destroying the mansion I have helped in building. I totally support the APC and all of its candidates for the 2019 general elections.”
He further described what played out in the APC governorship primaries in Imo state as a political injustice.
Okorocha stated that the choice of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the state governorship candidate for the 2019 election was not the choice of the party’s faithful.
He lamented that the APC which was known for uprightness and justice had lost its integrity and purposeful bearing.
He further said that he was not embattled in any form but that the fight against him was because of his political sagacity.
The governor blamed the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for the crisis in the party.
“I still have my numerous supporters with me, but those who are naïve who want to leave and have left, I wish them good luck. This is because I cannot stop them,” he added.
Meanwhile, Okorocha had disclosed that he has the APC ticket for Imo West (Orlu) Senatorial District election, just as he added that he would coast to victory in the election.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that any aggrieved member of the APC has the right to sue the ruling party.
The president, in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday, November 26, reacted to the recent threats by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to punish members who dragged the party to court.