Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has blamed the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, for the party’s failure to win or retain some states during the February and March general elections.
Okorocha, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, warned that the party could lose its grounds completely by 2023, if the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, will keep running the affairs of the party.
“My fear now is that the APC may have a serious setback in 2023 because the Oshiomhole-led executive is actually turning the APC into a regional minority party, which shouldn’t be”.
speaking about the 9th National Assembly, the governor stressed that ignoring the South-East will pose trouble for the APC ahead of 2023 general elections.
“This nation will not be properly balanced if the South-East is not carried along properly in the affairs of the National Assembly. it looks like the South-East doesn’t have a place anymore, that will not be good for the APC because there is going to be a bigger APC after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves the seat.”
“ Right now in the whole of the South-East, we don’t have an APC governor. So, if there is any discussion in Nigeria now within the APC governors and President Muhammadu Buhari, there will be nobody from the South-East. This is what the APC chairman has done in the South-East.”
Also speaking on his inability to get the certificate of return from INEC, Okorocha again blamed the leadership of the party, which he said, did not seem to bother.
He added, “I don’t have a problem with the working committee of that party. I only have a problem with the chairman of that party, who took it upon himself to do the wrong thing against me for no just cause and to fight a battle that he can never win.
He is the one that is behind all the imposition (of candidates)… This is why internal democracy must be respected; let the will of the people prevail rather than this imposition. It is unfortunate what has happened in Imo State. At least, I have been vindicated for the fact that I said the APC candidate they were imposing on Imo people was not popular; he came from the opposition.”