Okorocha Angry, Fires Oshiomhole As Buhari’s APC Chair

Piqued by some alleged excesses of former Edo State Governor and factional National Chairman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State says he has uprooted Oshiomhole from the party office.

Okorocha who is also a Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District, said he sacked Oshiomhole, for anti-party activities.

The outgoing Imo governor who is currently serving a suspension from the ruling party by its National Working Committee (NWC) led by the allegedly sacked Oshiomhole, said the chairman lacked the power to suspend him.

According to Okorocha, ‘’as a founder of the APC, I can say authoritatively that Oshiohmole was involved in anti-party activities. On a Channels Television programme – Sunday Politics, the governor had said, ‘’I just heard from media reports that I have been suspended from the party (APC). I think Adams is seeking for relevance and attention.

‘’He doesn’t have such powers to remove somebody without following due process. I think Adams is the biggest player of anti-party in APC. The man has simply destroyed the party to a great extent. So, I have sacked him from the party. If he thinks he can just stand up and say he has suspended me from the party I founded, without following the due process, in the same manner, I have sacked him from the party.’’

The outgoing Imo governor accused Oshiomhole of imposing the APC gubernatorial candidate in his state, Hope Uzodinma, on the party. ‘’The candidate that Oshiohmole imposed on the party in Imo State lost his votes for the Presidential election and all the members of the coalition in Imo State worked for PDP’’, he said.

In another development, his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said his principal has distanced President Buhari from what he called ‘’lawlessness’’ allegedly being perpetrated in the APC by Oshiomhole, claiming that Buhari is too decent to be backing Oshiomhole in his unlawful actions.

While alleging that Oshiomhole had done so many strange things in APC, Okorocha described his suspension and that of his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, from APC as worrisome, insisting that Oshiomhole’s idea of party supremacy was lawlessness.

According to Okorocha’s media aide, ‘’Oshiomhole has done so many strange things with the party and it would be wrong for anybody to think that President Buhari, known for his penchant for decency, honesty and forthrightness would be on the same page with the national chairman.

‘’The President was voted by Nigerians across the geo-political zones because he has proved to be real and can be trusted. When he said he was fighting corruption, you saw it happening. It cannot be the same thing with someone who saw sold the tickets of the party to the highest bidders.

‘’We have yet to see any Nigerian living that would have defeated President Buhari in that election. He has earned the confidence and trust of most Nigerians, and in states where he lost, you could see traces of wanton manipulation and mutilation of election figures like in the case of Imo. In other words, the President has nothing to do with Oshiomhole’s disdain for the right actions and the chairman’s penchant for lawlessness and total disregard for the party’s constitution.’’

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