I was called ‘Okoro Hausa’ because of APC —Okorocha

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The immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has cried out over what he termed “the humiliating treatment” he alleged to have been meted to him by the All Progressives Congress APC.

Okorocha who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly said he got “evil reward” from his party despite his financial commitment to the cause of the APC, especially in the South East.

According to him, he had to “go contrary to the wishes of his kinsmen and political associates” in a bid to ensure that the APC was placed on a sound footing in Imo and the South East, but [he] was surprised that his reward was a suspension.

“If you recall, I was called all sorts of names such as ‘Okoro Hausa,’ and that I was building mosques and all that were associated with it.

“But I kept deaf ears because I felt that I was on the right course with my people.

“I was instrumental in bringing Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC, and he cannot deny that fact.

“I took the troubles of APC in the South-East, but the APC I see now can quickly tell Governor Emeka Ihedioha to come to its fold if only he can fight Rochas.

“That is an unfortunate situation, and it has weakened my spirit and my faith in the party because I thought we were family working to advance the cause of this nation.

“But the way it is going, it does not look like there will be a solution. And there seems to be silence everywhere.

“I don’t even know my stand about my suspension because, for some time, I don’t know what is happening in APC.

“But for the silence all over, it just looks as if it is normal.

“So, I am just waiting and thinking of what next to do; but I am still a member of APC, and I love the party and will support it,” Okorocha said.

According to Okorocha, there is a need for a change in the party’s leadership to ensure the party does not collapse after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okorocha added that Buhari’s reputation appeared to be the binding factor of APC in addition to the fact that the North was arguably the primary decider in Nigerian politics.

“I have never thought of leaving the party; I feel that time will take care of most things, but my only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari.

“For the moment, Buhari seems to be the strongest pillar upon which this party is built.

“If nothing is done to correct the injustices in our party at the national level, then, I fear that this party may disappear with Buhari’s exit.

“Our party is already busy thinking about the presidency in 2023 and not supporting the issue of governance, which is what we have right now.

“The score of our party or its assessment depends on what we have done with governance and what we have done with politics.

“These are some of the problems we have and thinking that being APC is a platform to catch political power.

“People have begun to zone where the president will come from and where he will not come from, leaving the issue of governance; so, these have been some of the challenges we have as a party, but I hope they will be addressed.

“But that cannot be complete unless we do some surgical movement in the leadership of the party,” Okorocha added.

He noted that Nigerians would judge their leaders based on what they had done as a government before they could decide what to do with them in 2023.

The former Imo governor further said that he was not in a hurry to make decisions on the next line of action following his suspension from the party.

He, however, revealed that his inlaw, Mr Uche Nwosu, would return to APC from AA if he eventually reclaimed his governorship mandate.

On the allegations of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the governor of Imo, Okorocha challenged Gov. Ihedioha to try to surpass his record rather than the negative campaign against his administration.

He also said: “I challenge any government to do 50 per cent of what I achieved in Imo. I left N48.5 billion for the new government to take off.

“It is either the government of Ihedioha is confused, or it is not relevant if not, no normal thinking person will begin to witch-hunt me after all that I achieved in Imo.”

He blamed his travails on some unnamed top leaders of the APC whom he accused of conniving with opposition elements in the state to undermine him politically.

Okorocha commended the judiciary for upholding his election describing the tribunal’s ruling as a “proof of his innocence” after INEC accused him of obtaining victory through duress.

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