Sen. Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo, has lamented the humiliating treatment meted out to him by his party the All Progressives Congress (APC), in spite of his sacrifices and financial contributions to the party.
Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that he got evil reward from APC for his commitment to the course of the party especially in the South East.
He noted that he had to go contrary to his kinsmen and political associates just to ensure that the party was placed on a sound footing in Imo and in the South East, but was surprised that he reward was suspension.
“If you recall I was called all sorts of names like ‘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 to 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 and the APC I see now can easily tell Gov. Emeka Ihedioha to come to its fold if only he can fight Rochas.
“That is really an unfortunate situation and it has weakened my spirit and my faith to the party because I thought we are family working to advance the course 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 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 major decider in Nigeria 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 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 on the basis of 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.
Edited by Donald Ugwuhttps://nnn.ng/i-was-hated-called-okoro-hausa-because-of-apc-okorocha/
I’m loyal to APC, not factions, says chieftain in Ibadan
Ajanaku made the declaration in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ajanaku, a renowned businessman, was House of Representatives candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), for Ibadan South/West/North-West in the 2019 general election.
Ajanaku said that he was not interested in any act capable of polarising any political, business or social association he belongs to.
He said that he preferred to keep his loyalty with the main body and seek its progress.
“Of course, we all know that disunity led to formation of different groups within our party, but if sincerely addressed, normalcy will definitely return.
“Although, I don’t belong to any faction or group in APC, I am a party man and I will not support any move to factionalise the party,” Ajanaku said.
Ajanaku said that he had not been attending political meetings because he was more focused on empowering the youth through employment creation and training.
He wished all the party chieftains well as they continued to find ways of reconciling aggrieved members and move the party forward.
“I wish the leadership of the party success in its bid to reconcile all weary factions and take the party to the next level of progress,” he prayed.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
Edo: Ogbeh advises Obaseki to run an all-inclusive govt
Chief Audu Ogbeh, a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised the re-elected Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to run an all-inclusive government.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, he congratulated Obaseki, urging him to involve the opposition in his government to re-unite the state.
Ogbeh who is one of the founding members of APC, called on the governor to work hard for the people of Edo and Nigeria especially in the area of growing the economy.
“I knew Obaseki was going to win because people have accepted him and he has done well in the state.
“Now, I just want to congratulate him, wish him well and ask him to work hard for the people of Edo State and Nigeria especially in the area of growing the economy.
“Every government must know that when there is this kind of situation, it is the government that should lead the people into economic growth.
“Government must lead the people into economic growth and revival; individuals do not have much capacity especially in creating the rural industries, bringing the youths and women into productive activities.
“We wish him well and ask him to bring everybody along including the opposition so that Edo can be re-united,’’ he said.
Obaseki polled 307, 955 votes to defeat his closest APC contender, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled 223,619 votes.https://nnn.ng/edo-ogbeh-advises-obaseki-to-run-an-all-inclusive-govt/
Lagos bye election: I won’t disappoint if elected, says Abiru
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye election, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, on Tuesday promised not to disappoint the people of the district if elected.
Abiru, a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank, made the pledge during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Somolu.
He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district .
“First of all, let me thank you party members for choosing me as the candidate of the party. I am very grateful and I won’t take your support for granted.
“Let me assure you and and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected.
“I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past by offering quality representation.
“My father, Justice Abiru represented this district at the Senate, then Senator Adefuye, Senator Ogunlewe, Senator Mamora, Senator Ashafa, and Senator Osinowo, May bless God his soul.
“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less. I will do my best to the service of the people if elected”, he said.
He said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in public sector as former Finance Commissioner to bear on the service of the people if elected.
Abiru said he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.
The ex-Polaris Bank boss said Lagos deserved special status being a former Federal capital, saying he would work with others to secure that for the state.
“Also, I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district”, he said.
He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.
Abiru also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.
Earlier, Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman, Lagos East, described Abiru as a credible and competent candidate.
He said the party had no doubts that Abiru would deliver if elected.
Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised hitherto distressed Polaris Bank as CEO, he would make great impact if elected as senator.
He expressed regrets that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time and urged residents of the senatorial to come out en masse on Oct.31 to prove their support for the party.
“In the 2019 elections ,the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov. Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough.
“Bariga alone can give that . So, this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate”, he said.
He said with massive turn out of party members and residents, APC would win by landslide.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by many party members, community leaders, traders and youths.
Some of the prominent APC chieftains at the meeting include Rep Ademorin Kuye(Somolu); a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr Rotimi Abiru(Somolu 2); and another member, Mr Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1).
The Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area, Mr Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Mr Kolade Alabi, were among those in attendance.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
Edo 2020: Youth group congratulates Obaseki
Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a youth group, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his victory at the Governorship election held on Saturday.
Mr Godwin Onmonya, the National Coordinator of the group, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, also congratulated the people of Edo over the peaceful conduct of the election.
“The outcome of Edo election has put an end to the era when electoral contests were executed like a war.
“’We congratulate the people of Edo and commend them for the peaceful conduct of the election.
“We commend INEC, the security agencies and all political parties that took part in the election, for demonstrating unwavering support toward the success of the exercise.
“I also want to thank the civil society groups for doing such an excellent job and making great sacrifices. It is our prayer that every election in the country will be peaceful,” he said.
The coordinator, however, appreciated the efforts of the immediate past National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other stakeholders, for demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship before, during and after the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Obaseki, the incumbent governor, easily won a second tenure after flooring many challengers including APC’s Pastor Pius Ize-Iyamu, who came second.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba and Ephraims Sheyin