By Ezeocha Nzeh
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, stakeholders from Imo State All Progressives Congress yesterday blamed the activities of the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of been responsible for the inability of the South East People to fully embrace the ruling the party.
The group, who accused Governor Okorocha’s of sabourtaging the efforts of other leaders of the APC, leading to its the poor performance and poor growth in the zone, warned that he party may experience a similar treatment in the upcoming election, iof the activities of the Imo State governor are not checked.
The stakeholders stated this in a letter signed by Senators Ben Uwajumogu, Hope Uzodinma, Ifeanyi Ararume, APC National Publicity Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, Chairman, TETFUND Board, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Hon. Austin Chukwukere and Hon. Mike Ohia, which they presented to APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the national headquarters of the party.
They regretted that Okorocha’s bad administration in the Imo State and high hardness in the party had made it difficult for South East people to embrace APC.
Speaking to the Press after submitting their letter, the spokesperson of the stakeholders, Dr. TOE Ekechi, said that their mission was to rescue the party from oblivion.
They warned that the APC will risk extinction in Imo state and possibly the entire South East, if the plan of the Imo State governor succeeds by giving the party’s governorship ticket to his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
In the letter, the stakeholders said, “We write to thank you and the entire National Working Committee of our great party for standing firm to the rules and guidelines of our party and upholding our duly conducted and video recorded congresses across our State, inspite of the unruly and unlawful conduct/misconduct of our state governor, who happens to be one of our party members.
“You will recall sir, that this State was the first State that the President visited as President elect to campaign to assure and salvage the almost lost chance of our APC State on account of the total rejection of this governor by the people of Imo State and the entire South East, which was clear in the results of the presidential and national assembly elections wherein the party won only 5% of votes in the Presidential and only 2 of the 41 South east seats in Federal House and none at all in the Senate. That result was a consequence of the action of a governor who being the only one in the party in the South East had ruined the economy of Imo State where for the 43 months to 2015 and the 36 months in this second tenure had sequestered all the allocation to the 27 Local Government of the State for the use of himself and his family.
“There are no accounts as demanded by our Constitution, no local governments as required by S.7, and no annual budget as required by S. 120. The State lies comatose in the face of the profligate of his governance or non-governance that has turned Imo State to the butt of all jokes, be it the constant invitation of foreign heads of government to massage his imaginery status of a leader of Imo State (nation) by moulding their statues, or creating ministries to equate them, such as that of Happiness, or trying to install those of his blood line in offices.
Also, the spokesperson of the commented on the ward and local government congresses held in the state. According to him, against the governor’s claim that there were no congresses, congresses were held in all the Ward and Local government, adding that the party was also set to conduct the State congress on Saturday.
He posited that the stakeholders have decimated the governor in the state as all the places he had run to, he has not got any help.