Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, says the outgoing National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, is meant to be in prison for the way he has managed the affairs of the party as members are kicking against his re-appontment.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Governor Okorocha said Oyegun has allowed his selfish interest to override his sense of judgement and has taken the Party several years backward to the extent that today, there is no State chapter of the party where there is no crisis or factions. The statement in part reads
“The way Chief Oyegun has pursued the elongation of his tenure also showed how selfish and greedy, he is. He is not interested in the well-being or future of the party, but only interested in staying put as the National Chairman of the Party. And that is why he is after anybody who opposed the tenure elongation. The worst thing that would have happened to APC is to allow Chief Oyegun to continue as the National Chairman of the Party. It would have been worst for the Party. Chief Akande never tried to destroy the party when he was leaving as the pioneer Chairman, but Oyegun wants to destroy the party because he is leaving. He is not patriotic..
In the case of Imo, he disobeyed two court orders with regard to the congresses in Imo and the inauguration of strange elements as the state officials of the party just to get at Governor Okorocha because of the issue of elongation. And we have no option now than to ask our lawyers to press for his imprisonment and that of Osita Izunaso and all those who were involved in the lawlessness.”
Governor Okorocha stated that the APC in the Soutrh East is his making and he is certain that the party members in Imo state will not Oyegun createa fraction.
“In case Chief Oyegun does not know, Imo APC members won’t allow any faction. The APC in Imo and even in the South-East is Governor Okorocha’s making. And it will be foolish of anybody to think that he would build the party and allow cowards to take it over. If they have the political strength, let them go and pick a party and present a candidate, and it will be very interesting”the statement read