By Ayo Kehinde
The last is yet to be heard on the war of wits between Governor Rochas Okorocha and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the conduct of ward congress in Imo state as both parties have continue to maintained their hard stance after meeting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday.
Okorocha emerged from the meeting with Osinbajo and told journalist that no Congress held anywhere in Imo state last weekend, while stakeholders led by Theodore Ekechi Osinbajo maintained the Congress held.
“What did not hold”, said Ekechi, “ was our resistance and prevention of the old ways that has passed away, whereby results of 305 wards in the state would be written by one man in Government House, Owerri. By the jubilations on the streets, reactions on social media, it is very clear that APC in Imo state has returned to the owners”
“What is clear”, Okorocha counters, “The documents in video and INEC, the security agents and state party chairman have confirmed that no congress held in the state. Results sheets were not seen. Nobody came to the field. Chairman of the panel disappeared until 6 O’clock on that Saturday. How could there have been congress.”
He concluded by stating that a new date for the congress had been fixed for next Saturday. But the stakeholders said there would be no such thing, which means both parties may have begun the journey to the parting of ways.
Few weeks to the conduct of the congress, the stakeholders had converged at the Abuja headquarters of the party to register their complaints and were assured by party National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun that their complaints would be addressed.
After the conduct of the congress, an outsmarted Okorocha had led a delegation to Daura, Katsina state where he intended to register his compliant with President Buhari before he jetted to the UK for medical treatment, last week.
With the unsuccessful attempts by party leaders to intervene, it is yet to be seen how the local party leaders can resolve the crisis currently tearing it apart in the only state in the southeast where APC maintains a catchy presence about to be flung away on the alter of politics.