…Accuses him of making “libellous Attacks on our Party and its Leaders”
By Ayo Kehinde
The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Party, APC has accused the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of making libellous attacks on the party and its leaders on a daily occurrence over the recently concluded congresses in Imo State and warned him to toe the line of decency or risk facing heavy sanctions.
According to the party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Wednesday, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Okorocha had exposed his desperation and libellous bent in “an advertorial published in the Daily Trust Newspaper of June 11, 2018 and titled in part: “Let The Truth Speak For Itself” which was signed by a known associate of Governor Okorocha, one Hon. Ireagwu Obioma, who styles himself as ‘Acting Secretary, Imo AC”.
He said: “The import of the allegations was that the Party was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo State Congress following receipt of a copy of the so-called court injunction which directed it to maintain status quo. But nothing can be further from the truth. Even the published documents in the advertorial do not support this position and in fact gave a lie to the governor’s version of events, that the Party was duly served and prevented from going ahead with the Congress in Imo state.
“A cursory look at the published court papers revealed that the Party was served the so-called court rulings on May 18, 2018, while the Ward and Local Government Congresses which produced the recently inaugurated Party executives from the state was held on May 5th and 14th, 2018 respectively, four days before the court ruling was issued. In fact, we strongly believe that the court ruling being paraded as injunction does not serve Governor Okorocha’s interest. At the time of the ruling a new set of Party executives had been validly elected, consequently the court ruling directing that the status quo is maintained, actually means that no one should interfere with the newly elected APC party executives in the state.
“Also in the advertorial, a so-called internal Party memo was published, which purportedly showed that we were aware of the pendency of the legal issues involving the congresses in Imo and Abia States. The published ‘memo’ by the agents of the Imo State Governor is fake. No such memo was generated by our Party. A casual look will reveal the inconsistency of the published document.
“The memo, according to the published advertorial, was generated by the Chief of Staff to the APC National Chairman, Edwin Ikhinmwin but was signed by the party’s Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN). It is impossible for such an incoherent document to have emerged from our Party, or any sane organisation – for one person to generate a memo and another person to sign it!
“Indeed Banire, our party’s Legal Adviser and the Chief of Staff, have denounced the document as fake, stating clearly that they neither originated nor signed such memo. This is therefore, a clear case of forgery borne out of desperation. We are currently seeking legal advice on how to proceed with the matter to ensure that those culpable are identified and duly punished.
“The sensible thing to do when you find yourself in a ditch is to stop digging. We therefore, once again urge Governor Okorocha to tread the path of caution and reconciliation and to work with the duly elected party executives in the state for the good of the party. We shall however not tolerate his constant assault on the party, either directly or through proxies.
Few days ago,Okorocha in a statement titled ‘APC Leaders Over-Rated John Oyegun’s Capacity At The Beginning’ and signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, his Chief Press Secretary on Tuesday, accused the national chairman of meddling in the politics of the state chapter of the party because of the governor’s stout stand against his ambition to recontest the party chairmanship. Oyegun has since official announced his withdrawal from the race.
‘… 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.”, said Okorocha in the statement.
‘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. 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.
He said his undisputed leadership of the party in the statement and by extension in the Southeast geo-political zone is incontestable and his decision to make his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, governor on the party’ platform is the real source of fear and worry of his enemies
‘And if Rochas Okorocha is no more the political figure to watch in Imo, why then are they bothered about the ambition of Uche Nwosu. Why is the issue of Uche Nwosu giving them unprecedented headache? They are bothered because they feel that with the Governor behind Uche Nwosu, he would win. And they are right…”