Imo All Progressives Congress Stakeholders Forum has told the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, that Governor Rochas Okorocha’s overbearing attitude is hurting the party in the state.
Oke Ikoro, the Chairman of the forum, said this in Abuja on Wednesday when a delegation of the forum visited the NWC. According to him, APC in Imo has been appropriated by Gov. Rochas Okorocha who ” has completely privatised the party” through his activities.
Ikoro said there was so much anger, acrimony and bitterness among party members.
”This is why we have come here to lend our grievances to the NWC, we came to express our disappointment on the leadership of Gov. Rochas Okorocha, his activities and the APC under him.
”We didn´t want to say this with word of mouth but we have put it in writing so that you can have a critical look at it after we had gone,” he said.
Ikoro said that the stakeholders had to bring the matter to NWC after trying without success to address it at the state level. He alleged that some of the governor´s actions in the state were not friendly and were forcing members out of the party rather than bringing membership to the fold.
He cited examples like the demolition of markets and indiscriminate revocation of land titles without due process. He also criticised the governor´s plan to install his son-in-law as the next governor of Imo.
Ikoro also accused Okorocha of plotting to influence the congress by ensuring that his cronies were put in elective offices. He said that the party leadership should intervene to prevent the governor from hijacking the process.
In his response, the APC National Chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, said there was nothing to celebrate in the report. He said that the saving grace was that the stakeholders were all dedicated and did not storm out of the party. He said Imo must lead in the South- East to ensure the party´s electoral victory in 2019 and as such the unity of the party was critical to achieve the goal.
Odigie-Oyegun said that as far as the coming party congresses were concerned, the leadership was determined to ensure free, fair and level playing field for all aspirants in spite of what anyone thought.
He charged the stakeholders to prove their worth by ensuring that the right things were done and that true reconciliation was achieved in the party in Imo.