Sen. Rochas Okorocha, erstwhile Governor of Imo State, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) may collapse after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
Okorocha, who said he has never thought of leaving the party despite his travails, said the party appeared to only be together because of the reputation of Buhari and looks likely to collapse after his exit.
He said the party, rather than concentrate on governance was already planning for the 2023 presidential election.
“I have never thought of leaving the party; I feel that time will take care of most things but my only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari.
“For the moment, Buhari seems to be the strongest pillar upon which this party is built.
“If nothing is done to correct the injustices in our party at the national level, then, I fear that this party may disappear with Buhari’s exit.
“Our party is already busy thinking about presidency in 2023 and not supporting the issue of governance which is what we have right now.
“The score of our party or its assessment depends on what we have done with governance and what we have done with politics.
“These are some of the problems we have and thinking that being APC is a platform to catch political power.
“People have begun to zone where the president will come from and where he will not come from, leaving the issue of governance; so, these have been some of the challenges we have as a party but I hope they will be addressed.
“But that cannot be complete unless we do some surgical movement in the leadership of the party,” Okorocha added.
Okorocha also revealed that people of Imo hated him for sticking to APC. He said that he was named “Okoro Hausa” by his people who said he was building mosques.
He said he believed he was on the right course but was shocked that despite all his suffering and sacrifice for the party, he was suspended and abandoned when he needed help.
He said that he was instrumental in installing Adams Oshiomhole as the party’s national chairman.
He blamed his travails on some unnamed top leaders of the APC whom he accused of conniving with opposition elements in the state to undermine him politically.
On the allegations of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the governor of Imo, Okorocha challenged Gov. Ihedioha to try to surpass his record rather than the negative campaign against his administration.
“I challenge any government to do 50 per cent of what I achieved in Imo. I left N48.5 billion for the new government to take off.
“It is either the government of Ihedioha is confused or it is not relevant, if not, no normal thinking person will begin to witch-hunt me after all that I achieved in Imo,” he said.