*Says Presidency Not In Support Of Oshiomole To Drop His Son Law For Guber Ticket
*CONSTANCE IGWE, ABUJA*
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Thursday opened up on details of his private meeting with President Muhhamadu Buhari on at the State House, Abuja concerning the lingering battle for the governorship ticket of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State.
Speaking to newsmen after meeting the President, he said the presidency is not in support of what the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole was doing in some States.
The meeting came after a Nigerian Daily newspaper, VANGUARD reported yesterday that the National Working Committee of the APC has handed Senator Hope Uzodinma the governorship ticket of the APC in Imo State.
Okorocha said “Oshiomhole is on his own in this whole thing; there is no presidency support for him to refuse those who won elections and give wrong candidates who did not win election.
“So, this is the matter and I will simply say it is not on the consent of the presidency; he is on his own.
“I also requested that Oshiomhole must learn to respect the rule of law and obey court orders where they apply; this issue of court orders as tissue papers must stop; it does not reflect the image of our party.
“He must act quickly to fix the integrity of this party because his coming ought to have brought in joy into the party not sadness.’’ he said.
He said he came to see the President to clear the air that the Presidency was behind Adams Oshiomole, the APC National Chairman, was doing in some of the States, saying there was no form of instruction from the President directing the National Chairman to anything illegal
He denied reports that he will leave the APC for another party if the APC fails to name Uche Nwosu as the governorship candidate of the APC.
“Oshiomhole is on his own in this whole thing; there is no presidency support for him to refuse those who won elections and give wrong candidates who did not win election.
He assured that as long as President Buhari is the President of Nigeria and leader of the party, the APC will not disintegrate.
“He cannot stand on Hope Uzodinma because the gentleman did not win election; you cannot compare somebody who won 265,000 votes to somebody who won 7,000 votes.
“He did not; he never won the election and Oshiomhole cannot impose candidates unacceptable to people on the people.
“He should do the right thing before he creates more disaffection for our party; I do not think the National Working Committee (NWC) will not submit the name of Hope Uzodinma.
“In the first place, NWC sent a 13-man delegation who conducted election and 12 of them signed proving that Uche Nwosu won the election with 265,000 votes as against Hope who had less than 7,000 votes.
“He cannot do that and there is a letter to that effect from NWC saying Uche Nwosu won; there is a certificate of return given to Uche Nwosu; there is a police report saying Uche Nwosu; there is INEC report saying Uche Nwosu.
“Nobody can do that; and if they do that, that must be worst imposition in history,’’ he said