There is no ceasefire in sight between Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
Oshiomole had while announcing the governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State in Abuja on Friday said he will not allow the Imo Governor to build a political dynasty for himself. He said Senator Hope Uzodinma’s name was forwarded to INEC as the party’s governorship candidate in Imo State
The APC National Chairman also apologized to the Catholic church in Imo State over Okorocha’s action towards them.
Okorocha on Monday fired back at Oshiomole describing his apology to the Catholic church as a well tailored blackmail against him.
A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo reads
“National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was reported in the media to have apologized to the Catholic Church in Imo State and the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Diocese, Bishop Anthony Obinna for whatever “Sin” Governor Rochas Okorocha must have committed against them.
“The APC National Chairman did not mention the sins that warranted the apology. He kept his audience guessing.
“In responding to that deliberate blackmail, we won’t toe the path of Comrade Oshiomhole. We recognize the fact that he is the National Chairman of a ruling Party which President Muhammadu Buhari is the leader, and we would not therefore throw caution to the wind like he did, when he was abusing or attacking governors in his party as if he is the Publicity Secretary of any of the Political Parties in opposition.
“If he had asked question, he would have discovered that members of the Catholic Church in the State Constitute the bulk of Governor Okorocha’s supporters especially at the grassroots.
“They voted for him overwhelmingly in 2011 and 2015 respectively. And he has never taken their support for granted. He has shown gratitude in several ways which cannot be catalogued in this response, including making them majority in his cabinet.
“And for Archbishop Obinna, the governor holds him in a very high esteem and has no personal problem with that outstanding man of God. But the truth is that the Archbishop perhaps expects the perfect Leadership expected in heaven to be established in Imo which is not possible. And that could be the reason he had had issues with Col Tanko Zubairu, Achike Udenwa and indeed Ikedi Ohakim.
“The Archbishop is the spiritual father of the governor. And the governor has never let him down. And Comrade Oshiomhole should find out from President Buhari whether Governor Okorocha took him to the Archbishop in 2015 when he came on Campaign for a private meeting that lasted more than an hour.
“To us, that was a high demonstration of respect and regard. But guess what? Two days after, the newspaper owned by the Archbishop came up with a banner headline “Alhaji in Government House” and part of the story was that the governor was taking young Igbos to the North to be Islamized. All these were part of the Campaigns to discourage Imo people from voting for him, APC and President Buhari. These are the issues.
“So, Comrade Oshiomhole’s apology was a badly tailored blackmail. And somewhat inciting. He is only trying to justify the blunder he contracted and dispatched Ahmed Gulak to commit in Owerri. And the man has put himself on trial. And that is the reason since that woeful and awful outing he has made more than nine claims to see how he could recover, but all to no avail. He murdered sleep and would remain awake.
“We want to remind Comrade Oshiomhole that he is the National Chairman of a ruling party. His actions and utterances should reflect the dignity such office carries. For instance, when Governor Okorocha spoke to the media after meeting with Mr. President, one could see maturity in his speech. He didn’t start calling Oshiomhole names because calling names is meant for touts.
“As a matter of fact the National Chairman didn’t treat the concerned governors well no matter his reasons. He should not expect them to go home celebrating. In the circumstance, his utterances and actions should be responsive and reconciliatory, to a very large extent. And not declaration of war.