Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has made it clear that he cannot be suspended from the governing All Progressive Congress, APC.
Okorocha is the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, an assemblage of APC Governors in Nigeria.
He said never at any time was he suspended or expelled from the party as the APC never contemplated doing that and would not have any reason to think about that.
Reacting to media reports of his imminent suspension from the party, Okorocha through a Statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, said there is no faction in Imo APC as only one APC exists and led Hon. Daniel Nwafor as Chairman and himself as leader of the party.
Part of the statement reads “There is also no faction in Imo APC. There is only one APC in the State with Hon. Daniel Nwafor as the Chairman and Owelle Rochas Okorocha as the leader. Any other group Claiming to be a faction of Imo APC must obviously be a gang of 419ers or league of fraudsters who are experts in issuance of dud cheques and collecting billions for jobs not done.
“The only contentious issue in Imo APC is that the National Chairman of the Party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole imposed a known PDP member and a known character in the State on the Party as its governorship Candidate, and by so doing, pushing the party and its members to a very tight corner especially when it comes to the issue of marketing a Candidate.
“If Mr. Oshiomhole didn’t want the preferred Candidate of members of the Party in the State, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, for any reason, and if he actually meant well for Imo APC, he would have taken one of the Guber Aspirants that formed the Coalition who are known members of the Party, and who is also from Owerri zone since that was the reason some of them in the Coalition Claimed that made them to leave the government.
He accused the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole of imposing a candidate on the party.
“Aside this problem, Oshiomhole also told his audience that he has dissolved the EXCOs of the Party from the State to the wards in total disregard of a ruling by Hon. Justice O.A. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Bwari Abuja, delivered on August 14, 2018 in Suit No: FCT/HC/BW/CV/103/2018.
“In the ruling, Justice Musa stated; “An order of perpetual injunction is hereby made restraining the 1st and 2nd Defendants either by themselves, the National Working Committee, or National Executive Committee from either removing, substituting, replacing, suspending or interfering with the tenure of the 3rd Defendant/Claimant, his Executive and all elected officers of the 1st Defendant contained in exhibits A,B,C and D from their elected offices”.
“And to the best of our knowledge, Justice Musa’s ruling has neither been appealed against nor quashed. In other words, Mr. Oshiomhole decided to urinate on the High Court ruling when he said he has dissolved the Daniel Nwafor EXCO and has set up the M.O. Nlemigbo Caretaker Committee. One therefore does not need to be a SAN to know that the National Chairman’s action was null, void and of no effect. It was effort in futility and that is why a contempt charge has been filed against him.