The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepened yesterday as Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha urged the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop dropping President Muhammadu Buhari’s name in perpetrating illegality in the party.
Okorocha, who fielded questions from journalists after meeting with President Buhari, lamented that the party had lost about five million members due to impunity under Oshomhole’s leadership.
His words: “I have to clarify that the presidency is not behind what Oshiomhole is doing in some of the states and which has affected our party negatively.
“From my understanding of Mr. President, there is no such directive for Oshiomhole to do anything illegal or create injustice. So, the party Chairman is on his own in this whole thing.”
He lamented that National Leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was in the state House on Wednesday, where he applauded Oshiomhole, saying the APC Chairman had piloted the affairs of the party well and that those who are angry should join hands to build the party.
But Okorocha said: “The presidency is not in support of him to refuse candidates who won elections and give wrong candidates who did not win election. He is not doing those things with the President’s consent.
“I also requested that Oshiomhole should learn to respect the rule of law and obey court orders where they apply. Disobeying court orders must stop because it does not reflect the image of our party.”
Okorocha, who is Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, however, discountenanced insinuations that the party was on the verge of disintegration.
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