Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State have described Governor Rochas Okorocha’s suspension by the party’s National Working Committee as well deserved.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the development on Saturday, a party chieftain, Dr. Jude Agu, said Okorocha had been engaged in anti-party activities in his pursuit to making his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, succeed him as governor.
Agu said Okorocha would have been suspended long ago to check his bad influence in the party.
He said the NWC of the APC should equally suspend Okorocha’s allies in the party, whom he said were also involved in anti-party activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NWC on Friday suspended Okorocha for anti-party activities.
But Okorocha in his reaction to the suspension through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said some APC leaders were after him over 2023 politics.
He also said the suspension was meant to stop him from holding a critical position in the Senate, adding that the suspension would eventually fail.
John Anyanwu, a former Commissioner in Imo State, said with the suspension of Okorocha, APC had better chances of winning the state’s governorship election.
Anyanwu said if Okorocha was allowed, he would definitely work against the APC candidate in the state, Hope Uzodinma.
An APC woman leader in Obowo Local Government Area, Rose Ibeawuchi, said Okorocha”s suspension had restored confidence in the party.
Ibeawuchi said: “We were all in dark days during the imposition of the governor’s son in-law on the party.
“Now that he has been suspended, we will have another opportunity to tell our supporters who the APC governorship candidate really is.”
However, the Imo State chapter of the party has called for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over the suspension of Okorocha and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
This was made known at a press conference in Owerri on Saturday by the state APC Chairman, Daniel Nwafor, who said the suspension of the two governors was null and void.
Nwafor said since Oshiomhole emerged the party’s national chairman, he had been disregarding the party’s constitution.
He said: “I was with the APC chairman from Ogboko ward where the governor hails from.
“There was no letter from the NWC to him to query the governor for any offence.
“The truth is that Oshiomhole is a man who has no respect for rule of law.
“He has penchant for disobeying valid court judgments and orders.
“We demand his immediate resignation from the APC.
“Adams Oshiomhole has outlived his usefulness in the APC.
“As a party we will not honour that purported suspension.
“It is null and void and of no effect.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha remains the leader of the APC in Imo State.”