The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has boasted that but for him the All Progressives Congress (APC) could have anything the South-east.
The governor stated this when he angrily dismissed allegation that he was systematically ruining the reputation of and in fact the APC in the region.
The Voice of Nigeria (VON) director-general Osita Okochukwu had made the allegation while reacting to recent events involving the outgoing governor.
He made the remark while warning the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), and a chieftain of the APC, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
But Okorocha, who is battling INEC for his certificate of return as senator-elect for Imo-north, said he spent enormous resources to build the party across the zone nobody had faith that the fledgling APC would make any headway in the region.
“I toured the whole of South-east when nobody believed that the APC was going to see the light of the day and succeeded in winning the governorship for the party in Imo, 24 out of the 27 members of the House of Representatives, one Senate and five House of Representatives seats for the party.”
His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement claimed that the VON DG had continued his media attacks on Okorocha, saying “even when one had thought that with the 2019 elections over, he should have stopped his insults having seen that the election had proved that without him (Okorocha) there was nothing like All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East in general and Imo in particular.”
However, firing back, he said: “But prior to the 2019 election those playing the politics of 2023 in 2019 recruited men like Osita Okechukwu against Governor Okorocha, blackmailing him at the least opportunity they had, and gave the erroneous impression that without Okorocha, they could fly in Imo and South-east generally with APC.
“But in the 2019 election, the fact spoke for itself, that Okorocha truly holds the ace of APC both in Imo and in the South-east generally. And a careful look at the 2019 election results showed that Okorocha was in charge except that with the crisis men like Okechukwu created in Imo APC, INEC capitalized on that and I did some strange things.”
Okorocha said Okechukwu “lost all the elections for the party in his polling booth, ward and local government. Okorocha however challenged Okechukwu to publish the results of his booth, ward and local government in all the elections.
“He does not talk about APC in his state, but always talking about Imo APC because he knows, that is the only state in the South-east APC is grounded before they used wicked blackmail and unfounded propaganda to inject virus into the party.”