The coalition of Imo state All Progressives Congress, APC, known as Allied forces, Thursday applauded Imo citizens for casting their votes against the wish of governor Rochas Okorocha, at the just concluded governorship/House of Assembly elections in the state.
The former commissioner for Information and convener for the APC, Coalition, Theodore Ekechi, alongside other members spoke at Imerienwe, Ngor Okpala local government area in Imo state.
It should be recalled that Okorocha fell apart with members of his party, most of whom then were serving in his government, because of his decision to support his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as the next governor of Imo state.
The drama led to the formation of the group called Coalition of Imo All Progressives Congress, APC, March 7, 2018, with the sole aim of stopping Okorocha from making Nwosu, governor.
At exactly a year after, the group had met and said that their mission was accomplished despite, their party, APC, did not win the governorship position in Imo state.
However, the Imo state governorship/House of Assembly elections had been concluded, with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha, emerged winner with the total votes of 273,404 to defeat other candidates in the race, where Okorocha’s preferred successor, Nwosu came second with 190,364 votes under the Action Action, AA.
According to Ekechi, Okorocha should quickly prepare his handover note as well as march forward to ask God for forgiveness, adding that Okorocha had failed because he rebuffed all the advice given to him.
Expressing how impressed his members have been, Ekechi said: “Diligently and dutifully, some of us who were close to him on the account that we worked in his administration, on numerous occasions, advised him against most of his anti people policies and openly counseled him against the syndrome of his self-exaggerated opinion of his popularity.
“But like the stubborn tsetse fly, he could only hear the voice of his even greedier, unforgiving and more ambitious spouse and therefore eventually ended in the grave along with the coffin.
“Probably, Okorocha’s greatest undoing was his laughable and nauseating attempt of brazenly foisting his errand-boy son-in-law who then doubled as his chief of staff as his successor, thereby reducing succession to a lowly, sexually transmitted process.”
He described Okorocha’s actions as “an insult to the sensitivity of every sane Imo citizen. Every attempt made to get Okorocha rescind his Uche Nwosu hallucination was greeted with unmitigated disdain and rebuff. By this time, Okorocha who had lost Imo peoples’ support remained foolhardy.
He recalled that, “Consequently, it was a risk of a suicide proportion that we convened and issued the March 7, 2018 Imerienwe declaration, where we articulated a historic and symbolic seven-point resolution. The Imerienwe Declaration remains the watershed in the struggle against impunity and ‘self succession’ bid. It shattered Okorocha’s infantile dream of a third term by proxy.
“While reiterating then our unalloyed loyalty to him as the leader of APC, we were quick to warn that APC was “headed for a shameful, abysmal and colossal failure in the State in the 2019 elections, and this will tragically cut across and regrettably affect all of the Presidential, Governorship, National Assembly and State House of assembly chances”: How right we could be! How much we could be vindicated!!
“True to our prediction Okorocha’s and his wife’s inordinate ambition of imposing their errand-boy son-in-law on Imo people, coupled with his rudderless leadership of perfidy and not paying attention to processes and proceedings expectedly cost the APC not just the governorship seat but also national assembly as well as state assembly positions.”
Okorocha said among other things that, “May we therefore, without equivocations, congratulate Imo people on their typical resolve, resilience, courage, patriotism and sacrifices in characteristically taking their destiny into their hands.
“Imo people shunned the lure of stolen billions of naira from our treasure to stand down a vicious emperor who was instituting an undeserved dynasty unknown to the republican Igbo culture.
“Our people, our people, we thank you for redeeming our dignity and self pride by shutting up and shutting out Okorocha and his greedy family out of Imo peoples’ lives. Never again shall we condone the breeding of this kind of rascally, irresponsible impunity in the governance of Imo State again. Never! Ozoemena!
“He should forget the idea of challenging the matter in court as that will exacerbate the fury of a badly injured people. He should rather concentrate on the messy task of preparing his hand over note while devoting time in this Lenten season to seek the face of God on the very, very imminence of May 29.
“We cannot end this address without recognizing for posterity the undersigned patriots who, for the sake of Imo freedom, sacrificed rewarding opportunities, juicy Government appointments, their personal/family safety and property to confront a menacing and rampaging power hunter.”
Nothing To Attract Fayose To ‘Confused’ APC — Ex-Gov’s Aide
Lere Olayinka, media aide to former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that there is nothing that can attract any right thinking politician to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) let alone his principal.
Olayinka said this in a statement on Friday in reaction to a statement by the APC in Ekiti State, that Fayose was not qualified to join the party.
Olayinka said “it is funny that the APC in Ekiti State lied and went further to react to its own lies.”
He added; “As I write, Fayose is presently in a meeting of major stakeholders of the PDP in Ekiti State in the house of Senator Clement Awoyelu.”
He admonished the ruling party to focus its attention on its non-performing government.
He described the report of Fayose’s threat to join APC should his adopted candidate for the State chairmanship of the PDP, Hon Bisi Kolawole, fails in the forthcoming State Congress as figment of the imagination of those peddling it.
“The story of Fayose’s threat to leave PDP for the APC is one of the lies from the APC factory of lies and it is even more childish that the party in Ekiti State went ahead to react to its own lies,” he said.
While saying there was nothing to attract any right thinking politician to the APC, Olayinka asked; “is it the killings and kidnappings going on across the country?
“Is it the pariah State that Nigeria has become such that USA had to place the country on visa restrictions? Is it the huge debt the country has been plunged into? Or is it the directionless state of the country?
“Is it the sacking of over 3,000 workers by the non-performing APC government in Ekiti State?
“Most importantly, is it the confused state of the APC, which has made even the State Chairman of the party in Ekiti State, Mr. Paul Omotoso, to join others in calling for the removal of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole?
“What is there in the APC to attract someone like Fayose, who is known for his stand in support of the masses of Nigeria that are being made to suffer more hardship by the APC government?
“They can continue to hallucinate about everything Ayodele Fayose, while he continues with his task of to rebuild the PDP in Ekiti State with a view to returning to power in 2022.”
UPP Merges With APC
The United Progressive Party (UPP), on Friday, said it had merged with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Consequently, it said that it would not take the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over its deregistration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UPP was recently deregistered by INEC alongside 73 other political parties.
Dr Chekwas Okorie, a former National Chairman of UPP, in a statement in Abuja, said that the decision was reached by all stakeholders in the party.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other stakeholders of UPP met on Feb. 20 at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
“We reviewed the action of INEC in deregistering UPP along with 73 other political parties and we resolved not to challenge INEC in the court of law.
“ We, however, commend the parties that have headed for the court, knowing that it is within their constitutional right to approach the courts for judicial intervention,’’ Okorie said.
He hinted that the party reviewed a number of options available to it, including the hands of fellowship extended to our party by some of the political parties that survived the INEC deregistration.
Okorie said that on Aug. 17, 2018, the party’s NEC opted to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term, during which its members were directed to campaign for APC.
He said that the directive was carried out without any dissenting voice from the party nationwide.
“In view of our present circumstances, our party resolved unanimously that the most logical follow-up to our earlier chosen political trajectory would be to collapse all our structures from the ward to the national level into APC.
“We have, therefore, directed our members at all levels to proceed to register as members of APC at their various wards of origin or those where they are resident.
“Before arriving at this final decision, we consulted widely, not only among ourselves but with the leaders and stakeholders of APC where we have been assured of a warm welcome and equal opportunities for all bona fide members of the ruling party,’’ he said.
Okorie, who recalled that UPP was registered on Oct. 22, 2012 and existed for almost eight years, noted that the party exhibited the highest level of internal party democracy, discipline and cohesion within the period of its existence.
He also said that within the period, UPP never experienced any division at any level of the party’s administration and structure.
He, therefore, urged UPP members to exhibit this commendable character in the APC so that they would stand out as disciplined members of the APC and contribute their own quota to the growth of the party.
You’re Not Qualified To Join Us — APC Tells Fayose
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has advised a former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, to perish the thought of defecting to the APC.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Ade Ajayi, said this in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.
He said the party was not a dumping ground “for failed politicians,” adding that Fayose was not wanted in the party because of his antecedents.
This was contained in a statement he signed. Ajayi described the APC as “a disciplined, refined and integrity-inclined type which would not tolerate people like Fayose,” adding that “Fayose is not qualified to be a member of the APC in the state.”
The party, which was reacting to a statement allegedly credited to Fayose to the effect that he would defect to the APC if his ordained Peoples Democratic Party state chairmanship aspirant failed in his bid for the job.
To this, Ajayi said, “We will not welcome him to the great and decent family in the state.
“It is better he stays back in his PDP to get it more destroyed instead of coming to a principled, disciplined, transparent, law-abiding and organised party like the APC.
“The Ekiti APC members know the people behind the masquerade and thereby warn people like Fayose not to turn the APC to a dumping ground where they can defect to.”