Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor, on Tuesday, assessed the leadership of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor concluded that the party leaders must have overrated Oyegun’s capacity to have allowed him to succeed Chief Bisi Akande as National Chairman of the party.
He argued that Chief Odigie-Oyegun had taken the party backwards by several kilometres to the extent that, at present, there was no state in the federation in which the party did not have crisis or faction.
According to the governor, the way Chief Oyegun had pursued the issue of elongation also showed how selfish and greedy he was.
Okorocha insisted that Odigie-Oyegun was not interested in the well-being or future of the party, but was only interested in keeping his position as National Chairman of the APC.
He alleged that it was because of Odigie-Oyegun’s sit-tight tendency that he was after anybody who opposed the tenure elongation of the party’s exco.
In a statement in Owerri by Sam Onwuemeodo, his Chief Press Secretary, Okorocha argued that the worst thing that would have happened to APC was to allow Chief Oyegun to continue as the National Chairman of the party.
He said Chief Akande never tried to destroy the party because he was leaving as the pioneer chairman, noting that Chief Odigie-Oyegun, on the other hand, wanted to destroy the party because he was leaving.
“He is not patriotic. In the case of Imo, he disobeyed two court orders with regards to the congresses in Imo and the inauguration of strange elements as state officials of the party just to get at Governor Okorocha, because of the issue of elongation.
“And we have no option now than to ask our lawyers to press for his imprisonment and that of Osita Izunaso and all those who were involved in the lawlessness,” Okorocha said.
He added: “The only thing Chief Oyegun has achieved in his anger against Governor Okorocha is encouraging elements with no electoral value like Osita Okechukwu and those from Imo to be insulting the governor. And these are people who cannot win their booths in an election.
“The same elements came together during the Anambra State governorship election. The governor stayed away and at the end of the day, they could not justify their noise-making.
“They have also started again. And these are people who have been running election since 2007 and have not won any.”
He recalled that Chief Odigie-Oyegun was also quoted to have said in an interview that the South-East or Imo APC stakeholders were united against Governor Okorocha.
“Let them hold South-East rally or Imo rally at a venue and let Rochas hold his own at another location and let’s see the outcome,” Okorocha said.
The governor boasted that he won his election in 2011 without any of those he called media-created politicians and also won in 2015 without them.
He said he would also make the party win in 2019 without them, dismissing them as noise-makers.
He continued: “In case Chief Oyegun does not know, Imo APC members won’t allow any faction. The APC in Imo, and even in the South-East, is Governor Okorocha’s making.”
“And it will be foolish of anybody to think that he would build the party and allow cowards to take it over.
“If they have the political strength, let them go and pick a party and present a candidate, and it would be very interesting.
“And if Rochas Okorocha is no more the political figure to watch in Imo, why then are they bothered about the ambition of Uche Nwosu?
“Why is the issue of Uche Nwosu giving them unprecedented headache?
“They are bothered because they feel that with the governor behind Uche Nwosu, he would win. And they are right.”