The report gave the impression that there is crisis in the Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the disciplinary action taken by the party leadership in the state against one or two officials of the party at the local government level.
According to those behind the media report, the issue could lead to a “showdown between the governor and the National Working Committee (NWC)” of the party. And it is important that we put the record straight so that those who planted the false story won’t go home celebrating.
The truth is that there is no crisis or misunderstanding within the rank and file of APC in Imo State. Infact, the APC in Imo is like a family. It is enviously united. And with such exceptional unity, the party was able to confront and submerge all the arsenal of PDP and fully backed with all the Federal Government apparatus in the 2015 election and the party (APC) was able to win the governorship election and also secured more than fifty percent in the presidential election which was doctored by the PDP elements using security agencies.
Those who planted the false media story were not there when the situation was hot and people needed to raise their fingers to be counted. They have joined the party with stiff governorship ambition. And they feel that the best way to pursue their ambition is to create division in the party and market falsehood.
In their desperation, they have relocated to Abuja and in their imaginations have the feeling that they could be made governor in Abuja and then brought home for inauguration. And they also believe they could achieve that by telling unfortunate lies against Governor Okorocha.
The governor has repeatedly said that every Imo man or woman who feels qualified can vie for the governorship of the state. But what the APC members in the state would not allow anybody to do, is to create confusion or division in the party.
Again, the governor’s contention that those above fifty years should drop their guber ambitions was his own personal opinion and advisory too, and people should not loose sleep over that innocent view.
Once again, Imo APC is intact and the governor, as a highly experienced and endowed party man would continue to work with the NWC and other patriotic stakeholders in the party to continue to keep the flag of APC flying.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.