Some chieftains of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Imo met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, behind closed-doors without Rochas Okorocha, the governor of the state as crises within the party continue to deepen. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorocha, who was not in the meeting, was at the vice president wing of the Presidential Villa at the time.
The report said the APC leaders at the meeting included the state party chairman, national organising secretary, deputy governor, Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu and Ifeanyi Ararume and some commissioners. Okorocha had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura and later the vice president as he pushed for the cancellation of the congresses. A little drama, however, ensued when the APC delegation came out of the meeting. They had initially declined to speak with State House correspondents, but changed their mind when they saw Okorocha telling the correspondents that a new date for the congresses would be announced by the party.
The governor said: “There will be new congress; there was no congress at all in Imo state, and it is very clear that even the supporting documents and videos show that there was no congress. “INEC has confirmed no congress, security agencies have confirmed no congress, the party leadership has confirmed no congress, and the party chairman has spoken no congress. “And, nobody came to the field, the result sheets were missing and it was traceable to the national organizing secretary’s house (Sen Izunaso) and all of a sudden the chairman of the panel disappeared from his house at 6pm in the evening. “How could there have been congress? The matter is being investigated by the security agencies”
Continuing, the governor asked “If all these have been established, why did you (the APC chieftains) have to come with your delegates to see the VP? “I didn’t come for this meeting.”
On his own part, Theodore Ekechi, the spokesman for the Imo APC delegation and a former commissioner for information and strategy said the meeting with Osinbajo was very eventful. “We are grateful for the opportunity and privilege to tell the other side of the story. “I think by our presentations we have successfully deflated all the lies that have been peddled all over the country and within the state. “I think by our presentation today, we have been able to state clearly that congresses clearly and really held. “What did not take place in Imo state last Saturday was simply that we resisted the temptation, the intimidation, the blackmail to write the results of the congresses in the Government House, Owerri.
“What did not take place last week is that we said the old has passed away and things are going to be done anew in Imo state. “In other words, not one man determines the results of the congresses in the 305 wards of the state. It is very clear that APC has returned to the owners of the party, that is the people.
“You saw all those who came with the governor, his son-in law and newly recruited commissioners. “But here you are, this is Imo State, here we have the deputy governor of the state, the only elected senator of the south east under APC, former speaker house of assembly, Imo state, another former speaker house of assembly,” he said.