- APC accuses Governor Rochas Okorocha of making libellous claims against its leadership
- The party’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, dismisses claims by the governor that the APC was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo state congress
- The bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Imo, Reverend Geoffrey Okorafor, faults Governor Okorocha's move to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu in his place come 2109
The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state that it will no longer tolerate further attacks from him.
The party gave the warning on Wednesday, June 13, in response to an advertorial in a national daily in which the party accused the governor of making some wild and libellous claims against the leadership of the APC.
The APC in statement made available to NAIJ.com through its national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, dismissed claims by Okorocha that the party was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo state congress following receipt of a purported copy of the court injunction which directed it to maintain status quo.
The APC doubted the authenticity of the purported injection on the basis that the published court papers revealed that the party was served the court rulings on May 18, 2018, while the ward and local government congresses which produced the recently inaugurated party executives from the state was held on May 5th and 14th, 2018 respectively, four days before the court ruling was issued.
APC said: "The import of the allegations was that the Party was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo State Congress following receipt of a copy of the so-called court injunction which directed it to maintain status quo.
"But nothing can be further from the truth. Even the published documents in the advertorial do not support this position and in fact gave a lie to the governor’s version of events, that the Party was duly served and prevented from going ahead with the Congress in Imo state.
"A cursory look at the published court papers revealed that the Party was served the so-called court rulings on May 18, 2018, while the Ward and Local Government Congresses which produced the recently inaugurated Party executives from the state was held on May 5th and 14th, 2018 respectively, four days before the court ruling was issued.
"In fact, we strongly believe that the court ruling being paraded as injunction does not serve Governor Okorocha’s interest. At the time of the ruling a new set of Party executives had been validly elected, consequently the court ruling directing that the status quo is maintained, actually means that no one should interfere with the newly elected APC party executives in the state.
"Also in the advertorial, a so-called internal Party memo was published, which purportedly showed that we were aware of the pendency of the legal issues involving the congresses in Imo and Abia States. The published ‘memo’ by the agents of the Imo State Governor is fake. No such memo was generated by our Party. A casual look will reveal the inconsistency of the published document.
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"The memo, according to the published advertorial, was generated by the Chief of Staff to the APC National Chairman, Edwin Ikhinmwin but was signed by the Party’s Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN). It is impossible for such an incoherent document to have emerged from our Party, or any sane organisation - for one person to generate a memo and another person to sign it!
"Indeed Banire, our Party’s Legal Adviser and the Chief of Staff, have denounced the document as fake, stating clearly that they neither originated nor signed such memo. This is therefore, a clear case of forgery borne out of desperation. We are currently seeking legal advice on how to proceed with the matter to ensure that those culpable are identified and duly punished.
"The sensible thing to do when you find yourself in a ditch is to stop digging. We therefore, once again urge Governor Okorocha to tread the path of caution and reconciliation and to work with the duly elected Party executives in the state for the good of the Party. We shall however not tolerate his constant assault on the Party, either directly or through proxies."
Meanwhile, Reverend Geoffrey Okorafor, the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Imo, has said that Governor Rochas Okorocha has not only failed God, but has also disappointed the people of the state.
This is as a chieftain of APC and Okorocha’s former aide, Theodore Ekechi, described the process adopted by the governor to replace himself with his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, in the state as “a charade and an insult to the integrity and dignity of Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu people.
While Okorafor bared his mind during a Eucharistic service at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu, Owerri North local government area of the state, Ekechi voiced his thought in a media chat in Owerri.
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