APC Crisis: Amosun, Okorocha Renew Attack On Oshiomhole
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his Ogun counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun have renewed their attacks on Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While Okorocha claimed the fortunes of the APC had witnessed a downturn since Oshiomhole took over, Amosun alleged that the party Chairman and his cohorts are working towards handing over Ogun to “a gang of expansionists.”
The two are among the aggrieved APC governors calling for Oshiomhole’s removal after the party primaries.
Amosun’s attack is contained in a statement written on his behalf by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye
Amosun, who was reacting to Oshiomhole’s defence on the crisis rocking the APC following its recent primaries, noted that Oshiomhole had visited injustice on Ogun State by not allowing the wishes of the people.
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The governor had reiterated that the only authentic governorship primary in the state was the one that produced Adekunle Akinlade.
While he accused Oshiomhole of not abiding by the rules and guidelines of the party, he said his attempts to hide under “false claims about conscience and integrity are cheap.”
On Oshiomhole’s claim that only three state governors were aggrieved about the conduct of the primaries, Amosun dismissed it as untrue, citing a nationwide outcry that greeted the exercise.
He, however, said that the majority of members of the APC in Ogun State remained unshaken in their rejection of the “gangsterism”.
He said, “They remain resolved that the attempt to hand over their state and their patrimony to a rapacious gang of expansionists in the South-West will be resisted, not only by members of the APC but by the entire people of Ogun State who are too enlightened to tolerate such abomination.”
On the other hand, Okorocha expressed his anger while speaking to reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He claimed the party was losing about five million voters due to Oshiomhole’s highhandedness.
He said he had since discovered that the party chairman acted without the backing of the President, adding that investigation had shown that there was no directive from the President for the party chairman to act illegally.
Okorocha, who is also the chairman of the All Progressives Governors’ Forum, said he had also discovered that Oshiomhole was not under any instruction to replace candidates.
He urged the party chairman to learn to respect the rule of law and obey court orders where they apply.
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“This issue of treating court orders as tissue papers must stop. It doesn’t reflect the image of our party.
“Oshiomhole must act quickly to fix the integrity of this party because his coming in ought to have brought joy into the party and not sadness,” Okorocha said.
Despite his allegations against the party chairman, however, the governor said the party would not disintegrate as long as the President remained the leader of the party.
He added, “APC will not disintegrate for as long as the person, Muhammadu Buhari, is still the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and remains the leader of this party.''