Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have called the bluff of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC).

Okorocha and his group have vowed to continue with the court case concerning the conduct of the party’s primaries.

Both Governor Okorocha and his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu insist that Nwosu won the October 6, 2018 Imo APC governorship primary election but the national leadesrship has gone ahead to submit Senator Hope Uzodima's name as the party’s candidate.

Okorocha and Nwosu had gone to court to challenge the decision of the party.

However, the NWC on Monday mandated all aggrieved members of the party to withdraw all court cases to allow the newly constituted national reconciliation committee to work towards peaceful resolutions.

Reacting to the directive, Okorocha said he will not abide with the order.

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Okorocha stated that Oshiomhole was once a beneficiary of a court action as he recovered his stolen governorship mandate through the court.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha stated that democracy without court is baseless, adding that the person who goes to court is the one that wants peace.

Okorocha argued that APC being a democratic party should encourage its aggrieved members to go to court to seek redress for justice.

He said, “I don’t think APC will go ahead to punish those members who approach the courts to seek for justice because without justice there cannot be peace. They should even encourage such members to seek justice in court for peace to reign.

“Democracy cannot go without the judiciary in any part of the world. Judiciary is a major arm of democracy; so, for some members to go to court, I don’t think it is bad and such members cannot be punished or described as anti-party at all. It is a sign that they want the party to grow and want our democracy to be strengthened.

“Even the party should encourage such people to go to court instead of involving in blackmail and propaganda. That does not stop those people from appearing before the reconciliation committee. In fact the committee may after listening to their grievances justify such court action or suggest otherwise.”

Apparently alluding to Oshiomhole’s threat to punish members of the party who refuse to withdraw their cases, Okorocha urged the party leaders not to intimidate its members.

“He recovered his mandate from the court, so he cannot kill people for going to court. He will rather urge members to go to court having been a beneficiary of such action. In fact this peace they are talking about cannot be in place without the judiciary and luckily for us he is part of court benevolence.”

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