The stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State, has called on the party´s National Working Committee(NWC) to intervene in the crisis currently rocking its ranks, while declaring the APC in Imo has been appropriated by Gov. Rochas Okorocha who ´´has completely privatised the party´´ through his activities.
The Chairman of the forum, Mr Oke Ikoro, while making the apeal in Abuja when some delegates of the form visited the National working committee, said there was so much anger, acrimony and bitterness among party members.
Ikoro said that the stakeholders had to bring the matter to NWC after trying without success to address it at the state level.
´´This is why we have come here to lend our grievances to the NWC, we came to express our disappointment on the leadership of Gov. Rochas Okorocha, his activities and the APC under him.
´´ We didn´t want to say this with word of mouth but we have put it in writing so that you can have a critical look at it after we had gone,´´ he said.
He added that some of the actions and policies of the governor were not people friendly as members of the party were leaving the party for other parties.
He also criticised the governor´s plan to install his son-in-law as the next governor of Imo, while also expressing his reservations concerning the governor’s highhandedness.
According to him, people are exiting from the party because of the highhandedness of the governor.
´´ We are calling on the party leadership to call the governor to order and to separate the party from him,´´ he said.
´´Furthermore, on Saturday, the ward congresses of the party will start and we know that what the governor is planning is to hijack the process,´´ he said
While accusing the governor of nepotism and undue influence of congress, Ikoro urged tha party leadership to intervene into the issue.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun, the APC national chairman while reacting to the report, said Imo must lead in the South- East to ensure the party´s electoral victory in 2019 and as such the unity of the party was critical to achieve the goal.
´´ Some controversies are necessary to bring about unity that will bring victory, together Imo state will be almost a certainty but we will be in deep trouble if we are divided.
´´Without any prejudice, I want to assure you that we, on our side, will do everything possible to take up your complaints and reservations.
´´We will talk to the other side so that an acceptable compromise and understanding is reached to make it possible for us to work as one party and one political fighting force.
´´I am certainly not unaware of the issues; as the party’s national chairman, all these things end up directly or indirectly on my desk,” he said.
Naija News gathered that Odigie-Oyegun said that as far as the coming party congresses were concerned, the leadership was determined to ensure free, fair and level playing field for all aspirants in spite of what anyone thought.
He charged the stakeholders to prove their worth by ensuring that the right things were done and that true reconciliation was achieved in the party in Imo.