Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has reacted to his suspension by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News earlier reported that the party had announced his suspension in a letter dated July 12, 2021, and signed by the National Chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, and its Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe.
The party said Okorocha was suspended as a result of his involvement in “anti-party activities” and ‘flagrant public abuse’ of the person and office of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement noted that Okorcoha was also suspended in line with the decision of the state chapter of the party.
But in a statement on Tuesday evening signed by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, Senator Okorocha accused Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma of being his purported suspension.
He accused the governor of trying to frustrate him out of the APC and described Uzodinma as a ‘gatecrasher’ to the party.
Okorocha, however, noted he cannot be pushed out of the party he started in the South East state.
“Governor Hope Uzodinma can not and will not blackmail Senator Rochas Okorocha out of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Governor Uzodinma was behind the fake story of Senator Rochas Okorocha leaving the APC for the PDP, last Monday.”
“He had come up with the fake story of Okorocha leaving APC, because the National Secretariat of the Party had set up a reconciliation committee. And also because of Okorocha’s visit to the National Office of the Party, with men and women who had sacrificed all they had, to make APC the Party to beat in Imo. And with National Assembly members who have the mandate of the people.”
“Governor Uzodinma was never a member of APC. He joined APC after he had been announced governor by the Supreme Court.”
“I took great ‘political risk’ to make Imo APC and now Uzodinma was attempting to ‘reap where he did not sow’.
“Uzodinman has shown that he is ‘anti-people and actively working to destroy the APC before joining another party,” the statement read in part.