The Governor of Imo State and Imo West senator-elect, Rochas Okorocha, says he has sacked the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for anti-party activities.
Reacting to his suspension from the ruling party by its national working committee, NWC, led by Oshiomhole, Okorocha said the chairman lacked the power to suspend him.
He said as a founder of the APC, he could say authoritatively that Oshiohmole was involved in anti-party activities.
Featuring on Channels Television programme – Sunday Politics, the Imo State governor said, “I just heard from media reports that I have been suspended from the party (APC). I think Adams is seeking for relevance and attention.
“He doesn’t have such powers to remove somebody without following due process. I think Adams is the biggest player of anti-party in APC. The man has simply destroyed the party to a great extent.
“So, I have sacked him from the party. If he thinks he can just stand up and say he has suspended me from the party I founded, without following the due process, in the same manner, I have sacked him from the party.”
Okorocha accused Oshiomhole of imposing the APC gubernatorial candidate in Imo, Hope Uzodinma, on the party.
“The candidate that Oshiohmole imposed on the party in Imo State lost his votes for the Presidential election and all the members of the coalition in Imo State worked for PDP,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha distanced President Muhammadu Buhari from what he called “lawlessness” allegedly being perpetrated in the APC by Oshiomhole.
Stressing that Buhari “is too decent” to be backing Oshiomhole in his unlawful actions, he stated that Oshiomhole had done “so many strange things in APC.”
Okorocha described his suspension and that of his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, from APC as worrisome, insisting that Oshiomhole’s idea of party supremacy was lawlessness.
The statement read, “Adams Oshiomhole has done so many strange things with the party and it would be wrong for anybody to think that President Buhari, known for his penchant for decency, honesty and forthrightness would be on the same page with the national chairman.
“The President was voted by Nigerians across the geo-political zones because he has proved to be real and can be trusted. When he said he was fighting corruption, you saw it happening. It cannot be the same thing with someone who saw sold the tickets of the party to the highest bidders.
“We have yet to see any Nigerian living that would have defeated President Buhari in that election. He has earned the confidence and trust of most Nigerians, and in states where he lost, you could see traces of wanton manipulation and mutilation of election figures like in the case of Imo.
“In other words, the President has nothing to do with Oshiomhole’s disdain for the right actions and the chairman’s penchant for lawlessness and total disregard for the party’s constitution.”