Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described as malicious and unfounded reports of him contesting who controls the All Progressives Congress (APC) structure in the South-east with the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Okorocha, who said this yesterday also dismissed rumours of crisis brewing in the South-East Chapter of the APC, noting that those behind the mischievous reports were determined to cause disaffection between him and the former Lagos State Governor for fear of the rising profile of the party in the zone.
A national newspaper had carried a report which alleged that Governor Okorocha, Senator Chris Ngige and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are the brains behind a looming crisis in the South-East APC. The report also claimed that there was a power struggle between Governor Okorocha and Asiwaju Tinubu over who controls the APC in the zone.
But the Governor in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, disclosed that “those behind the falsehood and inciting publication also tried in vain to introduce popularity contest between Governor Okorocha and Senator Chris Ngige.”
The statement reads, “having carefully gone through the publications, and have painstakingly analyzed the contents or the claims thereto, we won’t hesitate to conclude that the publication was structured or programmed to achieve one goal, and that is, to cause disaffection or undue suspicion between Governor Okorocha and Bola Tinubu on one side, and between Governor Okorocha and Senator Chris Ngige on the other side.
“There is no looming crisis in the South-East APC for which Gov. Okorocha, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Senator Ngige could be accused of being responsible. Whatever anybody fells that is happening in the South-East APC cannot be seen as strange but as the normal politics of group or individual interest pursuit.
“As far as we are concerned, the claimed looming crisis in the APC South East is a media creation. It does not exist. The idea of bringing in the names of Okorocha, Tinubu and Ngige was aimed at adding value to the false alarm.
“The publication was ill-motivated otherwise those behind it would have taken the liberty to convince their readers on why they felt Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should be struggling to control APC in the Southeast at this point in time or why Senator Ngige or Governor Okorocha should engage themselves in popularity race this time,” it added.
The statement further pointed out that series of meetings have recently been held by the APC in Aba, Abia State and in Enugu which attracted a mammoth crowd, adding that, “in each case, Okorocha and Ngige had sat together and had preached unity of purpose among the members and leaders of the party in the Southeast.
“We may not be wrong if we accuse those intimidated by Governor Okorocha’s enviable political character and growth that have made him a fanciful and acceptable politician across the nation, to be behind the publications in question and their sole aim was to create bad blood among the three APC leaders.
“This is not their first time of doing such a thing. They have been in such dirty enterprise, and the good thing is that they have been failing and shall continue to fail because nobody can be against who God has favoured.
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“We make bold to say that Governor Okorocha is living no stone unturned in making the APC a formidable party in the Southeast. He has gone a long way and cannot at the same time be causing looming crisis in the party in the zone. And he is not in any power tussle with any leader of the party for the control of the party in the Southeast or any other zone because it is neither necessary nor advisable,” the statement concluded.