Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is blaming the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for the party’s poor showing in the South East of the country where it failed to win any state governorship seat.
- “Right now in the whole of south-east, we don’t have an APC governor. So if there is any discussion in Nigeria now within the APC governors and President Muhammadu Buhari, there would be nobody from the south-east. This is what the APC chairman has done in the south-east,” Oshiomhole told journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Monday.
Scapegoat: Since his attempt to make his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the APC governorship candidate failed last year, Okorocha has placed the entire blame on Oshiomhole. He has ignored the role of other power centres within the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari, who were also not keen on having Okorocha’s son-in-law succeed him.
On the politics of the next National Assembly, the governor advocated for the APC to include the South East in its calculations.
- “This nation will not be properly balanced if south-east is not carried along properly in the affairs of the national assembly. Nobody seems to be talking about the south-east; it looks like the south-east doesn’t have a place anymore. That is wrong, politically speaking and that will not be good for APC. Because there is going to be a bigger APC after President Muhammadu Buhari must have left the seat.”
- “My fear now is that APC might have a serious set back in 2023 because the Oshiomhole-led executive is actually turning APC into a regional minority party which shouldn’t be because of his mistakes.”
- “They shouldn’t think about giving south-east, whatever position for giving sake. You can’t just wake up and give them any position. South-east is a key primary zone in this country and if we don’t get the number one seat, we should get the number two seat.”
Bottom Line: Governor Okorocha is attempting to position himself as a champion of the South East. His regional activism is something that would be interrogated properly when he is done from office in a few months. There are many who would argue that when it really mattered, Okorocha was more interested in perpetuating a family dynasty than working for the collective interest of the zone.