The National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has removed the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the State Coordinator of the party’s Campaign Council.
The decision followed the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee set up by the Imo State APC, over allegations of anti-party activities levelled against the Governor and others.
The Committee chaired by Mathew Omegara, had earlier summoned the Governor and six others, to appear before it.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had said that the National Working Committee of the party, would meet to consider the Imo State APC’s recommendation that Okorocha should be suspended.
“What has happened in Imo, shows that the APC means business. Once they have complied with all the rules, no problem. When they bring the recommendation to the NWC, we will look at it”, he had said.
However, a member of the Imo State chapter of the APC, disclosed on Sunday night, that Okorocha had already been removed by the NWC, as the Campaign Coordinator of the party, for the 2019 elections.
Okorocha had vowed to work for his son-in-law, who is the Governorship Candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu, against the APC Candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The member said: “The party has already removed Okorocha as the Coordinator, and directed Uzodinma to take over the Campaign Council. During the visit of the Wife of the President to the State for campaign, the Governor invited his son-in-law to the stage, and raised his hands up. This jolted many of us, who saw it as an affront to the President’s Wife, and the party.”
While reacting, Issa-Onilu said that the removal of Okorocha was instant, since his suspension came from his Ward.
He maintained that the implication of Okorocha’s suspension, was that he could no longer function as the State Coordinator.
Issa-Onilu said: “The APC had directed Governors to take over the Campaign of the party in the State. Where it has no Governor, it directed Governorship Candidate to take over. Since Okorocha has displayed anti-party traits, you cannot expect him to be part of our strategic meetings again.”