ENRAGED by a recent statement credited to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is dead and non-existence in the state, the National Deputy President, South, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, yesterday described such statement as untrue, urging the public to disregard it.
Uche, a former commissioner in charge of Transport in the state during the first few months of Okorocha’s regime, accompanied to the briefing by a former governorship candidate, Chief Peter Ezenwa Orji, regretted that a governor, who was elected under the platform of APGA could make such “unfortunate statement”.
Okorocha had few days ago said he had taken away the APGA structure in Imo State comprising all the 27 local council sole administrators and government appointees to the APC, declaring APGA dead in the state by this action.
Uche disclosed that Okorocha, now on suspension for romancing with the newly-registered All Progressives Congress (APC), may face expulsion from the APGA soon, adding that Chief Martin Agbaso remains the leader of the APGA in Imo State, stressing that Chief Willy Obiano had been working hard to bring the party alive in the Anambra governorship polls soon.
Uche opined: “In my opinion, APGA is very strong more than before in Imo State and other states. If he says so, which APGA is preparing for election in Oguta”?
Reinforcing this view, Orji said it was due to the strength of APGA in 2011that assisted Okorocha to coast to victory, beating the then Governor Ikedi Ohakim, and not necessarily the personality profile of Okorocha.
Orji said the APGA administration was poised to win in the next governorship election in Anambra, given the feat performed by the incumbent, Mr. Peter Obi, urging Okorocha not to play politics with Christianity.
Meanwhile, National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, yesterday at the inauguration of the state APGA caretaker committee in Abuja, said that Okorocha’s days as Imo governor are numbered, stressing that the party will reclaim the state.
Umeh contended that APGA is well entrenched in the state and cannot be uprooted by APC.