South-East Called Me Okoro Hausa For Joining APC, Okorocha Laments
- says APC is ill-treating him
A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha says he got an “evil reward” for being a committed member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly in his region, South-East.
The former governor, now Senator, said he was tagged “Okoro Hausa” a derogatory nickname for joining the APC.
He lamented that his faith has been weakened due to the ill-treatment meted on him by his party.
He said he had to “go contrary to his kinsmen and political associates” just to ensure that the party was placed on a sound footing in Imo and in the south-east, but was surprised that his reward was a suspension.
“If you recall, I was called all sorts of names such as ‘Okoro Hausa,’ and that I was building mosques and all that was associated with it, ” he said.
“But I kept deaf ears because I felt that I was on the right course with my people.
“I was instrumental in bringing Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC and he cannot deny that fact.
“I took the troubles of APC in the south-east, but the APC I see now can easily tell Governor Emeka Ihedioha to come to its fold if only he can fight Rochas.
“That is really an unfortunate situation and it has weakened my spirit and my faith in the party because I thought we were family working to advance the cause of this nation.”
He, however, said that despite the maltreatment, he was still a member of the ruling party.
“But the way it is going, it does not look like there will be a solution. And there seems to be silence everywhere,” he said.
“I don’t even know my stand about my suspension because, for some time, I don’t know what is happening in APC.
“But for the silence all over, it just looks as if it is normal.
“So, I am just waiting and thinking of what next to do; but I am still a member of APC and I love the party and will support it.”
Okorocha’s problem started during the last governorship election in the state after he fell out with the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomhole over the choice of the flagbearer.