The South East Chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Sunday said Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, did not “truly” campaign for the party and President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general elections.
The spokesman for the APC in the South East, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu.
The statement was a reaction to a recent interview in which Okorocha blamed Igbos for their exclusion in recent appointments made by Buhari.
In the interview, Okorocha reportedly said, “Some of the appointments we lost were caused by our people.”
The Imo State governor accused Igbos of putting their eggs in one basket despite his admonitions that such a decision was unwise.
But, reacting to the interview, the spokesman for the APC in the South East, Okechukwu, stressed that “Okorocha should take responsibility for Igbo exclusion in the appointments, rather than passing the buck to Ndigbo.”
In the statement titled ‘Governor Rochas Okorocha neither truly campaigned for President Buhari nor APC,’ Okechukwu said, “All one can say is that to the best of knowledge, he (Okorocha) neither truly campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari nor the All Progressives Congress.
“I thinks that while we blame Ndigbo for putting all our eggs in one basket, we should blame our leaders who genuinely didn’t campaign for President Buhari nor APC candidates in their domain.
“I challenge Governor Okorocha to tell the world how far he assisted Senator Osita Izunaso for his bid for Orlu Senatorial District, his own constituency, and that of Honourables Uche Onyeguocha and Uwajumogu of Owerri and Okigwe districts respectively.”
Noting that a little assistance from Okorocha could have earned APC two senatorial seats and other legislative positions in the South East, Okechukwu made it clear that the governor should blame himself first before blaming Igbos.
He stressed that Okorocha undermined the APC zoning arrangement when he decided to contest the party’s presidential election primaries.
“This is a man some of us advised not to run against the zoning convention, that it will deny Ndigbo the chance of producing either the chairman or the vice presidential slot and he refused.
“He thought we are in Nollywood,” the APC zonal spokesman said.
Okechukwu said Okorocha should henceforth “desist from the blame game and accept responsibility for the fate of Ndigbo in Buhari’s appointments.”
Continuing, Okechukwu maintained that Okorocha lied when he claimed that he was crying like a lonely voice in the wilderness for Ndigbo to vote for Buhari.
He insisted that if Okorocha really cried like a lonely voice in the wilderness, Buhari would have gotten at least 30 per cent of the votes cast in Imo State, and not 18 per cent.
“If Okorocha worked for APC in the South East, how come we did not even win a single senatorial seat in Imo and the entire zone?
“He should stop this blame game and accept responsibility for the fate that has befallen Ndigbo,” Okechukwu said.