ROCHAS Okorocha, Imo state governor, says the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will seek for the imprisonment of John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the party, whom he described as greedy and selfish.
Okorocha said this in a statement issued on his behalf by Sam Onwuemeodo, his Chief Press Secretary on Wednesday.
The APC congress in Imo State had split the party into two groups, one loyal to Okorocha.
Irked by the recognition of Hilary Eke – a candidate from Okorocha’s opposing faction of the APC – as Chairman of the Imo APC, Okorocha said Odigie-Oyegun wants to destroy the party.
Okorocha said Oyegun’s inauguration of the State APC chairmen was in disobedience to two court rulings and therefore tantamount to contempt of court, an offence that attracts jail sentence.
“In the case of Imo, he (Odigie-Oyegun) disobeyed two court orders with regard to the congresses in Imo and the inauguration of strange elements as the state officials of the party just to get at Governor Okorocha because of the issue of elongation,” the statement read.
“And we have no option now than to ask our lawyers to press for his imprisonment and that of Osita Izunaso and all those who were involved in the lawlessness.”
“The way Chief Oyegun has pursued the elongation of his tenure also showed how selfish and greedy, he is.
“He is not interested in the well-being or future of the party, but only interested in staying put as the National Chairman of the party. And that is why he is after anybody who opposed the tenure elongation.”
Okorocha further said that the worst thing that would have happened to APC is to allow Chief Oyegun to continue as the national chairman of the party.
“It would have been worst for the Party. Chief Akande never tried to destroy the party when he was leaving as the pioneer chairman, but Oyegun wants to destroy the party because he is leaving. He is not patriotic.”
Okorocha boasted that the APC in the South East is his making and it will be foolish of anybody to think that he would build the party and allow cowards to take it over.