Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that he has suffered ten times more in APC than he did when he was a member of the opposition party, PDP.
The controversial governor said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has inflicted the greatest devilish political machinations against his person. The governor decamped from PDP to APGA in 2011 and then to APC in 2013.
While speaking in a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Wednesday May 8th, Okorocha said although he remains a staunch member of the APC , it was regrettable that the evil that made him to leave the PDP and join the APC had become more fiery within the ruling party and large dose of that was being inflicted on him with aim of damaging his political career.
“The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me ten times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first rime myself, informing INEC of their wrong doings and illegal actions taken by INEC to withhold my certificate on mere allegations of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter. So, INEC on their own believe the reports of their Returning Officer without investigating the authenticity of the investigation. So, there was no issue of fair hearing at all.
“What is important here is that INEC does not have the power to withhold the certificate of return having declared the result. I believe the INEC chairman is up to a game with the chairman of the APC who are being used as the people to frustrate my coming to the Senate and this is politically motivated. I’ve given enough time that INEC might correct itself and do the needful and issue me my certificate of return but to no avail.
“Many things have happened so far and these should be of concern to everyone. INEC that made the submission to the tribunal have gone back requesting to withdraw it because the submission was defending the declaration by INEC.
“But because the submission seems to be in my favour, they have said they want to withdraw the affidavit which is out of time. The withdrawal was made by one of their staff, who said that Festus Okoye, a Commissioner in INEC, has threatened to sack him if he does not withdraw it.
“So, there is a huge threat going on in INEC. Festus Okoye is presently being used as the hatchet man; he has gone to the tribunal in Imo asking to withdraw the affidavit that has been filed defending APC.
“I wonder what they want to do with the certificate, if they don’t give it to me, who will they give it to? Maybe they will give it to Festus Okoye because he is from my Senatorial zone but what they are doing is presenting INEC as a lying organisation and that is dangerous for our democracy because, as it stands right now, the image of INEC is bastardised.
“What it means is that tomorrow somebody can withhold the certificate of anybody because you don’t like his face because you feel that he wants to politically challenge you in future. “Asked why he has not taken advantage of his close relationship to President Muhammadu Buhari to seek for his intervention with the leadership of the party, Okorocha said he did not want to bother the President with such an issue especially as it concerns INEC.
“If you know the President well, you would know that he will never intervene as he would only keep mute. But whether President Buhari speaks or not, INEC should do the right thing by giving me my certificate of return.