I Will Not Allow You Destroy APC As You Did To Others, Okorocha Tells Araraume
IMO State Governor Rochas Okorocha has warned a two time senator in the state – Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and few others in their coalition, in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Imo State that he would never allow them to destroy APC in the state like they did to other political parties before now.
In a statement in Owerri, made available to WEEKEND INDEPENDENT, Sam Onwuemeodo Chief Press Secretary to the Governor made it clear that Chief Araraume would not also be allowed to distract Governor Rochas Okorocha with regard to 2019 election like he distracted former governors, Chief Achike Udenwa and Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
He recalled that in 1998, Chief Araraume was the pioneer State Chairman of All Peoples Party, APP, in the state and before the 1999 election, he abandoned the APP after Chief Arthur Nzeibe had demanded for accounts of the finances of the party.
According to Onwuemeodo, the confusion that followed, created a big crack in the party and that marked the end of the party in the state.
Continuing, Onwuemeodo disclosed that Chief Evan Enwerem took him to the PDP and ensured that he was given the ticket for Okigwe Zone Senatorial Seat and assisted him to win, saying “that was in 1999 and then 2003. And since 2003 he has never won any other election and will never win”.
In 2007, Onwuemeodo noted that he (Senator Araraume) fought Chief Achike Udenwa in the PDP so much that, few days to the 2007 election the party could not have a governorship candidate. The Supreme Court he said later declared him (Araraume) candidate of the PDP, making Udenwa to file behind Ikedi Ohakim of the PPA and he won.
The Statement states further “Chief Araraume pursued Ohakim from the tribunal to the Supreme Court and he made sure Ohakim never drank water and drop the cup. At the end, he created so much bad blood in the PDP that the party became a shadow of itself”.
In 2011, Onwuemeodo also recalled that the two time senator moved to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and became the governorship candidate of the party, noting that Chief Ohakim, the incumbent then, was the candidate of the PDP, while Rochas Okorocha was the candidate of APGA. At the end of the 2011 election, Owelle Okorocha won, while Araraume could not win even his Isiala Mbano Local Government.
“In 2015, he moved back to PDP. At the primary of the party, Chief Emeka Ihedioha won by defeating him. He went to court against Ihedioha and was in court till the elections were conducted and won. It was during the supplementary election that he began to come closer to APC, to achieve his aim of destroying PDP finally.
Few weeks after his entry into APC, he declared for governorship because that is the only weapon he uses to destroy parties. He never talked about how to assist the party but only his ambition. To achieve his aim of destroying APC, he recruited few other ambitious elements in the party and they call themselves coalition.
He was among those who called Governor Rochas Okorocha, Okoro-Hausa, Alhaji in Government House. And that Governor Okorocha would work with Muhammadu Buhari to Islamize Isboland. He was among those who accused Rochas of giving money to some Igbo Youths to be converted to Islam.
As at the time Rochas Okorocha joined the merger that gave birth to APC, they never believed it was going to work out. Hope Uzodinma was among the PDP big men who invaded Imo with soldiers during the 2015 election.
Today they have all claimed to join APC. And laboring in vain to disturb Governor Okorocha for whatever reason.
In case they do not know, APC members in the state will never, never allow them to reap where they never sowed. And they will never be allowed to destroy APC. They lack the capacity to do all these. And by the grace of God, by 2019 Uche Nwosu will be voted into power by Imo people as their governor, in whom they are well pleased”.