Serious Cracks In Imo APC as Udenwa’s Men Battle Okorocha over Cabinet AppointmentFeatured, Ignatius Okpara, Imo, Latest News Monday, October 14th, 2013
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
Less than one month that the National leadership of All Progressive Change APC, inaugurated a harmonisation committee in Imo state, a major crack has resurfaced in the party in the area.
The seeming crisis, African Examiner gathered, is borne out of the recent nomination and appointment of commissioners and members of the state executive council by Governor Rochas Okorocha without including any ally or loyalist of former Governor of the state, Chief Achike Udenwa.
According to some top aggrieved members of the APC loyal to the ex- Governor, the release of names of commissioners by Governor Okorocha was an indication that they would not work with the former governor in the party.
The Udenwa allies, who do not want their names in the print said the admission of Governor Okorocha in APC, had created some level of mistrust within the ranks of the party.
They also alleged that Governor Okorocha had refused to allow any member of the defunct ACN occupy any position in the interim party executive in the state, saying it was when they threatened him with internal battle the he conceded the position of Interim secretary to their camp being held Captain. Lambert Iheanacho.
The Ex governor supporters, further alleged that the governor, unilaterally appointed only members of his Agenda Structure as Interim exco members of the party at the ward and local government levels.
They however, regretted that the admission of the governor in APC was a political miscalculation, lamenting that it was because of the governor’s greedy attitude that no prominent politician in the state has joined the APC since the party’s registration.
The aggrieved APC members promised the governor a reign hell in the party in the state, adding “with this kind of attitude, we can’t allow him to have his way in 2015.
We’ll present a credible governorship candidate to Imolites” they declared
However, one of Udenwa’s apologist and former member of the federal House of Representatives, Chief Chukwudi Mayor Eze, has indicated his interest to wrestle power from Governor Okorocha in 2015.
Our Correspondent gathered that Chief Eze’s declaration may not be unconnected with Governor Okorocha’s alleged sidelining of Chief Udenwa’s loyalists in the opposition party.
The one time federal legislator told newsmen over the weekend that his intention to govern the state was to make a significant difference.
Chief Eze who is also a former executive chairman of Orlu Local government council of the state, had appealed to the people of the state to ignore zoning and vote for competence, credibility and capability come 2015.
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