Imo: Odigie Oyegun Is ‘Biting’ Me Because Of My Position Against Tenure Elongation – Imo Governor Okorocha
Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has finally cleared the air by stating his reasons why he believed the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), chief Odigie-Oyegun is working against him in the state.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Okorocha claimed that John Oyegun is after him and making efforts to relief him of the party structure in the state because he was against the tenure elongation of the Oyegun-led national executives.
The chairman of APC board of governors claimed that Oyegun was biting him (Okorocha) as a way to make him pay for his stance against tenure elongation.
Okorocha explained further that he was initially a lonely voice in his criticism of tenure elongation not until the leadership of the ruling APC party also reasoned along with him.
“I spoke against elongation, that elongation is not good for our party when the national chairman of our party and some of his members believe that there should be elongation so that there would be no Congress as provided by the party’s constitution.”
“And I told them the danger if we do not conduct this Congress. I was a lonely voice in that matter until it became an issue that picked the interest of our party leaders and I supported my position.
“I was saying that if we do not conduct congress and we conduct primaries, those people that elect our governorship candidates in the primaries would have been illegal.
“And that we might win election and somebody will just go to court to challenge the decision and they may go to court and win because we were elected by those delegates. That was just my position and they said no, the Constitution allows partial supremacy. ”
“The party supremacy does not override the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Great mind like the Vice President, who is also a SAN concurred with me on that position and that’s where we are today.
“They were giving a flimsy excuse that Congress would divide the party and we told them that the issue of not having a congress is worse than for us having a Congress,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a previous report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported what the APC national chairman John Odigie Oyegun says about President Buhari reelection.