Imo State Governor , Mr Rochas Okorocha , warned on Monday that the ruling All Progressives Congress could lose its bearing completely by 2023 if the National Chairman of the party , Adams Oshiomhole, was allowed to continue to run its affairs .
Okorocha claimed that Oshiomhole was also to blame for the party ’ s failure to capture or retain some states during the February and March general elections.
The Imo governor, who is battling to get a Certificate of Return to the Senate from the Independent National Electoral Commission, spoke with State House correspondents in Abuja after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari .
He raised a particular issue concerning the zoning of the principal offices of the 9 th National Assembly, noting that it would appear that the party had concluded to ignore the South – East .
Okorocha stated that ignoring the South – East might be the beginning of real trouble for the APC ahead of 2023 .
The governor said , “I have been watching carefully what is happening in the National Assembly; it is a very interesting drama.
But , all I ask of them is that they should consider the South – East in their calculations .
“ This nation will not be properly balanced if the South -East is not carried along properly in the affairs of the National Assembly .
Nobody seems to be talking about the South – East ; it looks like the South – East doesn ’ t have a place anymore .
That is wrong , politically speaking and that will not be good for APC . Because there is going to be a bigger APC after President Muhammadu Buhari must have left the seat .
“ My fear now is that APC may have a serious set back in 2023 because the Oshiomhole- led executive is actually turning APC into a regional minority party , which shouldn ’ t be .
Right now in the whole of South – East , we don’ t have an APC governor . So , if there is any discussion in Nigeria now within the APC governors and President Muhammadu Buhari , there will be nobody from the Sout – East.
This is what the APC chairman has done in the South – East . ”
On his inability to get his certificate of return , Okorocha again blamed the problem partly on the leadership of the party , which he said did not seem to bother .
He added , “ You know the imposition we suffered in the party .
When you say the party , you talk about the leadership of that party … I don’ t have a problem with the working committee of that party .
I only have a problem with the chairman of that party , who took it upon himself to do the wrong thing against me for just no cause and to fight a battle that he can never win. ”