The national caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had denied the report making the rounds that former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has been suspended. The caretaker committee has come out to debunk the information which it tags as fake and handiwork of the fifth columnists.
Rochas Okorocha doesn't have good rapport with his successor in office. He has been at odds with Mr. Hope Uzodinma and their misunderstanding started before the 2019 governorship election. They opposed each other even though they were in the same All Progresives Congress (APC) and the national leadership of the party couldn't resolve the matter.
While Hope Uzodinma got the ticket of the APC to contest for the Imo State Governor's seat, Mr. Okorocha went on to back his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, who went to a relatively unknown political party. Even Rochas Okorocha reportedly financed the election of his son-in-law with the hope that the young man would continue from where he stopped.
The APC could have suspended Rochas Okorocha at that time for anti-party activities. But Okorocha is one of the pillars of the political party and if he is removed, the party wouldn't be the same again. So, the national leadership of the APC folded its arms to watch events unfold.
Now that there were insinuations that the APC had put Okorocha on suspension, there are some reasons the political party can't take the risks of suspending the former governor.
While reacting to the report, the caretaker committee said, "We call on the discerning public to be wary of fifth columnists and jobbers relentlessly scheming to use every opportunity to stoke crisis in the party and polity through fake news." That means Mr. Okorocha isn't under any suspension.
The formation of the All Progressives Congress wouldn't have been completed without the contribution of some leaders of the All People's Grand Alliance (APGA) who agreed to form a merger party that would wrest political power from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) which dominated politics of the country from 1999 to 2015.
It was Rochas Okorocha who led other top members of the APGA in southeast to join the APC. He took part in the formation of the political party and he often boasts of his contributions to the establishment of the party. Hence, it would be unthinkable to suspend a "founding father" of the party.
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