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July 16, 2018

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  • APC Chieftain warns Okorocha


THE Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to stop pitting the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and, by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okechukwu said he was pained to read a report credited to the governor where he allegedly ‘dared, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, saying that the Catholic prelate cannot install an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as governor in Imo State in 2019.

The APC chieftain urged the people of Imo State and Ndigbo worldwide not to take Okorocha as a “poster card” of APC.

He said: “What we lost in APC is because of him. He is a man who doesn’t believe in himself and he tells himself lies.”

Okechukwu, who spoke with Daily Sun in an interview said: “My worry is that Okorocha should separate religion from politics. I remember vividly how he took President Buhari and all of us before the 2015 election to Archbishop Obinna, who welcomed Buhari wholeheartedly. In fact, when we finished the preamble, we were not privileged to go into the inner reserve where the Archbishop took Buhari and APC leadership to.

“As a member, I was not privileged to be in that inner circle, but from my calculation, it showed acceptance and support from an Archbishop of a big diocese like Owerri Archdiocese, one of the biggest archdioceses in the Catholic kingdom all over the world.

“So, Governor Okorocha should please stop pitting the great Catholic Church against the APC and, by extension, President Buhari.

Okechukwu said only Imo people, especially those with permanent voters’ card (PVC) that are qualified to decide whether Okorocha, as governor of Imo State, has done well or not.

It should be recalled that the Imo State Government had in a reaction to the Easter message of Archbishop Obinna said he (Archbishop Obinna) cannot install a governor of AGA in 2019 in the state, since he was unable to do that in 2015 when he first tried it.

The statement by the governor’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo did not mention how Owelle Okorocha first emerged as governor of Imo State under APGA platform in 2011.

Onwuemeodo alleged that Archbishop Obinna intensified his disdain or hatred for All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Okorocha this time because of the 2019 election.



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