The embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has cleared the air on the problem he has with the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Oshiomhole, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, said he received a court order from the Chief Judge of Imo State not to recognise any candidate that emerged from a repeat primary election conducted in the state on October 6, 2018.
He said, “A court order issued by the Chief Judge of Imo State, where Governor Rochas Okorocha heads the executive branch and the Chief Judge heads the judicial branch.
“The judge in his wisdom having had prayers by those who appeared before him including the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, who was the one that obtained the court order which directed me (Oshiomhole) not to have anything to do with any secondary or repeat primary, the governorship primary in Imo State”.
The court order, according to the APC National Chairman, was made by the deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, challenging the directive for a second primary which declared Okorocha’s Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu as the winner.
“In line with the advice of my very dear friend, Rochas Okorocha, we will have nothing to do with the second governorship primary that allegedly produced his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu”, he added.
He said, “Based on the rules of our party and in accordance with INEC guidelines, we have conducted governorship elections in Ogun State and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election”.
The Imo State Governor is one of the leading governors calling for Oshiomhole’s resignation over the alleged hijacking of the lists of aspirants submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Okorocha had met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the issue and had also argued with the National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who said Oshiomhole had done nothing wrong.
Many APC governors want the party Chairman gone as he interfered with the pushing through of their anointed candidates.