Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said those who join the All Progressives Congress (APC) now will leave if President Muhammadu Buhari loses in 2019.
Okorocha noted that those joining the APC are doing so not because they love the party but just wants to enjoy the benefits of Buhari’s incumbency.
Okorocha said this in a press conference at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday.
He said he does not have plans of leaving the party as he has been with the APC since 2001.
“The option of leaving the party has not come to my mind,” Okorocha said. “APC is my party in 2011 when this party was called Boko Haram and Islamisation party.
“Where were these people? Nobody gave us a chance that APC was going to win the 2015 election.
“So, what makes you think that we are going to leave the party for those that came through the back door and are being given a voice by the National Chairman of our party.
“All you hear is rumour everywhere that they are backed by the Presidency that Rochas should take one position and leave the other one as if we are sharing groundnut, but I tell them I have met President and he told me he never said to anybody to impose a wrong candidate or to remove the name of anybody and change it with another in whatever guise.”
He added that “Ninety per cent of those who have joined APC in the last two months are doing so not because they love APC, they can never go to an election without federal might and per-adventure President Buhari loses this election, the next day they will leave the party.
“So, these set of people are simply called ‘political opportunists’ who are not with the people but always want to grab victory through the use of gun.
“But I think this has to stop, why should our party promote this and I warn they should stop this.”