I've Been Afflicted With More Evils In APC Than PDP– Okorocha

Governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has lamented how the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has maltreated him.

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Okorocha, who has been struggling to get his certificate of return from INEC after he was declared winner in a senatorial poll, said he had been afflicted with more evils in APC than he would have suffered if he had been a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He regretted that the APC had inflicted what he called the greatest devilish political machinations against his person.

Concise News gathered that addressing journalists in Abuja, the governor vowed to remain in the ruling party despite alleged moves to frustrate him out of the APC.

He accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other unnamed leaders of the party of working with INEC to ‘kil’l his senatorial ambition.

He said, “The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me 10 times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first time informing them of their wrongdoings and illegal actions to withhold my certificate on a mere allegation of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter.

“So, INEC on its own believed the reports of the Returning Officer without investigating the authenticity of the accusation. So, there was no issue of fair hearing at all.

“What is important here is that INEC does not have the power to withhold the certificate of return, having declared the result.

“I believe the INEC chairman is up to a game with the chairman of the APC, who is being used to frustrate my coming to the Senate, and this is politically motivated. I’ve given INEC enough time to correct itself and do the needful and issue me my certificate of return but to no avail.

“Many things have happened so far and these should be of concern to everyone. INEC that made the submission to the tribunal has gone back, requesting to withdraw it because the submission was defending its declaration. But because the submission seems to be in my favour, they have said they want to withdraw the affidavit which is out of time.

“The withdrawal was made by one of their members of staff who said that Festus Okoye, a commissioner in INEC, had threatened to sack him if he did not withdraw it. So, there is a huge threat going on in INEC.

“Festus Okoye is presently being used as the hatchet man; he has gone to the tribunal in Imo asking for the withdrawal of the affidavit that has been filed defending the APC.”