A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo Sate, under the auspices of Imo All Progressive Congress Stakeholders Forum, opposed to Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in- law’s governorship ambition, has denied speculation that it has collapsed its structure into the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
A national daily had reported that the group has dissolved into the All Progressive Grand Alliance following the defection of one of its leaders, Sen Ifeanyi Ararume, to the APGA.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND exclusively yesterday in Abuja, spokesman and one of the leaders of the forum, Dr Theodore Ekechi, described the report of dumping the APC as unfounded and untrue.
Ekechi, a former commissioner of information under Rochas Okorocha’s first tenure and convener of Imo APC Coalition, explained that the members of the forum are still card carrying members of the ruling All Progressive Congress and most of their members have purchased nomination forms to contest for various political office in next year’s election in the party.
“We are still in the APC. It is only one of our leaders, Ifeanyi Araraume, that left for APGA to pursue his ambition and we support him because we have one objective and are pursing the same course. Off-course he has some followers as a leader who left with him to APGA but not the entire stakeholders’ forum. So it is wrong to say we have collapsed into APGA. That report is not true. The deputy governor, Eze Madumere, Uwajumogu, myself and other leaders are still in APC.”
The APC chieftain reiterated the call for the governor to drop the ambition of forcing his son in-law on the people of Imo for the interest of the party and the state. He added that there is no going back in the decision to challenge Okorocha’s anti peoples policies in the state.
On the annulment of the congress that produced Hilary Eke as the state chairman by a state High Court in Owerri, he expressed confidence that the ruling will be reversed at the appeal court.