The immediate past Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has commented on the leadership issue in his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC amidst calls for a change of leadership.
Some members of the ruling APC have called for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, citing the handling of affairs of the party as some of their reasons.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Okorocha while speaking about the survival of the APC after the end of President Muhammadu Buhar’s second term in 2023 was quoted to have said, ”I have on several occasions expressed my fears about the APC and what happens to APC after the exit of Buhari. I have said this repeatedly and my fear is not far-fetched. Mr President has made an appeal to the party leadership, which is what he ought to do. But I think the party requires some structural redesigns to be able to carry the party across 2023. When we run party on the basis of sentiments, we are going to still have the kind of problems the PDP had in the time past.”
Okorocha further alleged that some key structures of the party and other committees are not functional. He specifically said that the party does not have Board of Trustees meetings, (BoT), and it does not hold National Executive Council (NEC) meetings. He insisted that the party needs to look into these issues so that the survival of the party won’t be affected in years to come.
Okorocha who currently represents Imo West Senatorial district at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, further stated that his suggestion was misunderstood.
He was quoted to have said, ”Anytime a football team is not doing well, don’t blame the players, we should blame the coach. If the coach needs to be fired for things to get better, fire the coach and get a new coach to train the people and win the match. So, this is my strong suggestion that has been misconstrued.”
The ruling party has yet to do anything about the call for leadership change. It is up to the party to make such decisions. However, in politics, there are other interests. People may have a different view on issues. So, it is possible that Okorocha and other APC members that are calling for a change of leadership may continue until something happens.
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