- Governor Rochas Okorocha has denied an allegation made by the chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, that he has problem with the Catholic church in Imo state
- Okorocha condemned the allegation adding that he had never had any issue with the catholic community in the state
- The governor said Oshiomhole's actions and utterances should reflect the dignity of his office
The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday, November 5, condemned the All Progressive Congress national chairman Adams Oshiomhole’s apology to the Roman Catholic Church in the state.
At a meeting with Archbishop of Owerri Catholic diocese, Bishop Anthony Obinna and representatives of the Christian community in Imo state, Oshiomhole had condemned what he described as the governor's lack of respect for the church, The Punch reports.
In a press statement released by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, governor said Oshiomhole's actions and utterances should reflect the dignity of his office.
The statement read: “In responding to that deliberate blackmail, we won’t toe the part of Comrade Oshiomhole. We recognise the fact that he is the national chairman of a ruling party, which President Buhari is the leader, and we would not, therefore, throw caution to the wind like he did, when he was abusing or attacking governors in his party as if he is the publicity secretary of any of the opposition parties.
“If he had asked questions, he would have discovered that members of the Catholic Church in the state constitute the bulk of Governor Okorocha’s supporters, especially at the grassroots.
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“They voted for him overwhelmingly in 2011 and 2015 respectively. And he has never taken their support for granted. He has shown gratitude in several ways which cannot be catalogued in this response, including making them the majority in his cabinet.
“The man has put himself on trial and that is the reason since that woeful and awful outing, he has made more than nine claims to see how he could recover but all to no avail. He murdered sleep and would remain awake.
”Okorocha demonstrated maturity by avoiding abuse and name-calling when he spoke to the media after meeting with Buhari recently, urging Oshiomhole to emulate the governor.
“As a matter of fact, the national chairman did not treat the concerned governors well no matter his reasons. He should not expect them to go home celebrating. In the circumstances, his utterances and actions should be responsive and reconciliatory to a very large extent and not declaration of war.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some governors on the platform of the APC reportedly called for the removal of the chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
A minister who spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday, October 9, said they were not comfortable with his style of leadership.
The minister reportedly claimed the governors did not financially contribute to the party’s convention and were monitoring how money gotten from sale of nomination forms are being spent.
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