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APC sacks Okorocha as Imo campaign coordinator

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The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has removed the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the state coordinator of the party’s campaign council.

This was informed by allegations of anti-party activities levelled against the governor and others by the Imo state chapter of the APC.

Speaking on the allegations, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, had noted that the National Working Committee of the party would meet to discuss the recommendation that Okorocha should be suspended.

“What has happened in Imo shows that the APC means business. Once they have complied with all the rules, no problem. When they bring the recommendation to the NWC, we will look at it,” he had said.

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However, a member of the Imo State chapter of the APC, claimed that Okorocha had already been removed by the NWC as the campaign coordinator of the party.

Okorocha had ruffled grounds in the ruling party by working for his son-in-law, who is the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, against the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

The member said, “The party has already removed Okorocha as the coordinator and directed Uzodinma to take over the campaign council. During the visit of the wife of the President to the state for campaign, the governor invited his son-in-law to the stage and raised his hands up. This jolted many of us who saw it as an affront to the President’s wife and the party.”

Issa-Onilu also confirmed that Okorocha’s removal was instant since his suspension came from his ward, noting that his suspension debars him from functioning as the state coordinator of the party’s campaign..

Issa-Onilu said, “The APC had directed governors to take over the campaign of the party in the state. Where it has no governor, it directed governorship candidate to take over. Since Okorocha has displayed anti-party traits, you can’t expect him to be part of our strategic meetings again.”

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