Why Buhari Abandoned Okorocha – APC Chieftain

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A chieftain of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tobby Anumaka, has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly refused to back the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in the crisis rocking the chapter.

He said in an interview published by Daily Sun Thursday that the president had told Okorocha to put his house in order on several occasions.

Anumaka accused Okorocha of trying to turn the state into a private enterprise, stressing that Buhari would never be part of such.

He said, “During the second and recent visit to the President in the Presidential Villa by Okorocha accompanied by the former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, where he went to plead with Buhari for soft-landing for Okorocha, the President advised him to go and put his house in order.

“Yes, President Buhari and APC stakeholders in Imo acknowledged the effort of the governor in the success of the party in the state, but that should not be a guarantee for Okorocha to turn the ruling party in the state into a private enterprise. This is exactly what he is trying to do and we say no and this is the cause of the problem in Imo APC.

“I know that President Buhari will never support personalisation of the party in state, which is the reason he advised Okorocha to accommodate other stakeholders because a tree does not make a forest even if it is an Iroko tree.”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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