Former governor of Imo state and the senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha says he is the APC pillar.
The senator believes that the All Progressives Congress may collapse after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore called for an overhauling of the party leadership to avert this.
Rochas Okorocha gave this view at an interaction with newsmen in Abuja, after the election tribunal affirmed his electoral victory.
According to him, Buhari’s reputation appears to be the binding factor of APC in addition to the fact that the North was arguably the major decider in Nigeria’s politics.
“I have never thought of leaving the party; I feel that time will take care of most things but my only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari.
“For the moment, Buhari seems to be the strongest pillar upon which this party is built. If nothing is done to correct the injustices in our party at the national level, then, I fear that this party may disappear with Buhari’s exit“.
“Our party is already busy thinking about presidency in 2023 and not supporting the issue of governance which is what we have right now. The score of our party or its assessment depends on what we have done with governance and what we have done with politics“.
“These are some of the problems we have and thinking that being APC is a platform to catch political power. People have begun to zone where the president will come from and where he will not come from, leaving the issue of governance; so, these have been some of the challenges we have as a party but I hope they will be addressed“.
But that cannot be complete unless we do some surgical movement in the leadership of the party,” Okorocha added.
He also noted that Nigerians would judge their leaders on the basis of what they had done as a government before they could decide what to do with them in 2023.
The former Imo governor further said that he was not in a hurry to make decisions on the next line of action following his suspension from the party.
He, however, revealed that his in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu, would return to APC from AA if he eventually reclaimed his governorship mandate.
Okorocha commended the judiciary for upholding his election describing the tribunal’s ruling as a “proof of his innocence” after INEC accused him of obtaining his victory through duress.
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