A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra State and the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the party, Barrister Ifeatu Obi-okoye, Thursday, stated that the party has resolved to shut its doors on the embattled Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
This is even as he confirmed to DAILY POST about attempts by Governor Okorocha through his aides and friends to be re-admitted into the party.
Speaking to DAILY POST in a phone interview on Thursday, Obi-okoye said APGA had rejected the governor because of his nonchalant attitude, vowing that no amount of money can readmit him into the party.
The former APGA spokesman, further disclosed how some powerful business moguls from Anambra state bankrolled and assisted Okorocha to become governor in 2011 and reiterated the resolve of the party not to re-admit him.
According to him,”I can confirm to you that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has made approaches to us, APGA, through several people.
” I’m not aware that he has come personally. Quite a number of his agents, friends, commissioners and closed relations have come on his behalf.
“To that extent, it is doubtful if any 3 million Naira has been offered to anybody. I must tell you, we have discussed Rochas. He will be the last person to be readmitted into our party.
“He will never return to the party. We gave him a ticket free of charge. There were no primaries before Rochas became our flag-bearer
“We were the people that raised logistics for him to run, which he even admitted in his inauguration. Rochas did not have much money in that election.
“But three principle people brought the money. Ifeany Ubah. He’s still living, Emeka offor and Chief Arthur Eze, all from Anambra state. I’m aware. I was close to the process”.
He added,”These were the people that brought the money for the election. Somebody like Ifeanyi Ubah brought three- hundred million Naira, Emeka offor brought one hundred and fifty million Naira”.
“And they brought it on the platform of APGA. Even if Okorocha comes with one trillion Naira, we will not touch it. We will never have anything do with him. He has been rejected by us. He has been rejected by the church. And you know APGA as a party has a strong foundation with the church.
“It is not possible for us to deal with a character that has been rejected by the church.
Recall that Governor Rochas Okorocha has been in loggerheads with some forces in the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress over the outcome of ward and local government congresses held in the state recently.
The Governor had called on the National Working Committee of the APC to cancel the congresses, stressing that no congress was conducted in Imo state.