The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, is of the opinion that the All Progressive Congress (APC) would have fared better in the last general elections.
Mr Okechukwu however alleged that Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and the national chairman of the partt, Adams Oshiomhole ruined its fortunes in the zone.
The VON DG who revealed that much in an interview with the Sun also held that it is not just general belief, but national consensus governing the 4th Republic of Nigeria that the pre-eminent post of president rotates between the Northern belt to the Southern belt.
He said; “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,the party’s national chairman should be held responsible for the loss of Imo State. Oshiomhole did not listen to the genuine advice I gave him on July 12, 2018. We came to Central Rail Station Abuja to commission the Airport Rail line and while we were waiting for Mr President, I went across to greet him and discussion ensued about Okorocha’s imbroglio in Imo APC.
“There and then, I pleaded that the structure of the party should not be handed back to Okorocha. I narrated the genesis of how Okorocha wittingly or unwittingly squandered the golden opportunity of the APC in Imo and South East in general and how luckily the Senator Osita Izunaso-led faction rescued the structure out of Okorocha ’s hand in May-June party congress shortly before Oshiomhole was elected as the party’s national chairman
“But Oshiomhole disagreed with me, telling me that Okorocha was the first governor that supported his bid for chairman, that he cannot be excluded. I reminded him that if victory is the main goal, then with Okorocha on the driving seat, APC will lose, because he has alienated the Catholic Church and the Imo people. Oshiomhole rebuffed my candid advice and dissolved the Chief Hillary Eke-led executive of APC in Imo State. It was like Oshiomhole came with a mindset that all that his kinsman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the party’s former national chairman did were evil, which is false and bad assumption.
“I’m glad that Oshiomhole now seems more sober and careful in his tantrums and narcissism. Otherwise, APC could have retained Imo State if Oshiomhole had allowed Okorocha to sail with his Action Alliance. People like Senators Osita Izunaso and Ifeanyi Ararume couldn’t have defected to APGA Emeka Ihedioha is the beneficiary of Okorocha and Oshiomhole’s misadventures,” he added.