The mounting task before the knewly sworn-in All Progressive Grand Alliance [APGA] governor of Imo State appears grand as the new adminstration recently scaled over the first 100 days in office without significant administrative mishaps. Information available to 247ureport.com indicate that the Okorocha administration has begun a restructure of his approach to the party politics in Imo State, South East and Nationally.
As gathered, the recent noise over the growning divide within the Imo State APGA along with the National APGA believed to be fanned by Gov Rochas Okorocha from behind the curtain is said to have brought about a rethink in the Rochas Okorocha camp of political strategists. It was learnt that Gov Rochas Okorocha does not want the general public to see his priorities as shifting away from the governance of Imo State. A source within the media managers of Okorocha’s adminstration told 247ureports.com that the Governor is nolonger focused on re-structuring of the party structure in the State or Nationally, at least, for now. The source stated that the Governor may revisit the idea in the near future.
Governor Rochas Okorocha had been behind the push for the removal of the Prince Nwaka led APGA executives in Imo State – who originally provided the ticket with which candidate Rochas Okorocha used to contest for the gubernatorial elections of April 2011. Also, Gov Rochas Okorocha had been behind the push for the removal of the Chief Victor Umeh led National APGA executives – for reasons that Chief Victor Umeh and his executive members had preferred to give the gubernatorial ticket to Phil Agbasso rather than Rochas Okorocha. It took the intervention of Ifeanyi Uba and Bianca Ojukwu for Chief Victor Umeh and his executives to back down and hand the ticket to Rochas Okorocha. And Okorocha is said to remain revengeful over the incident.
Our source who is a close associate of the Imo State governor, notes that the recognized APGA Chairman in Imo State remains Prince Nwaka – and that it was only the work of detractors wanting to destabilize the Okorocha administration. The Rochas Okorocha associate denied the allegation that the refined role of the Agenda group [Okorocha’s political structure] as being a replacement of the existing APGA in Imo State. This notion was seconded by the former gubernatorial candidate for APGA in the 2007 general elections, Phil Agbasso who told 247ureports,com that “APGA remains one big family” in Imo State. He continued that there remains only one recognized executice and chairman in the person of Prince Nwaka.
The Chairman of APGA Imo State, Prince Nwaka believes otherwise. In his take, the seating governor of Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha has yet to recognize the party that provided him with the platform to contest for the gubernatorial elections. He added that following his victory at the polls that – Okorocha has only appointed one core APGA member into his administration. He went on to state that following the appointment of the lone APGA member, the governor immediately sidelined the APGA State Executives, and turned to his Agenda group instead for political matters. He adds also that the Imo State APGA has totally been sidelined.
The same appears to be evident in the National APGA. The EFCC was recently reported to have invited/arrested three executive members of Victor Umeh led APGA for interrogation over possible mismanagement of N2.6billion of party funds. Sources within the National executive point to Rochas Okorocha’s push/plot to remove the existing National executive and to replace them with his Agenda group – who are believed to be in waiting to structure a possible president run for Okorocha in 2015.