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.    

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21 Comments to: Gov Okorocha Denies Dividing APGA

  1. Chiekezi Don(Jnr)

    October 11th, 2011

    Please my people enough of all these insults. The good and bad that happened when Chekwas was the chairman goes to him and ends there.Let’s not Luke back as
    much as we forward.From the time Umeh took the mantle of leadership,he takes the glory and the criticism if it goes huhu.Am I the only one that hasn’t seen any huhu yet.All that I can see is a young party that just made a grate impact.Is this the
    time for insults and noise making or time to celebrate the success of the Imo revolution.Let’s not make it an insult to those who died or persecuted during the revolution.Policies and strategies that can help the masses is better than painting your selves and the party more black than IKIRI.None of you is more APGA than the
    People that died during the revolution. Just like we have one Obi and Owelle as governors,we have one Umeh as the national chairman and it is the party that kept you all where ever you find yourselves for now and it is also the party that can disown or remove one from his/her position constitutionally.Gray hair is honourably and respect will remain reciprocal.The party remains grateful to those that died or suffered during the revolution.We are equally grateful to the services of the king makers,Ikemba,National Chairman Umeh,Chekwas,H E Obi and Okorocha,
    the Agbaso’s,National,State,Local Gov and Ward executives.Peace and one love to both ordinary honourably members of the party and none members that fought to bring about change that we all thought that wouldn’t happen.I repeat,let’s not look back as much as we look forward.APGA Onyeaghalanwanneya.

  2. Silas Chukwurah

    October 5th, 2011

    GOODLUCK, i was wondering which utopia you are living in until you confirmed it. you live in london and therefore are not fully aware of the situation on ground, so let us, who are diehard party members from beginning and who live, not just in Nigeria dut in Anambre state furnish you with a few hard facts: APGAgenerated over 800 million naira from sale of party forms alone not to mention donations and these funds were paid into an account operated ALONE by victor umeh who cannot account for the whereabouts of this money after only a few months in his custody. is this not why he is a guest at EFCC?WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS MONEY AND THE REST OF APGA FUNDS?yet you turn round and accuse public officials of embezzling public funds. isnt this what umeh has done?and you say he is JUST A PARTY CHAIRMAN-YES- The type that wields more power than his governors by cornering appointment into boards, award of contracts and appointing commissioners. wise up, GOODLUCK,which is not your real name.we are not fooled. the assets anp property umeh bpoght with our party funds must be confiscated by EFCC if there is any justice left in this country.Rochas is not the issue.

  3. Martins Ezeh

    October 5th, 2011

    Rochas Okorocha did not restructure ANPP and PDP why APGA? He now want to restructure a winining team, one month after becoming an elected governor. Who provided all the suppport at various pooling booths? Who challenged a well-funded PDP agents at the pooling booths and collation centers? Who signed Rochas Okorocha membership form and party card? Who represented APGA, and fought for the cancellation of some areas manipulated by PDP agents? Rochas Okorocha is a huge joke. He wants to appoint his men in key positions and decamp enmass to PDP.Look at a man that is eyeing a vice president, yet, he is unable to stablise a party that provided him with all the support he needed to becoming governor. Ohakim may be a better evil. People should tell Rochas to be a loyal party member and deliver on his promises. Fashola is not restructuring ACN but everyone can attest that Fashola is a wise choice.Nke ndi igbo na-apu iche. Obi agaghi agbawa m.

  4. Jakie Chan

    October 4th, 2011

    Dis is anoda Ojukwu tori? 247 I tell u peppl to stop. Rochas is enugwu man im no be imo man. look am well well. he is 4rom enugwu. dat is my own. ojukwu don beta? i no like de red cap chairman. im dey too langa troat and im wan make imo agulu. i no like apga. i wan be govnor. wen is next election?

  5. odumodu

    October 4th, 2011

    I CANT BELIEVE THAT PETER OBI WITH ALL HIS EXPOSURE WILL DESCEND TO LEVEL OF A TYPICAL ANAMBRA MAN/ TRADER. THE MOST PAROCHIAL IBO MAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ANAMBRA MAN. HE IS THE IMAGE OF THE IBO MAN THE OTHER NIGERIANS SEE WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE – GREEDY,MONEY-LOVING, AGGRESSIVE, ETC. THE SOONER THEY LEARN THAT MONEY IS NOT ALL THAT MATTERS, THE BETTER FOR THE REST OF TBOLAND. ROCHAS PLEASE STEER CLEAR OF OBI AND HIS BROTHER UMEH. HOW CAN TWO AGULU MEN REPRESENT THE IBO RACE? GOD IS IN COMMAND.

  6. Mrs Afolabi

    October 4th, 2011

    Gov Okorocha Denies Dividing APGA, am not am igbo woman,I am a yoruba woman but from this captions shows that peace is getting back to APGA. As a Nigeria I have been following Chief Umeh’s activities and I can tell you that he has done well for APGA. Chekwas Okorie is the founding Chairman but what impact has he made when he was the Chairman.He could not deliver a state governor ,a senator, house of rep member and you call tha person a politicians.
    Igbos should wake and stop blamiing one another. Ac has taken over yoruba land and you people could even deliver APGA to your people. I dont wish to be ibo but pls give credit to Chief Umeh so that APGA WILL NOT MELT AWAY LIKE PPA. IF Rochas is that messiah why didnt other party’s give him a governorship ticket. Who is fooling who here.

  7. Goodluck

    October 4th, 2011

    Chimdalu Okwara is seems that u are very myopic in politics. From ur surname it sounds that you are from ABIA STATE. Please dont let your heart rule your head. What brought Rochas to power is APGA and I said it before that Umeh is not our problem. Y cant we look into the ethics of politics and stop being sentimental. Instead of us addressing the issue of bad governance from people that are in power like Rochas and Obi that signs the budget of a state,we are busy attacking the poor Chief Umeh that has no power to award contracts.Our infrastructure is very bad. We should task our Governors to improve the standard of living. We should stop chasing shadow and focus on substance.
    I live in London and if you witness and see the way this governors are embezzling our public funds. Umeh is just a party Chairman. Just think of good policies and strategies that can help the masses.

  8. ALOZIE

    October 4th, 2011

    i am member of AGENDA and i know the big effort ourorganisation put into the campaign and election of OWELLE, our able governor. for your information, all those who are now claiming this and that should go and sit down. these people kept far and did not give OWELLEany chancetowin this election.even peter obi did not show his face in imo state throughout the campaign because ohakim is his friend.Victor umeh was gunning for matin agboso. only OJUKWU wife support us therefore she is the only one who have mouth to talk on this matter and our governor will listen.people should leave OWELLE alone to do his work and progress imo state. all this accusation of dividing APGA is juut to tanish his image and will not work.

  9. Lomaji Egbe

    October 4th, 2011

    AS FAR AS IM CONCERN THEY SHOULD HAND THAT PARTY OVER TO UWAZURIKE TO RUN IT AND UNITE IT AS HE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULY RUNING MASSOB FOR ALL THIS YEARS BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE ONLY AFTER MONEY IN THIS PARTY AND NOT CARING ABOUT THESE MASSES WHO ARE BACKBONE OF THIS PARTY.UMEH SHOULD NOT BECOME SITTIGHT LEADER BECAUSE HE HAVE ALREADY MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY FROM APGA SO HE SHOULD ALLOW OTHERS TO COME IN TO MAKE THE PARTY TO BE LIKE ACN IN SOUTH WEST.

  10. Chimdalu Okwara

    October 4th, 2011

    ROCHAS, please extend your rescue mission to APGA -AGULU PEOPLES GOVERMENT ASSOCIATION – and revert it back to APGA- All PROGRESSIVE GRAND ALLIANCE. Our party is on the bink of extinction andthese charlatans are not helping matters.umeh should give somebody else chance. he should not make himself life chairman as he is trying to do.it is ojukwu and chekwas who started this party and umeh should stop behaving as if he is the king there.he should know Rochas is not weak like Obi and therefore can save this party without sentiment. He is not from agulu,either.

  11. Ohanaeze

    October 4th, 2011

    Rochas Okorocha should focus on his rescue mission bc thru that an ordinary Imolite will benefit from it. Under Umeh’s leadership we have two states,we should give credit to him. Rochas has not come out openly to criticize his Chairman cos he knows the effort of Chief Umeh in his election.
    Election is gone now and I will advice every writer to TASK Rochas to beat Mbakwe’s record. Thanks

  12. Bilante

    October 4th, 2011

    Thanks Ngaraba O and Barr J. Ihejika, am very surprise if a learned person like Ihejika will talking about politics with such an animosity.
    Governor Okorocha I know him personaly ”Nwata etoro eto juo ihe mere nnaya, ihe mere nnaya emeya” Okorocha would have stayed in office at least for one year because jumping. I have said before structuring a party is not by removing people its all about policies and strategies. We are in Diaspora and I tell that what our people needs now is better infrastructure.
    Calling on Umeh or Bianca will not help any of you down there other disunity. Because ”knowledge without ambition is like a boat/ship on a dry land”. Please lets stop blaming anybody cos all of are the same.Thanks

  13. Ngaraba O

    October 4th, 2011

    It is common knowledge that umeh never wanted Rochas as governor and was only interested in installing his friend Agbaso as imo governor.what now gives BILANTE the right to claim that Rochas could never be governor without Umeh? umeh was only out for his personal interest, nothing to do with party. which was why he was issuing list of his inlaws to be made commissioners.Rochas on the other hand chose to make party members his commissioners, people who worked for his election. APGA needs restructuring now because what is going on there now is nothing other than power tussle over who will replace the vacum left by ojukwu absense.peter Obi needs to support Rochas to accomplish this effectively if APGAis to survive. Rochas is a man of action and that is why he have support of people like uwazurike and bianca ojukwu. we should not let all what Ojukwu laboured for to be in vain.APGA must be strong to spread to every corner of igboland

  14. Barr.J.Ihejirika Jr.

    October 4th, 2011

    MY OWN IN ALL THIS DEVELOPMENT IS THAT THESE APGA LEADERS SHOULD RESTRUCTURE THEIR PARTY BEFORE EFCC DOES IT FOR THEM. FOR SOME DAYS NOW THEIR PARTY EXECUTIVES HAVE BEEN LANGUISHING IN EFCC DETENTION CELLS FOR GROSS EMBEZZLEMENT OF THEIR PARTY FUNDS AND THEIR PARTY MEMBERS IN ANAMBRA STATE ARE LIKE PEOPLE IN A DRUG INDUCED SLEEP.WHEN WILL THEY WAKE UP TO REALISE THAT THEIR PARTY CANNOT BE RUN LIKE A VILLAGE ASSOCIATION?IS THE ANAMBRA GOVERNOR AN APGA MEMBER? THIS IS A CASE OF :THE MORE YOU LOOK…ROCHAS MUST RISE TO THE OCCASION AND BRING ABOUT TRANSFORMATION IN THIS PARTY.OJUKWU MUST HAVE SEEN THAT POTENTIAL IN HIM AND THAT IS PROBABLY WHY HIS WIFE BIANCA GAVE HER FULL SUPPORT DESPITE UMEHS DISSENT.APGA NEEDS TO GROW AND A DYNAMIC LEADER LIKE ROCHAS IS WHAT IS REQUIRED TO INJECT FRESH IDEAS INTO THE PARTY.

  15. Bilante

    October 4th, 2011

    I welcome the great news from Rochas. People should stop mentioning Umeh because our problem in Nigeria is bad governance.
    I taught people will thanking God that at last there is peace in APGA. Stability brings peace,Chief Victor Umeh has brought stability to APGA and without him today their will be no Gov Rochas. I can recall when they wanted to kill him a some point in Owerri in Ohaji Egbema during that election.
    Please I want to advice my good friend Gov Rochas to continue his good works in Imo state to better the life of the people. Thank you Govr Okorocha for this recent development.

  16. Sir Tee

    October 4th, 2011

    Hey Mr Krubos, politics is not all about being elected in office but it also needs someone to use his initiative at all times.
    If you are an APGA member and witnessed what Chief Umeh did in Owerri in the last April for Rochas,you wont be mentioning Umeh’s name.
    Please let us stop blaming one another and forge ahead to see if our great party APGA can be a dominant party come 2014/2015. Thank you

  17. Sir Tee

    October 4th, 2011

    I want to correct Jonny Ukwuegbu,the comment forum if for us to state the facts about party. Bianca Received Rochas does not mean that he should restructure APGA in 2 weeks into office.Please check very well and know why Bianca did it. No government functions without carrying the stakeholders along. All we want is Unity, good policies and strategies.
    I say bravo to Gov Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha for all his good works in Imo state. Long live APGA, long live Gov Rochas Okorocha and long live Chief Sir Victor Umeh

  18. Jonny Ukwuegbu

    October 3rd, 2011

    Where was this prince Nwaka and his so called Apga state executives when Rochas Okorocha declared his intention to contest under their party platform? wwere they anywhere in sight?infact didnt they ban all thier party members from identifying with Rochas and even denied him party membership card?only Bianca ojukwu came to formally recieve him into the party.why complain now?

  19. Krubos

    October 3rd, 2011

    is it not Umeh who is the cause of this problem when he suspend Rochas from the party after Ojukwu wife come to owerri to welcome him into APGA.Now thar Rochas is governor he hav right to make any reshuffle because he is equally a stakeholder and Umeh cannot deny that.

  20. Ekejiuba

    October 3rd, 2011

    THE TRUTH IS THAT APGA AS A PARTY NEEDS RESTRUCTURING AND ROCHAS MUST NOT RELENT IN THIS QUEST. HE IS A CHANGE AGENT AND HAS COME AT THE RIGHT TIME TO TAKE THE PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THIS IS A TASK WHICH IS BEYOND OBI WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND GOODWILL TO DO SO BUT WASTED IT AND ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE HELD HOSTAGE BY UMEH WHO DOES NOT WANT ANYBODY OF SUBSTANCE TO JOIN THE PARTY SO AS NOT TO CHALLENGE HIS DOMINANCE. RIDE ON ROCHAS. 99% OF APGA IS BEHIND YOU.THIS HOUSE MUST NOT FALL. YOU OWE THIS TO THE GREAT OJUKWU AND THE RESILIENT PEOPLE OF IBOLAND

  21. Fabian Uwadi

    October 3rd, 2011

    we all are witness to what happen in imo state over this governorship electin. mark yot that Umeh refuse to recieve Rochas into the party. it is Bianca Ojukwu who singlehanded made it possible for Rochas to be recieve into Apga to contest for the election because i was there physical at the square where she give her speech welcome Rochas to the party and asking uu to vote Rochas. Umeh was not there and equally warn all other party members not to attend. am not suprise this is happening. it is now Rochas turn to give him taste of his own medicine. a lesson for us people.