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Okorocha in trouble as APC threatens sanction over forgery

The John Oyegun led National leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC has threatened to sanction Rochas Okorocha, Imo  State governor for forgery.
APC alleged that Okorocha through his known associates, Ireagwu Obioma, who styles himself as Acting Secretary, Imo APC, falsely forged a memo purportedly generated by Chief of Staff to National Chairman, Edwin Ikhinmwin and signed by the Party’s Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire. In the said forged letter, he claimed that APC had received the court injunction barring it from conducting state congress in Imo.
Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary accused Okorocha’s aide of having made a number of false claims against the APC in an advertorial published in the Daily Trust Newspaper of June 11, 2018, titled in part: “Let The Truth Speak for Itself” which was signed by Obioma.
“The import of the allegations was that the Party was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo State Congress following receipt of a copy of the so-called court injunction which directed it to maintain status quo,” Abdullahi said.
He insisted that both Banire, APC Legal Adviser and Ikhinmwin, Chief of Staff to the National Chairman has denounced the document as fake and a clear case of forgery while a legal advice is being sort for appropriate punishment of the perpetrators.
“Indeed Banire, our Party’s Legal Adviser and the Chief of Staff, have denounced the document as fake, stating clearly that they neither originated nor signed such memo. This is therefore, a clear case of forgery borne out of desperation.”
“We are currently seeking legal advice on how to proceed with the matter to ensure that those culpable are identified and duly punished.”
The APC Spokesman further insisted that the published documents in the advertorial do not support the party’s position.
“In fact, we strongly believe that the court ruling being paraded as injunction does not serve Governor Okorocha’s interest. At the time of the ruling a new set of Party executives had been validly elected, consequently the court ruling directing that the status quo is maintained, actually means that no one should interfere with the newly elected APC party executives in the state.”
“Also in the advertorial, a so-called internal Party memo was published, which purportedly showed that we were aware of the pendency of the legal issues involving the congresses in Imo and Abia States.”
“The published ‘memo’ by the agents of the Imo State Governor is fake. No such memo was generated by our Party. A casual look will reveal the inconsistency of the published document.”
“It is impossible for such an incoherent document to have emerged from our Party, or any sane organisation – for one person to generate a memo and another person to sign it,” Abdullahi maintained.
According to the APC National Publicity Secretary, Okorocha has in recent weeks made libellous attacks on the Party and its leaders a daily occurrence.
“Hardly a day passes by without Governor Okorocha verbally assaulting our National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun and other Party leaders over the recently concluded Congresses in Imo State.”
“The sensible thing to do when you find yourself in a ditch is to stop digging. We therefore, once again urge Governor Okorocha to tread the path of caution and reconciliation and to work with the duly elected Party executives in the state for the good of the Party.”
“We shall however not tolerate his constant assault on the Party, either directly or through proxies”.
Okorocha has been at loggerheads with the APC leadership since he lost out in the party congresses in the state. He has been hoping he could get the party’s national executive to have the congresses cancelled but he has not succeeded in doing that.
Meanwhile, Organised labour on Wednesday vowed to resist all attempts by former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Labour Party.
Mike Omotosho, NLC Chairman, stated this at a press briefing held in Abuja.  He accused the former governor of plotting to destabilise the party which he dumped for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) few days to the party’s convention in 2015.
He also warned all the politicians who intend to use Labour Party as rehabilitation platform for their dwindling political fortune, to steer clear.
“It has come to our knowledge the moves by the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Labour Party. Nigerian workers wish to put a disclaimer to this ill-fated adventure.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress is fully aware of plans by Olusegun Mimiko to destabilize the current gains being made by workers to reclaim and reposition the Labour Party. It is very obvious that the sole purpose of Mimiko’s re-approach to the Labour Party is to use the party to launder his sagging political image.”
“In the same vein, the Nigeria Labour Congress wishes to categorically disown and-condemn recent posturing and proclamations by some ‘politicians in Ekiti State that they are the candidates of the Labour Party in the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti State. The Labour Party has no candidate in the  July 14, 2018  governorship election in Ekiti State. lNEC, workers and the Ekiti electorate should not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by the antics of political impostors.”
“Furthermore, all political aspirants in the Labour Party are requested to deal only with the Screening Committee of the party. On no account should anyone engage in any form of financial transaction on issues related with the Labour Party with A. A. Salam and Julius Abure.
“Right now, the Labour Party is pre-occupied with strategic repositioning aimed at re-energizing our capacity as a people for issue-based politics and ideologically driven political contestations.”
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