…as Ndoma Egba takes over as Sec. APC Nat.Convention
The senator representing Imo North in the nation’s senate chambers,Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu has called on Gov.Rochas Okorocha to go back to Imo State and clear the mess he left rather staying put in Abuja while the state suffers.
According to the ex-speaker of Imo State House of Assembly states the governor virtually left governance in Imo state to chase party positions in Abuja in the last two weeks.
The governor is said to have been in political war with the All Progressives Congress(APC) National leadership over the choice of Uwajumogu as Secretary of the Party’s National Convention Committee.
Though,the Ihite-Uboma born Senator had on Friday turned in his resignation letter to the Party and is replaced with Senator Ndoma Egba,SAN, from Cross River and Chairman,Niger delta Development Commission.
Uwajumogu speaking on resignation called on Gov.Okorocha to go home and complete the 27 General hospital he said he has built that is overgrown with weeds. He maintained that “Imo state is a massive basket of fraud and I am sure that the EFCC have their records”.
On the alleged opposition by a group of APC members in the state to gov.Okorocha,Uwajumogu said:“Our opposition to that it’s something that is based on principle; based on the fact that 95 per cent of Imo citizens and indeed South-easterners are not happy with what is happening in Imo State. South-east citizens are ashamed, that the only state we, APC, have in the region is being run the way it is in the past three years and for me, I did not have a choice than to detach myself from that government.
"I am aware that the governor is supporting some South-east citizens to run for offices zoned to the region and so now that I have resigned, nobody will accuse me of manipulating the process.”
Continuing,Uwajumogu quipped: “Now that I have resigned, I can only hope that my governor, Rochas Okorocha, will spend more time in Imo State attending to the various issues that he has created for himself because in the last two weeks, he has been here in Abuja running around for the convention and trying to put only people that are favourable to his policies.
"Okorocha has always threatened to leave the party if the congresses were not reversed. I hear he has threatened to leave if my position was not taken…This started more than two weeks ago and it is just a coincidence because I had made up my mind to leave. I am just hoping that now that I have left, he will return to Owerri. He has 27 hospitals he said he has built which have been overtaken by weeds. Imo State is a massive basket of fraud and I am very sure that the EFCC have their records.
"It is very clear today, that this is no longer an Imo issue but a South-east issue. It is very clear now that the entire South-east has lost confidence in the leadership of Rochas Anayo Okorocha and all we are saying is that Nigerians should take note that we no longer have him as our leader.
On the rumour that he was forced to resign from his position as National secretary of the APC convention Committee,he said: “My appointment was by the NWC and nobody has asked me to leave this position. The NWC met yesterday and there was no where in their meeting where I was asked to resign. It is a decision I made by myself. However, in any decision you take, there must be political consequences.”
“I want to announce to you that yesterday, I tendered my resignation as the Secretary of the APC Convention Planning Committee and the resignation was accepted last night by the national chairman of the party.
“The reason why I resigned, primarily is that when I was appointed, the date for the national convention, as we were informed, was to be on May 14. Eventually that date was moved to June 2 and there were hopes that the Convention would hold between June 2 and 9. However, the date has now been moved to June 23 and it will conflict with my family activities and responsibilities.
“For example, two of my children are graduating from the university in England within this month and I have a responsibility to be there,”
“So, I decided that since I won’t have the time for this convention, I should resign so that the position can be given to somebody who has the time. It is a decision that I took by myself. In my letter thank the national chairman and the Convention committee for all the support I received while I was here.”Uwajumogu said.
Meanwhile the National Publicity Secretary of APC,Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi has debunked the claims that the Uwajumogu resignation is at the instance of Gov.Okorocha but states “Yes. He said personal reasons, that they changed the date for the convention. It affected some of the other plans he had. There is a replacement already, senator Victor Ndoma-Egba.”