BY FRANCIS IGATA

ENUGU – Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, South-East geopolitical zone, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has dismissed the statement credited to Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas on the exclusion of Ndigbo in the appointments made by President Muhamamdu Buhari, saying,  the governor  should accept responsibility for the fate of the South East geo-political zone.

Okechukwu was reacting to an interview granted to a national daily by Okorocha, who was quoted as saying that he shared the sentiments of the Igbo over non-inclusion in the list of appointment made by President Buhari.

According to Okorocha in the said interview, “Some of the appointments we lost was of the doings of our people.”
Gov Okorocha of Imo State
Gov Okorocha of Imo State

In a statement, Sunday, Okechukwu said Okorocha should take responsibility for Igbo’s exclusion in the recent list of appointees.

“All one can say is that to the best of my knowledge, he (Okorocha) neither truly campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari nor the All Progressives Congress.

“My thinking is that while we blame Ndigbo for putting all our eggs in one basket, we should blame our leaders who genuinely didn’t campaign for President Buhari nor APC candidates in their domain.

“I challenge Governor Okorocha to tell the world how far he assisted Senator Osita Izunaso for his bid for Orlu senatorial district, his own constituency; Uche Onyeguocha and Uwajimogu of Owerri and Okigwe districts respectively.”

While noting that a little assistance from Governor Okorocha could have earned APC two senatorial and other legislative seats, Okechukwu made it clear that there was no point for him to blame Ndigbo without blaming himself first.

“This is a man some of us advised not to run against the zoning convention, that it will deny Ndigbo the chance of producing either the chairman or the vice presidential slot and he refused. He thought we are in Nollywood,” the APC zonal spokesman said.

According to Okechukwu, the Imo Governor should forthwith desist from the blame game and accept responsibility for the fate of Ndigbo in Buhari’s appointments.

He maintained that Okorocha lied when he claimed that he was crying like a lonely voice in the wilderness for Ndigbo to vote for Buhari.

He insisted that if Okorocha really cried like a lonely voice in the wilderness, President Buhari would have gotten at least 30 percent of the votes cast in Imo State and not 18 percent.

“If Okorocha worked for APC in the South-East, how come we did not even win a single senatorial seat in Imo and the entire zone? He should stop this blame game and accept responsibility for the fate that has befallen Ndigbo,” Okechukwu said.

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