Erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has restated that former Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi could not have ordered members and supporters of the party in the state to vote against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the 2023 presidential election.
He said this in reaction to a statement credited to Tony Okocha, who he accused of politics of smear campaign.
In a statement made available to the media, the APC chieftain described the alleged false claim peddled by Okocha as fictitious and a cocktail of lies consciously schemed against Amaechi by adversaries who see such engagement as necessary to please their paymasters.
He said it should be noted for the umpteen time that the said Okocha was never a member of the APC during the period leading to the election and had no insight into the workings.
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Further, the APC chief commended the party’s National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for disappointing the people he described as Wike’s conflict mercenaries, Okocha and company, who had gone to meet him.
SKYBLAST TV reports that Okocha led a delegation of his circle to the National Secretariat of the APC.
Eze said the meeting was to seek Ganduje’s approval to proceed with their onslaught through campaigns of calumny against Amaechi and the mainstream APC state executive in Rivers.
“Okocha and his team were disappointed when Abdullahi Ganduje cautioned them not to heat up the polity and allow the leadership of the party at the central work out modalities to calm frayed nerves and resolve every issue affecting the party in the state before delving into constituting another party structure in the state,” he said.
He reiterated that Wike, Okocha or any member of their circle cannot remove Amaechi from APC.