Following his suspension on Friday by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a chieftain of the party in Enugu state, Osita Okechukwu, has described the move as an attempt by some people to “sideline their enemies in this season of contestation.” Okechukwu, who is the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) was suspended alongside the governors of Imo and Ogun, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun, as well as the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, on allegations of involvement in anti-party activities.
He said that he took time and resources to campaign vigorously for the APC and even set up the Zikist-Buharist-Movement (ZBM). “It is on record that with ZBM, we toured the nooks and crannies of Enugu and indeed the South East, canvassing for votes for our great party. I am also instrumental to the most consistent advert placed in several media in the Southeast, on behalf of our great party.”
According to Okechukwu:
- No one should blame him “for the triumph of bigotry in Enugu State and South East in general.” The VON DG appears to be insinuating that the loss of the APC and the president in the South East is evidence of bigotry by the people of the region.
- He also said Oshiomhole should not blame him when it was the chairman who hoisted some unpopular National Assembly candidates for the APC in the South East. “I am at loss to how one contributed to the failure of his darling candidate, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku Nwagu in Egede, her hometown, and Udi Council, her primary council in the five that make up the senatorial district.”
He promised to give a detailed reply when the party officially writes to him.