Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, is set to face more sanction, apart from his suspension from the All Progressives Congress, APC, as Governors elected under the party are set to take more draconian action against the Governor.
Okorocha, who was suspended by the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC National Working Committee, NWC, over anti-party activities, may be removed as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, despite his tenure ending less than 2 months from now.
Reports revealed that Governors under the aegis of Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, are allegedly plotting his removal as the Forum’s Chairman, as questions continue to grow on his moral right to paddle the Leadership of the Forum, following his suspension in February from the APC; and also, as a ploy to further punish the Governor.
It was gathered that the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, is likely to take the position from the embattled Imo State Governor, if the Forum eventually sacks him at its next meeting.
According to the report, Okorocha, whose tenure ends on May 29, may find himself in the cesspool of mess, for his role in the Imo State APC crisis, which eventually led to the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State Governorship election.
The unnamed source said: “Yes, there are attempts to remove him as Chairman of the APC Governors Forum. Those behind the plot are claiming that it is unlawful for him to preside over anything that has to do with the APC, having been suspended from the party.
“We have made it clear to them that suspension is different from expulsion. Until he is expelled from the party, the Governor remains a bonafide member of the party.
“Besides, the Governor has even rejected his suspension, saying the National Chairman lacks the power to suspend him, as a foundation member of APC.
“They are just trying all they could do to rubbish him before his tenure expires, in May. First, they dabbled into the Governorship primary of APC in Imo, and denied his favoured Candidate, Uche Nwosu, the ticket. The party paid dearly for it, as PDP reaped from the crisis.
“Later, they claimed he has been suspended from the party. Not done, they connived with INEC to deny him his Certificate of Return, as the duly elected Senator for Imo-West. Now, they are plotting to remove him as Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, when he has just less than two months to handover.”
However, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, laughed off the impeachment plot, adding that, his principal’s suspension by the APC NWC, does not affect his Leadership of the party’s Governorship Forum.
Onwuemeodo said: “I have not heard about it. This is my first time of hearing about it. He is presently the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, and until anything to the contrary happens, he has no problem with the APC Governors. He has been working well with them, and they are on the same page on issues.”