The Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has hailed the Federal High Court judgement which nullified the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress in the state.
A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, presided over by Justice Lewis Allagoa, on Thursday ordered fresh Ward Congresses in the state.
Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that, “The judgement of the Court on the issue of APC congresses in Imo has only authenticated his sustained claim and that of patriotic leaders of APC in Imo that the congresses did not hold in the state with a lot of proofs to that effect.
“The judiciary has remained not only the last hope of the common man, but also the last hope of institutions and processes especially as they concern our democracy.
“Imo is the only APC state in the South-East and should have been encouraged to have successful congresses, to show good example to other states in the geo-political zone but regretted that those who had the task of conducting free and fair congresses decided to submerge the whole venture for their selfish agenda.
The Governor also commended members of APC in the state for “remaining calm and steadfast for all the time the controversies over the congresses were on and noted that the court has restored the desire of party members to elect officers of their choice at all levels in the state”.
Okorocha vowed that APC in Imo, will not tolerate those undue manipulations of electoral processes, adding that, “Anybody determined to play his or her politics in APC must do so in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution and also in line with approved democratic culture and practices.”