*Okorocha reports Oshiomhole to Buhari
*Begs him to call national chairman to order
*Says Oshiomhole enthroned culture of rascality into APC
*Condemns his insult on former President Olusegun Obasanjo
By Mike Odiakose
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Thursday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over his recent outburst against members of the party and other leading Nigerians.
Reacting to Oshiomhole’s latest media attack on some APC governors and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Okorocha said through Sam Onwuemeodo, his Chief Press Secretary that Oshiomhole has enthroned the culture of rascality into the APC and this may work against the party during the forthcoming general election.
The governor reminded President Buhari that the PDP lost the 2015 election because the party leaders were busy insulting the opposition and Oshiomhole is towing the same path that cost PDP the last election.
“We won’t take the pain to begin to talk about all the abuses, but to humbly plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party, to call Oshiomhole to order. The Party’s National Chairman has, in less than six months, enthroned the culture of rascality into the Party and the development is not good for the Party. APC is not known for rascality and abuses. And the earlier he is called to order the better for the party.
“Since Muhammadu Buhari became President, he has never used any foul language on any Nigerian, low or high, and that is the best way to go. And Oshiomhole should borrow a leaf from Mr. President.
“One of the reasons the PDP lost in 2015 was the abuses the handlers of the Party then were heaping on the APC Presidential Candidate then, and the President today, Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole should be advised not to tow the 2015 PDP line.”
On the attack on former President Obasanjo, the Imo state governor maintained that Oshiomhole should have considered his (Obsanjo’s) status as an elder statement before pouring invectives on him.
“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the former President of the country. And no matter the provocation or his political activities this time, Oshiomhole should have considered his status as the former President of the country in talking about him, and should have exercised caution in addressing him.
“Saying that God would punish the former President was never advisable. This should not be the language of APC. APC does not belong to Oshiomhole.
“He should therefore be advised to carefully select his words when he is talking about certain categories of Nigerians. And he should also find out why he is the only one talking about APC and no other member of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party is doing so”, he stated.
Governor Okorocha further advised that instead of turning himself into an attack dog, Oshiomhole should market the achievements of President Buhari to woo voters to the APC.
“Oshiomhole should help the party and its candidates by making his points without abusing people. The way Oshiomhole is talking has become nauseating to most Nigerians and the earlier he is called to order, the better.
He should be talking about the achievements of President Buhari and APC as a party instead of using the opportunities he would have used to do that, to be insulting people.
“To say the least, few weeks to the elections, APC and its candidates do not need Oshiomhole’s abuses or insults but the reasons Nigerians should re-elect President Buhari and elect APC Candidates”, Okorocha added.