Outgoing Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that he has suffered setbacks in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ten times more than he did while being a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okorocha said this on Wednesday while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
He, however, vowed to remain in the party despite alleged attempts to force him out.
“The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me 10 times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first time informing them of their wrongdoings and illegal actions to withhold my certificate on mere allegation of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter.
“So, INEC on its own believed the reports of the Returning Officer without investigating the authenticity of the accusation. So, there was no issue of fair hearing at all.
“What is important here is that INEC does not have the power to withhold the certificate of return, having declared the result,” Okorocha said.
The governor also accused his party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of conniving with chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, to withhold his certificate of return as senator-elect.
“I believe the INEC chairman is up to a game with the chairman of the APC, who is being used to frustrate my coming to the Senate, and this is politically motivated. I’ve given INEC enough time to correct itself and do the needful and issue me my certificate of return but to no avail,” he said.