Oshiomhole is the father of ‘familiocracy’ – Okorocha
* Stop crying like a baby, emulate Buhari who lost thrice before winning as president, Oshiomhole fires back
By Steve Oko
The war of words between Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole , continued Sunday, with Okorocha calling Oshiomhole “the father of family dynasty “.
Okorocha’s outburst followed a remark by Oshiomhole that Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu was denied the APC governorship ticket so that the governor would not extend his family dynasty in Imo through him.
Oshiomhole had also told those who lost out in the just -concluded party primaries to stop complaining , accept defeat and emulate President Muhammadu Buhari who failed election three times before becoming the President in 2015.
Oshiomhole who addreesd newsmen Sunday in Benin after the church service marking the second anniversary of Gov. Godwin Obaseki accused Okorocha of attempting to build a family dynasty in Imo by planting his son-in-law, Nwosu, as his successor against the will of the people.
But Okorocha swiftly fired back at the former Edo State Governor, saying he was like a ‘pot calling kettle black ‘.
Okorocha who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo, said Oshiomhole had no moral justification to accuse somebody of building family dynasty when in fact, he has four of his direct brothers in, or seeking public office in Edo State.
The Imo State Governor said apart from himself, there was no other person from the Okorocha direct family in public office unlike Oshiomhole who planted his blood brothers everywhere in Edo public service.
He challenged Oshiomhole’s claims of probity in the discharge of his duties, and accused him of running APC as labour union.
Okorocha blasted Oshiomhole for asserting that APC denied Nwosu the governorship ticket in order not to create an Okorocha dynasty through his son-in-law.
Okorocha listed four of Oshiomhole’s brothers either in the Edo State Government or with a ticket of the APC.
He said Oshiomhole was the one building family dynasty in Edo where he was Governor for eight years.
His words :“To say the least, Adams Oshiomhole is the “father of family dynasty or nepotism or “familiocracy.” Uche Nwosu is from Nkwerre Local Government, while Rochas Okorocha is from Ideato South LGA.
‘’They have no relationship aside from the in-law issue. The only relation of Governor Okorocha who is in his government is Ogechi Ololo from Owerri North.
” She does not answer Ogechi Okorocha. There is no other direct or indirect relation of Okorocha in his government. So, as it stands now, Rochas is the only Okorocha running an election.
“But Oshiomhole is the known family dynasty builder. And Edo State is the victim. In fact, he is the architect of ‘Familiocracy.’ Adams Oshiomhole is the National Chairman of APC and governor for eight years.
“Rilwan Oshiomhole, his younger brother, is a Commissioner in Edo State Oil Producing Development Commission, EDSOPEDEC. Seid Aliyu Oshiomhole, another younger brother, is the House of Assembly candidate for Etsako West 2 State Constituency.
“Yakubu Oshiomhole is the Secretary to the Local Government Commission; Dr. Cyril Adams Oshiomhole is vying for the House of Representatives for Etsako Federal Constituency.
“With all these, between Rochas Okorocha, whose only relation in government is Ogechi Ololo from Owerri North and Adams Oshiomhole who has the Oshiomholes in government or contesting positions, who should be accused of building a dynasty or running a “familiocracy”?
Okorocha also, again, descended on the first Chairman of the congress panel that conducted the Imo primaries , Ahmed Gulak, accusing him of causing the crisis in the state.
Okorocha said Gulak and Oshiomhole “formed an unholy alliance to derail Imo APC nomination process.”
He wondered why Oshiomhole who later disbanded the Gulak committee and appointed a replacement panel did not accept the outcome of the primaries conducted by the new panel.
“Alhaji Gulak didn’t wait to conduct the primaries. He fled Owerri. And he told the world that he fled Owerri by 4:30 a.m. because there was a kidnap attempt on his person.
“The Secretary of the Committee, Henry Idahagbon from Edo State with seven other members who stayed behind, went ahead with the primaries and Uche Nwosu won the governorship primary.
“However, Comrade Oshiomhole told Nigerians that he had disbanded the Gulak committee and discarded all that came out of that committee and promised to set up a new one. In line with his promise, he set up another 13-member committee, led by Brigadier-General Ibrahim Agbabiaka.
“On October 6, 2018, the Agbabiaka Committee conducted the primaries and Uche Nwosu won that of the governorship. The Prof. Osunbor Appeal Panel also looked at the whole scenario and also declared Uche Nwosu candidate of the party. These are our narratives. Let Adams Oshiomhole or Gulak contradict us.
“A month after his first account of kidnap attempt, Alhaji Gulak began to talk about two million dollars bribe and other petty stories. It took him a whole month to remember the bribe angle. He didn’t talk about the kidnap attempt again.”