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Rivers APC chieftain slams Tony Okocha over leadership claims

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Former National Publicity Secretary of the now-defunct New People’s Democratic Party and a prominent figure within the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has strongly criticized Tony Okocha for asserting himself as the leader of the party in Rivers State.

In recent statements to the press, Okocha declared in Port Harcourt that the former governor, Chibuike Amaechi, no longer holds sway as the APC leader in the state. 

Okocha claimed credit for rallying support for APC’s presidential candidate, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, attributing the party’s success in the state to the significant backing received from Governor Nyesom Wike.

Accusing Amaechi of anti-party conduct and abandonment, Okocha’s remarks drew a sharp response from Eze, who accused Okocha of ingratitude and foolishness. Eze reminded Okocha of his past appointment as Chief of Staff by Amaechi, emphasizing that Okocha’s current actions amount to denigrating his former boss.

Eze further challenged Okocha’s affiliation with the APC during the 2023 general elections, questioning his legitimacy to comment on party decisions without proof of membership. He characterized Okocha as a pawn manipulated by undisclosed sponsors to execute divisive politics in Rivers State.

“I have consistently advised Okocha to desist from targeting Amaechi, as their status and principles differ vastly. Amaechi will not stoop to engage in such low-level politics,” Eze asserted in his statement to reporters.

 

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