Rochas Okorocha, a senator representing Imo West in the Nigerian Senate, says All Progressive Congress (APC) party was hastily formed in 2013 to wrest power from the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, who stated this yesterday in Abuja while addressing news men described political parties in the country as having no ideology but a vehicle used by politicians to transport themselves to power.
The APC founded on February 6th, 2013, is a conglomerate of four opposition political parties namely, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Mr Okorocha.
While in opposition, Globalgistng reveals that the now-ruling party promised heaven on earth when it sought power, but has since reneged on most of its promises, saying the oaths were given by the respective candidates, not the party.
“APC was a hurried arrangement formed to take power when the then government was drifting,” the Imo West lawmaker said.
“APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party, people who came for a congratulatory message, hijacked the party and became lords.
“The issue is not about APC or PDP. It is beyond political parties. We are talking about the character of the politicians. Political parties in Nigeria don’t have any ideology – it is just a vehicle to come to power.
“So, what we have is not the ideal thing. We have so many people who are not interested in working for the nation.
For instance, if President Muhamamadu Buhari had surrounded himself with good people, the story would not be the same today.
“We have bad people in APC, just as we have them in PDP and that was why I made the call in Rivers state that the good ones should come together to lead the people,” he added.
“APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party; people who came for congratulatory message hijacked the party and became Lords.”
Okorocha also hinted of moves to form a new party.
“The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians, to make the country work,” the former governor who recently declared his party dead in Imo added.