At road commissioning, Okorocha reveals plans to float new party from PDP and APC


* As Wike continues cursing spree

Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, may have tipped Gov Nyesom Wike’s hand by hinting on likely emergence of a new political party to be forged from the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the present ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The hint at a road commissioning project in Emuohua LGA of Rivers State at Gov Wike’s invitation seems to put paid to speculations on the rush of top political actors from across Nigeria from both parties. Pius Anyim is billed next to commission another stretch of rural road.

The likes of Babatunde Fashiola (Minister of Works), Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State have since graced the state for road commissioning schemes, forcing analysts to smell a rat and see more than roads as the objective of the grand events.

Gov Wike has hit hard at both the his PDP and the ruling APC, raising hints of him forging a third force soon. Now, Okorocha seems to give credence to that speculation.

Okorocha, now a senator, said forming a party from both parties would help move Nigeria’s development forward, adding that both parties had good and bad men. He said if like minds can come together from both parties, they would form a strong political party.

Okorocha, who has been around in most of the political parties including All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) that dominated Igboland in recent past, described Wike as a good friend.

Speculations had been high about Wike moving to the APC but during the series of commissioning, the Rivers governor and strong opposition voice has made it clear he was never going there. He rather drummed up support for the PDP but also hit out at his party in some areas. He has justified his actions saying he would not keep quiet when anything was going wrong.

His penchant for bringing dignitaries to commission his road rehabilitation projects has raised speculations about political motives but he has said it’s the only way to take back power from the APC. At one point, he challenged APC governors to show their own projects.

Wike has also continued his curing spree by asking anybody not happy with what he is doing to go and die. While commissioning the Garrison Flyover on Aba Road some weeks back, the governor had asked anybody angry over concentration of projects in Port Harcourt to go and die, saying there was enough soil/ground for mass burial.

Now, he has cursed those claiming not to see his achievements to go blind from refusal to see. Most persons are actually not saying he does not execute projects but that most of the roads were in Port Harcourt (Ikwerre land). Others ask him to float meaningful economic programmes that would create massive jobs and empowerments. He responded by asking the civil service to employ 5,000 workers.