NNPC: Araraume’s Non-membership of APC might have been the reason he was sacked


While the President Muhammadu Buhari government has remained tight lipped about the reason for sacking former Okigwe Senator, Ifeanyi Araraume, as the Chairman for the NNPC board, a position for which his name was earlier mentioned, speculations that his removal may not be unconnected to the fact that Araraume was not a member of the ruling party have emerged in various quarters.

It could be recalled that the All Progressives Congress APC, held its nationwide registration and revalidation of members recently, and Araraume, who had taken sides with the Senator Rochas Okorocha political family, had refused to be counted as a member of the party, by his refusal to recognise the state executive loyal to Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Like Okorocha, Araraume did not participate in the exercise, which had made him unqualified to be called a member of the ruling party.

Speculation have it that his name may have been dropped from the NNPC board, as Buhari may have viewed it as an attack on the party, by arming a member of the “opposition” with such a lucrative position, through which he can do a lot of damage to the party, especially in Imo State.

The political landscape in the Imo State APC, have been torn between the Uzodinma led faction and the Okorocha faction, both claiming legitimacy.

It was a battle of wits, that cost Araraume the chance to return to the Senate, as he would lose out to a political greenhorn, Frank Ibezim.

With the Imo APC coming forward recently, to declare that Okorocha and his co-travellers, were not members of the party, owing to the fact that they did not revalidate their membership of the party, there are speculations that the recent romance between him and Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, might see him jumping ship either to the PDP, or APGA as recently rumoured.

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