The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has again blasted the governors of Imo and Ogun States, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun respectively, over the irreconcilable differences of the party’s primaries in the states which has made the governors vowed not to work for the APC governorship candidates in the states.
To further degenerate the crises, the preferred candidates in Imo and Ogun and some aides of the governors had since defected to other political parties to pursue their ambitions.
Oshiomhole, however, said with the popularity of the APC in Imo and Ogun States, the party would win the 2019 elections despite the alleged anti-party activities of their governors. Adding that the governors only have a vote each and Okorocha’s “commissioner for Happiness” too has a vote.
He described the governors as poor students of their own history who had forgotten they lost elections before winning on the platform of the APC.
Oshiomhole said, “Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.”
“Whether you are a big or small man, the rules are not supposed to discriminate. Our popularity in Imo and Ogun today is much higher. It is not that once you are a governor you have high electoral value.
“Yes in APC, our governors have high electoral value but we also a few who are electoral liabilities.”
“In Imo state today, APC will win more votes. My focus is on ordinary Imo voters because on that day, the governor would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote.
“But artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not being paid have the same weight of vote and they are excited about the renewed possibility of a new government coming with fresh ideas free of all the encumbrances of the present system. So in Imo I’m very confident.
“If they were looking for true reconciliation, they wouldn’t have done what they did (defection of aides). That is not how democracy works. Nigeria must grow beyond this syndrome ‘I’m the governor, I will decide.’ You have only one vote. With due respect, I was once a governor. Overall APC is much stronger now.”
Stating that the party would review if any of its rules had been breached, Oshiomhole added that the real sanction was with the electorate.
He, however, said the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee were already yielding fruits in some places while those with negotiable grievances were being sorted out.
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