By Ezeocha Nzeh
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the party would not require any input from aggrieved governors, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun to win in their states of Imo and Ogun during the 2019 general elections.
Oshiomhole boasted that 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 the governors.
The former Edo State governor, who spoke while receiving APC women leaders from Edo State and Abuja at his private office in Abuja, described the governors as poor students of their own history who had forgotten they lost elections before winning on the platform of the APC.
Okorocha and Amosun had fallen out with the APC National Chairman, after the party failed to submit the names of their preferred candidates as its governorship candidates for Imo and Ogun States to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
While Okorocha had in reaction to the NWC decision, backed his son in -law, Uche Nwosu and his Rescue Mission team to defect to the Action Alliance (AA), Amosun’s candidates and his team defected to the APM.
Oshiomhole said, “Those who think our political future is tied to them, are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, have forgotten that they have run for 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 have a few who are electoral liabilities.”
He maintained that the “anti party actions” of the two governors would not affect the fortunes of the party in the elections.
“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 from all the encumbrances of the present system. So in Imo I’m very confident.
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State. The state is one of the most enlightened States in Nigeria. They have a huge history; they are not in a political kingdom headed by one person.”
“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 of ‘’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.
He also noted that the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee were already yielding fruits in some places, adding that those with negotiable grievances were being sorted out.