The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has said that despite the alleged anti-party activities of the governors of Ogun and Imo States, the party will win the states going by the popularity of the party in the states.
Oshiomhole said that the governors have forgotten how they lost election on other political platform before they were given a chance in the APC.
Oshiomhole made this assertion, while receiving the APC women leaders from Edo State and Abuja, who paid him a solidarity visit in his office in Aso Drive, Abuja.
The national chairman of the APC fell in the black book of the governor of Imo, Ogun and Zamfara State due to his failure to acknowledge their proffered candidate as the flag-bearers of the party in the states.
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.”
The former Edo state governor said that Nigeria nice to build strong institutions that will be respected by all and not powerful individuals.
He added that the 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 of 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 ‘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.” Oshiomhole added.
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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