Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said that the APC will win Imo and Ogun States with or without the support of the state governors, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun.
Oshiomhole stated this while receiving APC women leaders from his home state, Edo, and the Federal Capital Territory.
He also boasts that the popularity of the ruling party in Imo and Ogun States had soared despite the alleged anti-party activities by Okorocha and Amosun.
The relationship between these governors and Oshiomhole fell out following the party primaries in their various states. The APC instead of recognizing their candidates chose others as their governorship candidates in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
Consequently, the two governors, whose candidates have since defected to other parties to pursue their governorship ambition, said they would not support the APC governorship candidates in their state. Governor Amosun vowed that he will not support the APC candidate in his state, but will however support the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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, 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, 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.
Oshiomhole expressed confidence that the action of the two governors would not affect the party in the state.
For Okorocha whose his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, is his preferred candidate, Oshiomhole said would have only one vote in 2019.
“In Imo State today, the 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.
As for Ogun State the APC Chairman said; “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.