National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole, has assured party supporters that the ruling party will win all elective positions in Imo and Ogun State.
Oshiomole stated this while receiving APC women leaders from Edo State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at his office in Abuja.
Oshiomhole was, however, confident that the APC remains stronger in Imo and Ogun states, despite the grievances of their governors as a result of the outcome of the party’s primaries where their preferred candidates lost.
He said: “The real headline today is that we will win in Ogun State and we will deliver Hope Uzodinma in Imo State. Our popularity in Imo today is increasing. What we don’t know and Nigerians always make this mistake that once you are a governor, you have electoral value.
“Yes, we have overwhelming majority of APC governors who have electoral values and we also have some few electoral liabilities. I can tell that in Imo State today we will have more votes.
“Politics is about numbers and I am looking at the average Imo voters because on that the governor will have one vote and his son-in-law will also have one vote. Those market women, artisans, mechanics and farmers will also have their vote.
“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.
“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.”
Recall that the primaries in Imo and Ogun states had pitted Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo State respectively against the National Chairman as their anointed governorship choices failed to secure the party’s gubernatorial ticket.
While both governors have promised to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, they also vowed that they would stop at nothing to ensure the victories of their choice candidates in other parties.
Okorocha’s supporters have defected to the Action Alliance (AA). Amosun’s have joined the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).