The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party would win the 2019 elections in Ogun State without the support of the incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
While describing Amosun as poor student of history, he reminded him that he had forgotten he lost election before winning on the platform of the APC.
Amosun and two other governors, Abdul-Aziz Yari and Rochas Okorocha of Zamfara and Imo States respectively are at loggerheads with the national chairman for not recognising their preferred governorship candidates.
Oshiomhole was reacting to Amosun, who on Monday insisted that he would work against the APC during the forthcoming general elections in the state.
Instead, he said he would mobilise all human and material resources at his disposal to ensure that his preferred candidate, Hon Abdul Kabir Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) succeeds him in office.
He spoke, while receiving the APC women leaders from Edo State and Abuja, who paid him a solidarity visit at the APC national headquarters, Abuja.
“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.
He added: “Yes in APC, our governors have high electoral value but we also a few who are electoral liabilities.”
The APC chairman said Nigeria needed to go back to the era where institutions were respected and protected and not powerful individuals.
“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.
He claimed that the actions of governor Amosun would not affect the fortunes of the party in the forthcoming elections.