The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the party will win the 2019 election in Imo and Ogun States with or without the Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun, respectively.
The party chairman was reacting to reports of alleged anti-party activities by Amosun and Okorocha whose supporters have already dumped the ruling party.
Oshiomhole said the Governors had forgotten so fast that they lost elections before winning on the platform of the APC.
The former Edo Governor spoke when APC women leaders from Edo State and Abuja paid him a solidarity visit in Abuja.
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.
“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.”