Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally nailed the coffin oF governors of Imo, Ogun and Zamfara states, Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun and Abdulaziz Yari, respectively, after failing to submit the names of their anointed candidates as the party’s governorship candidates submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Determined to meet the November 2 deadline set by the electoral body, the ruling party, on Saturday, submitted the names of Hope Uzodimma and Dapo Abiodun as Imo and Ogun states candidates, respectively, pointing out that Zamfara is still under litigation.
READ ALSO: Second outing for Our Son the Minister
APC’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, who made the disclosure, equally came down hard onAmosun and Okorocha, describing them as ’emperors.’
Oshiomohle, who specifically called Governor Okorocha ‘an embarrassment’ to the APC as a party, added that he (Oshiomhole) would not help the Imo State governor to build a political dynasty in the South East region.
Speaking during a press conference, in Abuja, on Saturday, Oshiomhole frowned at some of the comments credited the two governors as a result of outcome of primaries their states.
The former Edo State governor clearly accused both governors Amosun and Okorocha of imposition in their respective states.
Reacting specifically on Imo state, Oshiomohle said, “The NWC has met and we have upheld the result of the Gulak committee and we have prepared the name of Sen. Hope Uzodimma to be submitted to the INEC.
“If Governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa and use the ground of Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I will even on one leg, but power by the truth, uphold the best interest of APC members and indeed of APC people in Imo state.”
While explaining how Governor Amosun went against the primary process, Oshiomhole revealed that the governor had called him to say that he was going to adopt consensus option but he (Oshiomhole) rejected it, insisting on direct primary.
Oshiomhole continued, “Governor Amosun decided that he and his preferred aspirant will not participate in the primaries organised by the National Working Committee and even tried to withdraw the security that was necessary for the primaries panel.
“At a stakeholders’ meeting, Governor Amosun decided to introduce the third element which didn’t feature in the resolution of the NEC, announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitute consensus.
“He announced somebody as the consensus governor. He proceeded to announce another man as the deputy governor. He went on to proclaim himself as the next Senator and he said the current serving Senator Tejuoso should step aside.
“He also went on to announce that the second senator also from Ogun State will step aside while another man will come in.
“Governor Amosun went on to announce another man who will be the next speaker, and another one as the next deputy speaker.
“He also singlehanded pronounced that of the eight House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. All these he claimed is a consensus.
“However, the Ogun State governor decided in his wisdom to conduct its own self help, I mean resulting to what you can call self help by conducting what he called his own primaries.
“The Secretary to Ogun State Government became the Chief Returning Officer and I and other NWC members were watching the television and we saw the Secretary to Ogun State Government proclaiming himself as the Returning Officer and purported to have conducted primaries,” Oshiomhole quipped.
The APC national chairman, however, assured Nigerians that his party will defeat the candidate of the main opposition People Democratic party (PDP) in the next year presidential election.
“We will defeat Atiku the way we have defeated him before,” he confidently stated.