The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has come down hard on two Governors in the party.
According to Punch, the Ogun state Governor and Imo Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha respectively, had made comments in the media attacking Oshiomhole over the party’s decision on the governorship primaries held in their states recently.
In his reaction, Oshiomhole said the two Governors are upset with him because he refused to support their undemocratic tendencies.
The APC chairman said this while speaking to newsmen on Friday, October 2, 2018, in Abuja.
Okorocha is an embarrassment
Okorocha, while reacting to the APC’s decision, said the party has been going on a downward trend since Oshiomhole took over its affairs. Punch reports.
Oshimhole however dismissed the Governor’s comment, describing him as an embarrassment to the ruling party.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum is a beneficiary of the court process, we rescued him. The primary conducted by my predecessor completely swept governor Okorocha out of the system-from ward, local government to the state.
“What I am not able to do for Governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of the APC to help him to build a political dynasty.
“We have prepared the name of Sen. Hope Uzodinma and submitted to the INEC.
“If governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa and use the grounds of Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I won’t accept it. I will uphold the truth in the best interest of the APC members and indeed of the APC people in Imo State. The truth does not require a supporters’ club to stand, it has its own legs, and it can stand.”
Blasts Ogun Governor
Reacting to comments by the Osun state Governor, Oshiomhole said Amosun was trying to act like an emperor.
The APC chairman also described the actions of the Ogun state Governor as immoral and undemocratic.
Amosun had earlier accused the APC chairman of working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pull the ruling party down.
In his response, Oshiomhole said “At the meeting, this is no secret, I expect that some of your media houses will have video clips of what transpired at that meeting because it wasn’t a closed-door meeting, it was an open meeting. Governor Amosun in his wisdom decided to introduce ‘third element’ which didn’t feature in the resolutions of the National Executive Council.
“He announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitute a consensus.
“And having defined it to mean the pronouncement of the governor, he went on to announce what, according to him, represents a consensus candidate. He announced one Akinlade as the next governor. He proceeded to announce another gentleman, whom he said would be the deputy governor, consensus!
“He went on to proclaim himself as the next senator through consensus and he says the current senator in his own Senatorial zone, Senator Tejuoso, will step aside so that he, Ibikunle Amosun, at the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun State, will proceed to the Senate. According to him, this is his own consensus.
“He went on to also announce that the second Senator also, from Ogun State will step aside and another gentleman will come in place of that senator. And according to him, this pronouncement is a consensus.
“Not done, governor Amosun went on to announce a particular gentleman, who will be the next Speaker. He went on to announce another one who will be the next deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.
“Governor Amosun, according to his own definition of consensus, also unilaterally pronounced that of the eight seats of House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. This he claimed is a consensus.
“He went on to list other members of the House of Assembly who will seek re-election and those who will not seek re-election. All through, he announced about 40 names which according to him constitute consensus.”
No place for emperors
“Our constitution does not recognise emperors. There are not emperors in the APC, if anybody attempts to invent himself as an emperor, it will be an enterprise in futility.
“Based on our rules, we have since conducted primaries and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election that for me has concluded that matter,” Oshiomhole added.
The APC chairman also said that he will not mortgage his conscience in order to keep his job.
The former Edo Governor, was elected as the chairman of the ruling party during its national convention which held at Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, June 23, 2018.