APC Chairman Adams Oshiomhole calls Rochas, Amosun "electoral liabilities"

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has drawn the battle line between himself and party members, Rochas Okorocha --Governor of Imo State-- and Ibikunle Amosun --Ogun State Governor-- ahead of 2019 general elections.

The party chairman, called both governors electoral liabilities to the party while he was addressing APC women leaders from Edo State and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

Oshiomhole told the women that despite the governors' anti-party activities, the popularity of has continued to grow and assured them the party would win the two states, even without the support of the governors.

He said, "Those who think our political future is tied to them 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, 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, the 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.

On Ogun State, the former governor added, "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."

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