The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to remember the oat he swore not to support his former vice in office, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that God should punish him if he ever supports him to become president of the Federal Republic.
The former Edo State Governor and national leader of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) also said the APC is stronger now in Ogun and Imo states despite grievances of their governors, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha, respectively describing the governors as ‘poor students of their own history who had forgotten that they lost elections before winning on the platform of the APC’.
He noted that the 2019 election would be a smooth sail for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC because ethnic and religious sentiments that characterized the 2015 election lost by former president Goodluck Jonathan would have no play this time around.
Speaking after receiving some APC women leaders from Edo State who paid him solidarity visit in his office Abuja on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said: “We know there are people across the divides that are fighting back.
There is a gang up by those who are used to sucking the system without adding any value but Nigerians will not allow that”, he said.
“The two candidates are from the North and they are both Muslims. People are now going to look at character. Nobody has ever said Buhari is a thief. But who said the other person (Atiku) is a thief? It was his boss (Obasanjo).
“When you are working with me and I said you are a thief, God will punish me if I support you. And when you are confused because your supply line has been chopped off, you now turned around to support the same person.
That God you called with your name to punish you if you support the person is about to get to work. And HE will go to work in February and will punish him thoroughly and the person he is supporting, in favour of Nigeria”.
Oshiomhole said the popularity of APC in Imo and Ogun had soared despite the alleged anti-party activities of their governors adding; “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 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.
“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.
Artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not 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”.
Oshiomhole however, said the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee were already yielding fruits in some places while those with negotiable grievances were being sorted out pointing that President Buhari has the best credentials to lead the country to progress, economic recovery, peace and stability.