By Ebere Chukwuma
Barely two months to the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state and National Chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC, appear to have turned their back at Rochas Okrocha, Ibikunle Amosun and
This is because of the overbearing attitude of the governors and the crisis they have created in the state Chapters of the party , thus giving the rival Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and other parties opportunity to penetrate the ranks of the party . The duo fear that the undemocratic attitude of the aggrieved governors may cost the party losing the three states to PDP or any other party.
Buhari who could no longer take it from the governors was said to have warned Amosun,the governor of Ogun state and one of his closest ally in the party to watch his steps and comments. The President’s worry was the defection of Adekunle Akinlade, the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy to APM, with the support of Amosun to pick the governorship ticket of the party ,thus depleting the ranks of APC in the state as his followers were said to have joined him in the new party.
The Edo state National Chairman of the APC may have been armed with the president’s scolding of the Ogun state governor send a signal to Okrocha, that his
His pronounced anger against Okrocha, the Imo state governor may have been informed by the refusal of the governor to allow Uzodinmma, the party governorship Candidate gain acess to the state Stadium to flag -off his 2019 governorship Campaign in the sate even when he had paid to use it .
The APC governorship Candidate, may not have shown any anger over plans by Okrocha to sabotage his flag -off Campaign as he was said to have moved with his supporters to another location . Oshiomhole who could not hide his anger said with the election of Uzodinma as the next governor of Imo state,” it will mark the end of Okrocha’s familiocracy in the state”.
He revealed at the Uzodinma Campaign ground that an unknown governorship Candidates from unknown parties have been using the picture of Buhari along theirs to Campaign in the state to further create bad blood in the party, noting that it was still part of the ploy by the moles within the party to ensure that the party loses the state to Emeka Ikedioha, a former member of the House of Representatives and the PDP governorship Candidate in the state. He was said to have made it clear to the party supporters
In a voice laden with emotion at the campaign rally on friday, December 21, 2018, he had said, ” we have not come here to cry over what has gone wrong in the state over the last three and half years but to send a message of liberation ”of the people of the state from Okrocha’s stronghold . The aggrieved Imo state governor who may have shunned the APC governorship Candidate flag-off campaign because Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law, was denied the ticket was said to have occupied himself with other matters in the state House to avoid coming into contact with Oshiomhole and Uzodinma.
Daniel Nwafor, former state party Chairman in Imo state and strong ally of Okrocha had described Oshiomhole, as a”
According to him, the Oshiomhole led National Executive had bowed to pressure from the Uzodinma who had repeatedly complained that he would not win the 2019 governorship elections in the state with the present party structure controlled by Okrocha, the state governor, seen by many as working against his success in the 2019 election. Nwafor lamented thatUzodinma, has hijacked the party machinery which would take the” APC 15 steps backwards in the state.
There is no gains saying the fact that Okrocha, Nwafor and Nwosu, and their supporters are determined to prove to Oshiomhole and Uzodinma, the APC governorship Candidate that they hold the key and knew the formulae of winning the state governorship elections back but would not release it to the party interim state executive to implement to ensure Uzodinma’s victory in the 2019 governorship elections. Indeed, Nwafor, Okrocha and other APC Chieftains in the state who are aggrieved with Oshiomhole were said to be working behind the scene to ensure that the APC governorship Candidate lose the election.
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Many believe that it would be a miracle if APC could still win Ogun, Imo or Zamfara states, in next year’s elections because of the crisis that had rocked the state Chapters of the party between August and now.
The refusal of the former party executives in Ogun, Imo and Zamfara to Cooperate with Oshiomhole to bring the crisis in the party to an end because of the strong grip of the governors may have facilitated the dissolution of these states Chapter Executive to ensure a