By Nwangwu Uba
Those who think that President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, would bow to the demands of the Atiku Abubakar , a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s democratic Party, PDP, before conceding victory to him may have to do a rethink. This is because Buhari is not ready to cave in .
Abdulsalami Abubakar, retired Army General and former Head of State who incidentally is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, , NPC, and other members of the Committee including Hassan Kukah, a Priest, were said to have met Buhari at the Presidential villa, on Friday, March 1, 2019, where they held a closed door meeting in search of peace over the outcome of the Saturday, February 23. 2019, Presidential election.
Abubakar , who led the team was said to have presented the grievances of the PDP Presidential Candidate to the Katsina state born Nigeria President which include the deployment of military personnel to polling centres which should not be repeated in the forthcoming governorship and states Assembly election and subsequent elections in the country. The argument of Atiku was that it was not part of their mandate to do so, releasing of party Chieftains detained across the country including Buba Galadima, Atiku’s Political all and unfreezing party members account closed including that of Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state and the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate. The former Head of state may have disabused people’s mind when he alluded that the PDP Candidate never gave any condition that must be fulfilled by Buhari before he would concede victory to him as being speculated in certain quarters.
The retired Army General may have been economical with the use of words when he said Buhari had taken note of what they had told him regarding to the grievances of the PDP Candidate. He may have considered the grievances and the demands of the PDP Presidential Candidate laughable as he had described his decision to approach the Courts as the ”best and the right thing to do” instead of resorting to violence.
”I am glad that Atiku, the PDP
The aggrieved PDP Candidate had accused the ruling APC of ”manipulating the outcome of the election ,through suppression of the party’s votes , intimidation, rigging and other electoral malpractices”. The APC leadership, according to sources, have every reason to dare Atiku and his PDP Sponsors to go to Court on the ground that the allegations were baseless.
Simultaneously, the APC, leadership are not happy at their loss of much ground in Imo, Ogun and Ondo states regarded as their strongholds which affected the party fortunes. The poor performance in these may have informed the reason why the party leadership decided to vent their anger on Rochas Okrocha and Ibikunle Amosun, governors of Imo and Ogun states respectively. It went a step further to query Roimi Akeredolu , a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and governor of Ondo state and Osita Nwachukwu, Director General , Voice of Nigeria, over alleged anti-party activities.
The duo, Okrocha and Amosun, were said to have been suspended over alleged anti-party activities. The National Working Committee , NWC, of the party which investigated the three governors and Nwachukwu, the only political appointee on the list, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary had said also recommended the expulsion of Okrocha , the Imo state governor and Amosun , his counterpart in Ogun state.
Party sources told The Value News that the decision was taken at a
Trouble may have started for the suspended governors when they tried to impose their godsons as the governorship Candidate of the parties in their respective states which was turned down by the NWC. Take for instance,Okrocha, had expected the party leadership to endorse Uche Nwosu, his son-law as the governorship Candidate of the party but it was given to Hope Uzodinma, a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria. In anger, the flamboyant Imo state governor was said to have sponsored Nwosu, to join Action Alliance, AA, one of the 73 political parties registered by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to actualise his governorship ambition in the state.
From day one, the suspended governor was said to have handed over his political machinery in the state to Nwosu to use in prosecuting his governorship election. He was said to have urged the people of the state to vote for the AA Candidate instead of Uzodinma, the APC, Candidate, which the party officials did not find funny and quickly reported to Oshiomhole and Buhari to intervene to call him to order.
It was gathered that there were several attempts by the President to make them see reason to retrace their step and work for the victory of the party in their respective states but not luck. The Imo state governor was said to have even threatened to expose Buhari to for him him to support his Candidate but no luck.
The action of Okorocha was not different from Amosun, the Ogun state governor, who hated Oshiomhole, the party National Chairman, with passion for endorsing Dapo Abiodun, a Lagos based businessman as the governorship Candidate of the party in the state instead of Adekunle Akinlade , a Commissioner under his Administration , who has his backing . He was said to have supported the aggrieved Akinlade to join the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, to pick up their governorship ticket to actualise his governorship ambition in the state. He has continued to canvas for APM Candidates in the state which reflected in the party fortune in the last Presidential and National Assembly election. Moreso, he has continued to mobilise support for his godson in the March 9, governorship election in the state, in order to beat Abiodum, the
The duo may want to prove a point that without them , the APC, could never have won any election in their respective states. They had contested for the Senatorial Seat in their respective states. Okrocha’s victory may be challenged in Court by his PDP closest rival from the PDP, going by information volunteered by Francis Ibeawuchi, a Professor and the Returning officer of the Imo West Senatorial district. The Professor had said that he declared the Imo state governor winner in his Senatorial election under dress.
Already, Jones Onyereri of the PDP and Osita Izunaso, Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA are said to warmining up to Challennge the Okrocha victory in Court. Onyereri, the PDP Candidate , may have won the Imo West Senatorial election but Ibeawuchi, the Returning officer, was said to have been forced by Okrocha thugs to upturn the respect in his favour.
Izunaso, who rejected the result disclosed that Okrocha manipulated the result as he was not supposed to win. The eruption of violence in the Imo West Senatorial district since the announcement of Okrocha as the winner OF the election in the state was a clear indication that he manipulated the election in his own favour.