The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole described Governor Rochas Okorocha and Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun as prodigal sons.
Oshiomhole said that the senatorial political careers of the governors are doomed in the party due to their resistance to the party’s decision on the governorship candidates of their states.
He added that Governor Okorocha would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote.
The party chairman spoke to a selected audience of women party leaders from his native Edo State who were in his office on a solidarity visit.
According to him, the APC party will win Imo and Ogun state in 2019 without the help of the prodigal governors.
“When a child ran out of his father’s house to bear a new name, according to history and the Bible, he returned when the weather thoroughly beat him as a prodigal son.
That is why APC has prodigal sons. Those who think that their political future is tied (to their offices) are poor students of history.
“They forget that some of these people thinking that they are invincible have run for elections before and lost deposit until they abandoned their parties and joined us. If they return, history will repeat itself. Why we won’t sanction them
“We are not thinking of sanctioning them because the real sanction will come from the electorate but if any rules of the party have been breached, they are the things we will have to look at.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Stating that the party would review if any of its rules had been breached, Oshiomhole added that the real sanction was with the electorate.