Politically, the joy and happiness of two popular All Progressives Congress governors, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo respectively, have been cut short.
Not only that, their political camps have equally been plunged into serious confusion, with meetings upon meetings currently going on how to extricate themselves from the quagmire, according to YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine findings.
Responsible for the pains of Okorocha and Amosun, interestingly, is none other than a former colleague who is currently APC’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The former Edo governor just annihilated the chances of both men choosing their successors.
Okorocha’s anointed successor is Uche Nwosu while that of Amosun is Ishaq Akinlade. APC’s National Working Committees, however, arrived at Hope Uzodinma and Dapo Abiodun respectively.
Labelling both men as emperors, Oshiomhole blasted them on Friday, November 2, 2018 while addressing the press.
Hear the former labour leader: “NWC has met and we have upheld the result of the Gulak committee and we have prepared the name of Hope (Uzodinma) to be submitted to the INEC.
“If Governor Rochas chose to relocate to the (Presidential) Villa and use the ground of Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I will – even on one leg but powered by the truth – uphold the best interest of APC members and indeed of APC people in Imo State.”
Accusing Okorocha of trying to practice a dynasty in Imo by handing over to his son in law, Uche Nwosu and at the same time proceeding to the senate, even Amosun wasn’t spared.
Hear him again on the Ogun State governor, a former senator who also wants to return to the Senate: “Governor Amosun decided that him and his preferred aspirant will not participate in the primaries organised by the working committee and even tried to withdraw the security that was necessary for the primary panel.
“At a stakeholders’ meeting, Governor Amosun decided to introduce the third element which didn’t feature in the resolution of the NEC; announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitutes consensus.
“He announced somebody as the consensus governor, he proceeded to announce another man as the deputy governor, he went on to proclaim (himself) as the next senator and he said the current serving senator, Tejuosho, should step aside.
“He also went on to announce that the second senator also from Ogun State will step aside while another man will come in. Governor Amosun went on to announce another man who will be the next speaker, and another one as the next deputy speaker. He also singlehandedly pronounced that of the eight House of Representatives members, seven will not return. According to him, only one will return. All these he claimed is a consensus.
“However, Ogun State governor decided in his wisdom to conduct his own self help, I mean resorting to what you can call self help by conducting what he called his own primary. The Secretary to Ogun State Government became the Chief Returning Officer and I and other NWC members were watching the Channels Television and we saw the Secretary to Ogun State Government proclaiming himself as the returning officer, and purported to have conducted primary.”
Vowing not to allow the alleged political impunity by Okorocha and Amosun to stand, many now await the embattled governors’ next political moves. Especially with the elections fast approaching, and Amosun blaming the duo of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Aremo Segun Osoba for his political woes.