2019: APC To Sideline Amosun, Okorocha In Presidential Campaign
The All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to go tough on Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo State) majorly for their openly defiance against the party’s decision during their state primaries.
Despite their expression of support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s rerun aspiration, both governors would be kept at arms’ length from the presidential campaign billed to take off in Akwa Ibom on Friday.
A top member of the APC, who is close to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the National Working Committee (NWC) had made its stand on the matter known to Buhari, who has given the party the go-ahead to constitute the campaign council.
“The party is insisting that only very committed members will be nominated into the campaign team. It cannot be those who are opposed to the leadership or have shown divided loyalty,” the source said.
The source added that Oshiomhole is not disposed to having some personalities, especially Okorocha and Amosun, manning key positions in the campaign structure.
He said the party chairman had described the actions of the two governors as highly antagonistic and as such should not be rewarded with a front seat position in the campaign council.
Oshiomhole was also said to be against allowing those who are still pursuing their cases in court against the party or their sponsors from joining the campaign.
Both Amosun and Okorocha have been engaged in a running battle with the Oshiomhole-led NWC over the outcomes of the primary elections in their respective states.
As a result, loyalists of the two governors have defected to other parties to contest against candidates of the APC in the 2019 elections.
The two governors have also vowed not to support the party’s governorship candidates in their respective states.
Another aggrieved governorship aspirant of the APC and the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, is also angry at his disqualification by the party from participating in the primary elections.
Shittu, who is among those pursuing cases in court against the party, has blamed his ordeal on Oshiomhole.
It was gathered that the anti-Oshiomhole governors are still scheming to win the heart of the president and to convince him of their support during the next year’s election.
Another source at the party headquarters said the face-off between the governors and Oshiomhole and the efforts to reconcile them have also affected the full commencement of APC campaign.
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