The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has again taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his support for his erstwhile deputy, Atiku Abubakar.
Oshiomhole, who also lambasted aggrieved governors in his party said both Obasanjo and Atiku would be divinely punished at the polls in February.
He stated this when he received women leaders of the APC from across the local governments of his home state, Edo who were at his private office on a solidarity visit on Tuesday.
He said Obasanjo would be punished having earlier asked God to punish him should he ever support Atiku.
“Nobody has ever said Buhari is a thief. But who said the other person is a thief? It was his boss (Obasanjo). When you are working with me and I say you are a thief, God will punish me if I support you.
“And when you are confused because your supply line has been chopped off and then you enter into a new deal, you now turned around to support the same person. That God that you called with your name to punish you if you support the person is about to go to work.
“And He will go to work in February and He will punish him thoroughly and the person he is supporting, in favour of Nigerians”, Oshiomhole said.
He continued, “Buhari will win by getting more votes than he garnered before.
“Some of those people who misuse religion, which was one of the most potent weapons used very recklessly by people that have no issues in 2015. This time around, they would have to speak to issues because the two main candidates are Moslems.
“Secondly, the issue of North and South responsible for Buhari retaining the key support in the north while the south auspiciously voted based on son of the soil tag. This time, ethnicity will be a non-issue because they are from the same region. They are therefore going to look at character.”
Speaking further, the APC chief also slammed Atiku and the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, for calling for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
He sarcastically said while Atiku wants to replace the IGP, Secondus is bent on becoming the INEC Chairman with the sole aim of subverting the electoral process.
Meanwhile, the ruling Party Chief did not spare some governors on the platform of his party who are still aggrieved over outcome of the party’s primaries.
He described as prodigal sons, the aggrieved governors who have been threatening to work against its governorship candidates in their states, reiterating that the party would not immediately sanction them for anti-party activities as their main punishment but electorate would do.
According to him, “Our popularity in Imo and Ogun states is higher. What you don’t know and Nigerians always make me surprise by thinking that once you are a governor, you have electoral value.
“Yes, we have overwhelming majority of the APC governors with electoral value but we also have others without electoral values, who are pectoral liabilities.
“I can concretely tell you today that in Imo state, APC will win more votes. As I said, it is about numbers and my focus is on the ordinary Imo electorate because the governor, his Commissioner for Happiness and the son in-law have only one vote on that day.
“But those mechanics, market women, school teachers and workers whose salaries are unpaid for years that have the same weight of votes. They are excited about the new possibility of a new government coming with new ideas free from all the encumbrances of the present system. I am very confident in Imo.
“Also, in Ogun state, don’t forget that the vice president is from Ogun state. We cannot focus on one person and not on the other. Ogun is one of the most enlightened states in the country and that is where Chief Awolowo came from.
“They have a huge history and it is not a political kingdom headed by one person. I believe that if they (governors) were looking for reconciliation or truth, they would not have done what they did (allowing their aides to defect).
“They already have the mindset that once they don’t get their governor in, nothing is right, it is not how democracy works.
“In America, a president can endorse someone yet the person loses. Don’t forget that Obama endorsed Clinton but Americans voted for Trump.
“Nigerian democracy must grow beyond this big man syndrome. I am the governor and will decide yet you have only one vote and with all due respect, I was a governor but I know that I have only one vote on election day and only in one polling booth.
“Overall, APC is a stronger party now but we should not focus only on APC. Talking of Ogun state, the PDP has two governorship candidates and two deputy governors running yet as we speak, the APC has only one in the person of Dapo Abiodun.
“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 are poor students of history.
“They forget that some of these people thinking that they are invincible have ran for elections before and lost deposit until they abandoned their parties and joined us. If they return back, history will repeat itself.”
He, however justified why the party rescinded its decision not to sanction the aggrieved governors who hell-bent on working against the APC candidates in the next election.
He explained, “We are not thinking of sanctioning them because the real sanction will come from the electorate but as for if any rules of the party has been breached, they are the things we will have to look at.
“It is not my function. What should be the real headline is that we will deliver Dapo Abiodun in Ogun state and Hope Uzodinma in Imo state.”