The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, acknowledged on Wednesday that some governors are unhappy with him over the conduct of the party’s primaries in their states. He has however said that he does not intend to mortgage his conscience in a bid to keep his job as the party’s chairman.
“Let me say that if there is a choice between my conscience, what I believe is right and mortgaging that conscience, in order to keep the job, I will have no difficulty resolving it in favor of my conscience,” he said.
Backstory: Oshiomhole spoke after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Three governors are not particularly pleased with the outcome of the primaries in their states. These are internal family issues; they are my friends, and that is important. Even in the moment of distress, that friendship, I want to believe, is enough to help us to build reconciliation. I remain a friend to these governors. I respect them; I appreciate them for the fact that but for their support, I will not be chairman and you don’t go stepping on the toes of those who helped you to get into position,” he said.
“However, I thought I was clear and I remain clear that helping me to get to the position, it was to help the APC to return to its core values of progressive politics, of fairness, of justice, of adherence to rule of law and total submission to the extant provisions of our party constitution.”
He went on to mention three governors, who are supposedly the ones displeased by the results of the primaries conducted in their states.
He said: “Amosun is my good friend; we have known each other for a very long time; we exchange personal visits in addition to official visits. Zamfara Governor has been the Chairman of NGF and I was an active member of that forum; we had a wonderful time together and I believe in the future, we are still going to have a wonderful time together. Rochas Okorocha was one of those who had issues with my predecessor and I did my best to try and resolve those issues in a way that has been giving him a new platform. And I am happy that God used us to do that not by cheating in his favor but by doing what is right.”
Oshiomhole added that the issues will be reconciled in time.
Bottom Line: If you have friends like the ones Oshiomhole claims to have, then you really don’t need enemies.
What Oshiomhole says is less relevant than what the governors will do. The consequence of this dispute may not affect Oshiomhole’s position as chairman. For now, the former Edo governor has the backing of both President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leader, Bola Tinubu. However, the fate of the APC in next year’s elections could hinge on the next steps to be taken by the governors. If they decide to work against the party in their states, it could spell trouble for the APC.