Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have have resolved to make sure that the loss suffered by the occasion in final Saturday’s Edo State governorship election, is just not repeated in Ondo, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.
It was gathered in Abuja, on Friday, that not like the state of affairs which performed out in Edo State; the place most of them had been allegedly non-committal to the occasion’s marketing campaign efforts, the governors have resolved to make sure that the occasion doesn’t endure the identical destiny in Ondo.
A prime rating member of the occasion, who pleaded anonymity for concern of retribution, mentioned, “Everyone knows what occurred in Edo. Our governors had been damage and justifiably so. They got here collectively to plead with the Nationwide Chief of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a former Nationwide Chairman of the occasion, Adams Oshiomhole for Akinwunmi Ambode, they had been ignored they usually let it slide however the case of Edo grew to become a case of ‘one snub too many.’
“They left their states and moved from Abuja to Lagos and pleaded that Governor Godwin Obaseki shouldn’t be humiliated, but it surely was all to no avail.
“To make issues worse, Oshiomhole grew to become the face of the marketing campaign regardless of a number of appeals. Most of our governors merely stayed again and allowed Oshiomhole and his two mates, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, to get pleasure from themselves.”
Within the run-up to the Edo election, the Director-Normal of the Progressives Governors Discussion board, Dr. Salihu Lukeman, had in a sequence of interventions appealed to the occasion management to keep away from a state of affairs the place the campaigns could be lowered to “quarrel between Oshiomhole and Obaseki.”
He warned that permitting the ousted nationwide chairman to change into the face of the marketing campaign as an alternative of the occasion’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would spell doom for the APC.
A governor in one of many northern states who additionally spoke in confidence in order to not “rub salt on a contemporary wound,” mentioned “Inner wrangling inside our occasion value us Edo. We’re conscious that no two states are the identical; as such, we aren’t taking Ondo as a right.
“Though the margin might not be massive, we’ve achieved a survey and our possibilities as a celebration are very vibrant. We’re very assured of victory. We’re united and the excellent news for us is that, all of our aspirants who contested the first have collapsed their buildings to assist our candidate.”
One other occasion supply mentioned the APC Nationwide Chief, Tinubu, and Oshiomhole, usually are not anticipated to play any particular position within the Ondo governorship campaigns however anticipated to attend the grand rally which is scheduled to carry on October 7.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was named head of the 104-member nationwide marketing campaign council for Akerodolu’s re-election after a well-attended profitable inauguration of the occasion’s marketing campaign in Akure, on September 6.
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