God’ll punish Obasanjo, says Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would receive punishment from God for supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 election.
The former President, Oshiomhole said, should remember that sometime ago, he swore that God should punish him if he ever supports Atiku on his presidential ambition.
Oshiomhole, who made the declaration at his private office in Abuja, where the Edo State and FCT Women leaders of APC visited the former governor, also stated that the party was stronger now in Ogun and Imo states despite the grievances of Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha, respectively.
According to him, the governors were poor students of their own history who had forgotten they lost elections before winning on the platform of APC.
“We know there are people across the divide who are fighting back. There is a gang-up by those who are used to sucking the system without adding any value, but Nigerians will not allow that,” he said.
The 2019 election, Oshiomhole said, would be a smooth sail for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC because ethnic and religious sentiments that characterised the 2015 election would have no place this time around.
“The two candidates are from the North and they are both Muslims. People are now going to look at character. Nobody has ever said Buhari is a thief. But who said the other person (Atiku) is a thief? It was his boss (Obasanjo).
“When you are working with me and I said 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, 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 (Obasanjo) thoroughly and the person he is supporting, in favour of Nigeria,” he said.
He stated that the popularity of APC in Ogun and Imo had soared despite the alleged anti-party activities of their governors.
“Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.
“In Imo State today, APC will win more votes. My focus is on ordinary Imo voters because on that day, the governor would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote.
“But artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not being paid have the same weight of vote and they are excited about the renewed possibility of a new government coming with fresh ideas free of all the encumbrances of the present system. So, in Imo I’m very confident.
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State. The state is one of the most enlightened states in Nigeria. They have a huge history; they are not in a political kingdom headed by one person.
“If they were looking for true reconciliation, they wouldn’t have done what they did (defection of aides). That is not how democracy works. Nigeria must grow beyond this syndrome of ‘I’m the governor, I will decide.’ You have only one vote. With due respect, I was once a governor. Overall , APC is much stronger now,” he said.
He, however, stated that sanction for those involved with anti-party lies with the electorate, just as he said the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee were already yielding fruits in some places while those with negotiable grievances were being sorted out.

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