Governorship: 9 incumbents, 20 new candidates to run in APC – Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has urged state chairmen to work closely with all the candidates by ensuring preference was not given to governorship election alone.

He disclosed this on Thursday during a consultative meeting the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had with 2019 election governorship candidates, state chairmen and state secretaries at its national secretariat in Abuja.


Oshiomhole said 20 new APC governorship candidates and nine sitting governors would run for victory at March 2, 2019 election in order to be sworn-in on May 29, 2019 by the special grace of God.

While advising them not to work at cross purpose during the campaigns, he advised the governorship candidates against berating the achievements of their predecessors.

He said those claiming that there were no primaries were not looking for solutions, adding that such persons are more or less agents of opposition.

“I am aware that we have some instances where some people have to go to court. And they are in two parts. There are some who are asking the court to declare them as the winner. It will be subjudice for me to comment on such matters or cases.

“But, where people are going to court to claim that there were no primaries, such persons are not looking for solutions. Such persons are more or less agents of opposition. Because, if the courts were to uphold their prayers, it means our party will have no candidate in such states. And the implication is that opposition will win such state.

“So, we have to distinguish between those who are in court in pursuance of justice and those being sponsored particularly in states where APC do not have sitting governors; their sitting governors from those states are working with them to ensure they are unopposed.

“We must identify the challenge we all have to share and try to see that we take pre-emptive steps to prevent people from within from being used to sabotage our candidates in many of those states that we may have issues,” Oshiomhole said.


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