In News by stephen abiodun on the 03rd, October, 2020

How APC paid billions to win Imo, Kwara, Gombe, Zamfara, Benue

How APC paid billions to win Imo, Kwara, Gombe, Zamfara, Benue

How APC paid billions to win Imo, Kwara, Gombe, Zamfara, Benue
-Ahmed Wambai, ex-Nationwide Vice Chairman, North Central

•APC not a political social gathering, however amalgamation of pursuits for grapping energy •2023 presidency, motive govs moved towards Oshiomhole, Tinubu

Quick previous Nationwide Vice Chairman, North Central within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Suleiman Wambai has set free among the social gathering’s properly stored secrets and techniques why attempting to clarify the present energy battle threatening the inspiration of the social gathering. Wambai who spoke with ROMANUS UGWU in Abuja detailed how Adams Oshiomhole, the ex-Nationwide Chairman of the social gathering doled out billions of naira to make sure APC received the governorship elections in Imo, Kwara, Gombe, Zamfara, and Benue state. He stated APC isn’t a political social gathering however an almagamation of pursuits only for the aim of grabbing energy and as he insisted that the battle to manage the social gathering forward of the 2023 presidency led to the failure of the social gathering to win the current Edo governorship election, the sack of Oshiomhole and the gang up towards a nationwide chief of the social gathering, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by APC governors. He boasted that regardless of shedding the Edo governorship seat on the ballot, the social gathering would nonetheless take away Governor Godwin Obaseki on technical grounds utilizing the courts. His phrases, “Oshiomhole was the one individual that gave N20 million and N10 million contributions to all of the Senators and Home of Representatives candidates throughout the election. He was the one individual that gave some governorship candidates of some states we desired to win like Imo, Kwara, Gombe and Zamfara N1 billion every, Benue, about N700 million.”

Is that this the Nigeria of your dream?

Other than our independence as a sovereign nation, the truth that Nigeria has remained an indivisible and indissoluble entity is sufficient to say that it’s a nation of my dream. There should be battle and backbone in each institution. Within the conflicts, we should determine our variations and know the right way to consummate the variations.

The nice factor is that we’ve got been capable of cultivate among the components confronting us as supply of division and unity. There isn’t any nation with out its peculiar issues however the good factor is that the extra issues we’ve got the extra resolution we deploy in dealing with them.

We’ve so many tribes, religions in Nigeria however we’ve got tried to make use of them to our benefit; so as to add worth to the event of the nation. We’ve tumbled and fumbled in our journey to greatness and have additionally transformed among the flaws to our collective advantages.

Why has it change into very troublesome for Nigerians to offer President Buhari some advantages of doubt regardless of all he has achieved?

President Buhari got here when this nation was heading to the purpose of no return. The healthcare, social companies, management, human dignity have been all misplaced. There was a lot decay within the nation as a result of 16 years misrule.

Individuals from all corners of the nation regarded as much as Buhari as a person of integrity, honesty. However there was an issue alongside the road. When he got here with all of the excessive expectations, no one thought the state of affairs can be like this. There was collapse within the financial indices. There was sharp drop within the value of crude oil within the worldwide market.

He couldn’t do any magic to vary the narratives of the market equilibrium of value fluctuation within the international market. However Nigerians failed to grasp that Buhari was handicapped in coping with the forces controlling the crude oil available in the market. The nice factor is that no one can accuse Buhari of missing in integrity, or that he’s a corrupt chief.

The most important downside we’ve got is the failure to understand that Buhari can’t be the governor of Nasarawa, Bauchi, Kano, Lagos and different states within the nation. Corruption is already enshrined in our political system; financial, social and spiritual methods, together with the clergies of the nation.

The clergies and Ulamas are corrupt and Buhari can’t change them in a single day. There’s a lot corruption within the land and the one option to kill it’s by revolution. Anyone discovered responsible of corruption ought to be killed. I can’t think about how this nation can be within the subsequent 20 years contemplating the truth that corruption is permeating the lives of the youths and youngsters.

The most important hazard dealing with this nation is that everyone is chasing wealth and riches. If solely authorities will take robust stand towards corruption in order that whoever that’s corrupt ought to be sanctioned closely. In the event that they do it efficiently in China, we’ve got to mimic the China mannequin to stay above board.

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If political leaders ought to imitate Buhari, all of the Ministers, Judges, heads of companies won’t be discovered wanting. We have gotten inherently sick in any other case, how can somebody steal cash as big as N1 billion or $1 million? We’ve seen Nigerians with oil wells, estates, different investments, but they don’t seem to be resting. Surprisingly, whether or not they obtained them fraudulently or genuinely, they received’t spend money on areas to assist the folks.

The non secular and tribal variations are others constituting main issues dealing with the nation. Every little thing is interpreted alongside tribal and spiritual bias. We’ve did not capitalise on utilizing such variations as a catalyst for the event of the nation.

We’ve failed to understand that anyone that may present good management ought to be considered a frontrunner no matter his faith and tribe. It’s unlucky for this nation that folks have refused to vary regardless of this journey of 60 years of independence.

One other major problem is lack of ideological self-discipline by the political leaders. All these folks within the PDP beforehand are actually accountable for proceedings within the APC. They’ve held the management of the nation hostage. We’ve seen politicians in APC right now, PDP tomorrow and again to APC once more in no distant time. We lack ideological consistency.

Will or not it’s proper to say that the APC has failed Nigerians having failed to repair all these issues you enumerated?

I received’t say with certainty that APC has failed Nigerians although failure is inherently inbuilt in Nigerians. We are going to by no means do one thing to progress. The APC got here with excessive enthusiasm to proper the improper. However, can we are saying that among the Ministers are worthy sufficient to be one? Are they in search of cash or rendering companies?

The unlucky factor within the APC is that we don’t have reward system. People who labored and suffered for the social gathering in all of the states should not rewarded. Issues are boomeranging as a result of those who didn’t work for the APC are those rewarded and having fun with the fruits they didn’t sow.

There isn’t any self-discipline within the APC until this second. In the actual sense of it, the APC isn’t a political social gathering, however an amalgamation of pursuits for energy quest and to wrestle energy from the PDP. The Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC tried all the pieces potential to redefine the target and modus operandi of the social gathering however the governors won’t permit us.

The actions of the governors are the inherent behaviour of the PDP. Within the structure, the social gathering is supreme however in the actual sense of it, no one cares in APC. It’s a case of so far as I’m a governor, I will need to have a management and the social gathering should do his biddings. The governors’ quest for management and affect is what destroyed the APC and sadly underneath the affect of Mr President as a result of he’s a person of few phrases.

Individuals took benefit to do all the pieces they like utilizing the identify of Mr President. They simply drop the identify of Mr President all over the place and for his or her egocentric aggrandisement. How can we function in such approach like we’re in banana republic?

We can’t make any progress working in such method. We’re in a rustic everyone does and acts the best way he likes no matter if he’s infringing on one other individual’s proper. Probably the most painful factor is that they don’t care if Mr President is there or not. They benefit from Mr President a lot as a result of he doesn’t speak.

If it have been Mr President of 1984, all of them may have been in jail. But when he takes them to jail, they’ll declare social stigma. They’ll accuse him of being dictatorial and that he’s working in an anti-democratic disposition.

He nonetheless stays a spherical peg in a spherical gap however sadly most of our folks blame him whereas different political leaders are busy in search of cash. No one is anxious about this nation. Patriotism is totally lacking.

Do you have got any remorse being a part of the Oshiomhole-led NWC particularly as they have been blamed for being chargeable for the issues of the social gathering?

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So far as I’m involved, Oshiomhole has paid his value and he has performed properly. These folks towards him are the identical clique towards Mr President, Tinubu and the precept of the rule of regulation. They’ll object the second issues should not performed their approach. No social gathering can perform very properly with out self-discipline.

We supported Oshiomhole for 2 causes. One is as a result of he’s our chief and we’re presupposed to be obedient to him as a frontrunner. Within the dissolved APC NWC, it was solely about two or three individuals that have been anti-Oshiomhole. We might have gotten justice if we had gone to the court docket however we didn’t due to the curiosity of the social gathering we’ve got in our coronary heart. APC is above each member of the social gathering.

Within the historical past of political social gathering, Oshiomhole stays the one chairman that governors didn’t contribute cash to the social gathering purse underneath him. No governor contributed to the working of the social gathering underneath Oshiomhole. We did that in order that the social gathering may very well be unbiased.

We by no means go cap in hand to any ministry for contract or patronages for the survival of the social gathering. Oshiomhole was the one individual that gave N20 million and N10 million contributions to all of the Senators and Home of Representatives candidates throughout the election.

He was the one individual that gave some governorship candidates of some states we desired to win like Imo, Kwara, Gombe and Zamfara N1 billion every, Benue, about N700 million. We did all these from the purse of the social gathering. Within the historical past of political social gathering, nobody has performed that. Ask me the supply of the cash, it was via the sale of our nomination types. We intentionally raised the worth of governorship nomination kind to N22 million to scale back controversy, battle and pointless competitors.

We needed to cease some unserious individuals from choosing the shape. We even refunded the cash of those who misplaced the primaries. Oshiomhole has by no means been dictated to by Mr President, the governors or the Ministers. That’s the preferrred approach a celebration ought to run as enshrined within the structure of the social gathering.

Why are the APC governors towards Oshiomhole?

They’re towards him as a result of 2023 election is across the nook. A few of them wish to be the following president, some wish to be the vp however they forgot that solely God Almighty determines who turns into the following president and vp. A lot of them reside in phantasm.

It was due to that curiosity that they connived and deceived the president. On a number of cases, that they had needed the Oshiomhole-led NWC to be dissolved however Mr President refused. However they used all the pieces at their disposal of their desperation to sack us. We’ve left the social gathering, allow them to run it, allow them to produce the president in 2023.

But when they’re towards Bola Tinubu, a serious stakeholder on this social gathering, there will certainly be an issue as a result of he’s too large to be sacrificed. I do know that none of them dictating now, abusing Mr President and jostling to scheme out Tinubu will have the ability to ship their zone.

Would the NWC have performed issues otherwise if given one other alternative?

On reflection, what we’d have performed would have been to hold alongside and accommodate these pursuits we beforehand felt didn’t matter then. We have been so severe to look at the stipulations of the social gathering structure.

What in regards to the claims that no member of the NWC may problem Oshiomhole particularly on the difficulty of Governor Godwin Obaseki?

Difficult Oshiomhole isn’t the difficulty. You see, the governors have a cartel that irrespective of how unhealthy you’re as a governor, you should be allowed to recontest. The governors knew that Obaseki was not democratic by denying 17 lawmakers from being sworn-in. We did all the pieces to settle this brouhaha however Obaseki refused. We concerned the governors with out understanding that they’re in secret pact with him. The governors will say one factor earlier than Oshiomhole and speak one other factor behind him. We organized a gathering between them, involving the governors, however Obaseki declined.

We organized a gathering between them and the Senate President, but Obaseki refused. He would have given Oshiomhole some degree of respect for spending a lot to make him governor. Oshiomhole isn’t the sort that might request cash from Obaseki. We requested him what was the issue with Oshiomhole however he stated it was a matter of belief. He stated Oshiomhole didn’t belief him, by no means allowed him to conduct his main and even once we satisfied him to conduct the first, solely 4 of his 24-men misplaced. It was a good deal since you can’t get all in a democracy.

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Why did APC lose in Edo governorship election?

It was pure conspiracy. Each PDP and APC members joined forces. However I let you know what, we’ve got not misplaced that election. We’re taking on Edo state on technical grounds. Obaseki has no paper and we’re ready to see the governor, any court docket or authorities that can show that Obaseki is certified.

Secondly, Obaseki lied underneath oath and obtained nomination types from two political events towards the ruling of the Supreme Court docket. That is only a short-term celebration for him.

What’s the zoning association in APC forward of the 2023 presidential election?

The structure of the social gathering is anxious about Nigeria’s unity. Zoning is an unwritten regulation in APC however we’ve got to stay with it. For this nation to be socially, politically and economically secure, we’ve got to be thoughtful. With the president coming from the north, vp from the south, then by means of micro-zoning, the Senate President is from the Northeast, Speaker from Southwest.

As an apostle of zoning, I strongly imagine that energy ought to shift from the north to the south so that everyone will have a look at the APC as an umbrella of social mitigation. It was troublesome for President Buhari to beat PDP till the southerners joined forces with us. I’m certain that if Tinubu didn’t key into the merger, Buhari wouldn’t have received that election. For anyone sitting someplace within the north considering that energy shouldn’t shift to the south, the individual ought to be an enemy to the progressive tenet of the APC. The individual isn’t solely residing prior to now however a daydreamer.

This nation can’t disintegrate due to the egocentric ambition of sure individuals to oppose the statutory eight years. If we wish to stay in peace on this nation, we should settle for and stay with the truth of the truth that zoning should be maintained.

What’s your recommendation to the Governor Buni-led APC caretaker committee?

Don’t neglect that Mr President endorsed it and something he endorses, is mostly accepted within the spirit of management function. We can be disrespecting our chief by taking the case to court docket. The choice taken by Mr President didn’t go down properly with us, however we’ve got to swallow the bitter tablet of democratisation. We did it within the spirit for the social gathering to get path.

I name on the caretaker committee to work assiduously to make sure that they didn’t put bias. They need to not hear to 1 part of the social gathering and ignore the opposite; the issue of the social gathering will persist. I imagine that the governor of Yobe state, a seasoned politician, who’s the chairman of the social gathering, will know the results of his motion and inactions of negating one part of the social gathering.

How true is the allegation that the Oshiomhole-led NWC was working for Tinubu 2023 presidency?

Let me let you know the sincere reality, Tinubu didn’t convey a few members of that NWC into the APC nationwide management. Don’t neglect that we’re all educated. We’re males of integrity, representatives of our folks, we’ve got conscience. Individuals are afraid of Tinubu a lot like individuals are afraid of snake.

Sincerely talking, Tinubu doesn’t have Oshiomhole’s quantity. I do know a few occasions Oshiomhole tried to succeed in him on telephone, however he didn’t decide the calls. It was unhealthy that we’ve got to make use of any individual very near him to let Oshiomhole speak to him. I’m an enormous fan of Tinubu, however I can’t attain him as a result of he doesn’t know me.

I don’t know why the pointless exaggerated phobia for Tinubu, but he’s the one man that contributes to the survival of all states within the nation. There isn’t any governor that has not gone to Tinubu, both for court docket instances, getting a ticket and he has been up and doing in dealing with these romances.

There isn’t any objective getter in APC like Tinubu. Everyone in APC who has the will to contest in 2023 as a governor or president will want the help of Tinubu.

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