Governor says Atiku cannot become godfather to a party he did not form.
The Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday said that a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, could not be a godfather to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Oshiomhole made this known when he spoke with journalists after paying a solidarity visit to APC secretariat in Asaba. He said that it was not possible for Mr. Atiku to become godfather to a party he did not form.
“Atiku came to join what already existed, so he cannot be a father to APC. But what you should talk about Atiku joining APC is the fact that such an eminent Nigerian, one time vice president of a ruling party can find comfort in leaving the party to join the alternative platform. I think that is the big story. You should find out how those he left behind feel and what that amounts to,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.
On the election time table, he said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had to explain why it decided to climb “a tree from the top rather than from the bottom.”
He noted that several elections had been conducted in the country and the presidential election had never come first until now.
He suggested that it would have been proper for INEC to do some test runs with smaller units first, learn lessons and improve on the method before the presidential elections, which he called the big one.
Mr. Oshiomhole said if INEC failed in the presidential elections all other elections would equally fail.
Mr. Oshiomhole said that he was in Delta to meet with the interim leadership of the party to discuss issues affecting the party, its formation and the forthcoming registration exercise and encourage them.
He said that what distinguished APC from other political parties was that it was founded on the principle of popular participation that was all-inclusive rather than politics of exclusion. He noted that the party might be new, but the leaders were not new to partisan politics.
The governor said APC leaders were working hard to entrench it not only in the hearts of party members but in the heart of all the people of Delta State.