Tony Akowe, Abuja
National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu has stated that the social gathering misplaced election in some key states managed by it as a result of the social gathering and authorities managed by it gave each Nigerian the chance to contest election freely with out interference within the electoral course of.
The APC misplaced the governorship elections in Imo, Adamawa, Bauchi and Oyo states, 4 states managed by APC governors, whereas shedding the Presidential election in Oyo, Ondo and Edo states.
Onilu advised a bunch of Reporters on the weekend that earlier than the 2019 elections, it was exceptional that the ruling social gathering misplaced election in states managed by it.
He stated: “In Sokoto, we misplaced by lower than 500 votes, however in Kano, we gained by 1000’s of votes. Which one is slim? Is it the Sokoto that PDP have claimed they’ve gained with 300 or Kano that we gained by over 20,000 votes, so it’s not slim.
“But the vital factor to notice is that, and that’s my phrase. Being a journalist myself, I start to ask myself, what has occurred to us within the media? That our function is to interpret occasions.
“If we interpret these occasions very effectively, you’ll discover that you’ve a ruling social gathering that’s imagined to mobilize all of the sources of coercion and all instrument of coercion to get what we would like. You simply stated that we misplaced some States, main States.
“I’ll inform you that the one motive that occurred was as a result of this social gathering has supplied a platform for people to go and face the citizens and for the citizens to judge the people which were put ahead with out anyone doing something towards it.
“We have simply talked about Rivers State. Whatever was occurring in Rivers State, so far as this social gathering is anxious, belongs to people of Rivers State. Otherwise we’ll say okay, transfer in and try this. We have witnessed it on this nation underneath PDP that the entire state can be locked down. Their personal methodology is win by all means, let others go to tribunal. We didn’t apply that.
“You have seen main politicians on this nation, huge politicians on this nation shedding election on this nation even in our personal social gathering. You noticed a serving governor in Oyo State who couldn’t win one-third of the State. A governor who’s governing the complete State couldn’t win one-third of the complete State to get to the Senate.
“You noticed a battle that’s nonetheless occurring in Akwa-Ibom State, with anyone of the calibre of Godswill Akpabio. Even although we all know there are points to that and it might be corrected however on the similar time, we should always have deployed, in such a method that we are going to need to arm-twist anyone or the system or manipulate the system.
“That query didn’t even come up in any respect and I feel the media ought to step again from the millieu, in order that they don’t get carried away by that sort of ‘flu’ politicians are going with in order that they will see the difficulty clearly and say what’s chargeable for this.
“You could see that we lost Oyo in presidential election where we have a sitting governor. We lost Ondo where we have a sitting governor. But because we didn’t want to condone impunity, we did all we did in Imo in a way to undermine ourselves. The choice we had was to either to accept what would have amounted to the impunity, so that we could win Imo ordo the right thing. But we said no, we would rather do what is decent.”
On the probabilities of the social gathering forward of the 2023 elections, Onilu expressed confidence that the result of the 2019 elections has additional elevated the probabilities of the APC, saying “the probabilities are even now brighter.
“You know why? Nigerians have proven that they’ve additionally come of age and that irrespective of who you’re, you will be rejected. See what occurred in Kwara State as an illustration. With the behemoth standing of anyone like Bukola Saraki whose opponent’s outcomes almost doubled his personal, not a single individual was slapped. He couldn’t even go to tribunal to protest.
“The solely method this might occur was as a result of voters have come up of age, they usually now have a look at efficiency in contrast to sentiments that they’ve been following.
Speaking on the simply concluded elections in Rivers state, Onilu stated “we don’t have something to do with the Rivers State election. APC didn’t have candidates in Rivers State and that’s the reason from the start, we didn’t throw ourselves a lot into it.
“You know what the Supreme Court did. They stated we weren’t certified to contest. So, on that foundation, no matter occurred in Rivers, whether or not a Local Government that gave 80% whole votes throughout the Presidential election out of the blue produced 320,000 for Wike throughout governorship election didn’t harm us in any method.
“If INEC says that was right, fantastic. It is as much as the events concerned to take actions in the event that they discover it vital. But for us as a celebration, we didn’t have the chance to contest unfairly in Rivers State.
On the adoption of the candidate of the African Action Congress by the social gathering, Onilu stated the APC as a celebration by no means adopted any candidate, however was fast to emphasize that the social gathering additionally didn’t forbid any native association which will have been made within the state.7f
He stated: “What occurred final time was whether or not what Amaechi did amounted to anti-party actions and I stated No. Adopting any candidate within the state didn’t deny any of our candidates something in Rivers State. So, I separated what occurred in Rivers from Ogun and Imo the place we had our personal candidates and our personal members labored towards personal candidates and labored for another candidates.
“It is different in Rivers. Whatever local arrangement they had there, we were not aware of it and we were not part of it. I’m sure you didn’t see anybody there campaigning for anybody outside of APC.”
He additionally dismissed insinuations that the Kwara state governor-elect was enmeshed in a certificates scandal and subsequently not certified to contest the election.
He stated “there is no such thing as a any scandal. You see, APC is a celebration of due course of. Once you adjust to your personal guidelines, issues change into simple for you. We have a course of they usually (the then governorship aspirants) went by the fitting course of.
“We are assured and fully sure that our governor-elect has nothing to cover. The certificates are real. You see, it’s laughable that of all issues, they can’t come out to say the election was rigged as a result of they had been traced even past their very own creativeness.
“So, they suppose perhaps they might discover one thing to make use of on the tribunal as a result of they will’t simply stroll away. But they should get up and face the truth of that defeat as a result of it’s an everlasting defeat