I won’t allow opposition within party – Oshiomhole



Ahead of the June 2 national convention of the All Progressives Party (APC), a former Edo state, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday admitted that organs of the ruling party “have not been functioning as expected and promised to change the trend if elected as the next national chairman.” Oshiomhole, who spoke when he visited the leadership of the Senate at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, in company of the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to the President, Senator Ita Enang, and former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade AbdulWaheed Omar, among others, said he would make APC “a true progressive party if elected into office and not a party that is an opponent to itself.”

He said: “We have a common opponent that is not difficult to identify. And we know who our opponent is. We cannot be opponents of ourselves. I believe that working and getting support from all of you that together we can re-brand our party, strengthen it, give it a more positive image, giving our owners a sense of ownership and participation and together we will confront the forthcoming election and remind Nigerians that even if we haven’t fi xed all the problems, there is no question that there is a genuine commitment to begin to address those problems and that we can’t fi x it three years what was destroyed in 16 years and a journey of a million miles starts with one correct step. “We have duty to reassure Nigerians that this party is capable of delivering and sustaining the change that we promised.”

According to him, he was in the Senate to inform party caucus of his intention to contest for the national chairmanship office and also seek their support to clinch the position. Oshiomhole assured the senators that if elected as the chairman, he would make “APC a political party where every member will have sense of belonging wiThequal opportunity and mutual respect for each other.”

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