Former Edo state governor and one of the contestant of the Chairmanship position of the ruling All Progressive Congress has reaffirmed his continue loyalty and support for the party as he has stated that whether or not he emerges the National Chairman of the party, he will continue to work hard to ensure that the party retains power.
Oshiomhole stated this after being screened by the party’s committee on Monday. “The process leading to the emergence of a new Leadership was more important than the outcome” he said.
“I am used to contestations and competition and I am a democrat. That was why I did not agree with those who said extending our tenure without election. I think democracy is problematic, but there is no better way to govern a people who are not children who should be spoon fed.
“In this business, it is not just what you do, not how it is done and who is involved in the doing. It is about participation. I am excited and the people are no strangers.
“At least, I know one and we have contested against each other before. He rigged me out, I pursued him and I won and retrieved the mandate from him. I went back to seek second term and I won. I defeated him even in his local government. I won 18 over 18, defeating him in his ward, his unit, his local government and Senatorial district. He explained.
His commitment according to him is not just for him to be Chairman. As chairman or no chairman, he promised to continue to work hard to see that the party retain power at the Centre and also run power in many more states and produce many more senators, House of Representative members and more House of Assembly members so that the party will have the needed strength to deepen the change and sustain the changes,”.
Speaking on the outcome of his screening, he added: “When you write an exam, you try to do your best, trusting that your examiners will find your answers will be good enough to give you a pass or even a distinction. That would only be at their discretion. I would say that I tried my best to speak to the issues which are basically how to move forward.
“Nobody should seek to lead if you don’t have a level of understanding of what the challenges because you can’t do prescriptions without diagnosis. Fortunately, I have been a founding member.
“I was one of the governors that participated in the merger meetings when we had to sit for the first time ac ACN governors, CPC Governor, ANPP governor and that of APGA to see how we can move forward.
“So, I understand the mission and the vision of the APC because we were the founding persons of the party. So, I know what our dream was and the gap between that dream and the current reality. I am also clear as to what we need to do differently so that dream is realized.”