…Says I’m not capable of being used
Frontrunner in the race for the national chairmanship position of the ruling All progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole has reiterated that he was gone above the level of being used by anybody.
The former Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, boss stated this yesterday in Abuja while formally declaring his intention to contest for the position of the party’s national chairmanship seat.
He said he was keen as to what his task would be if he was eventually elected into office.
The former Edo governor noted that he was bringing on board his skills to negotiate, persuade, “to give and take” and to adopt a process that would lead to a win-win situation, rather than a winner and a looser situation, as those were the skills that he deployed while he was president of the NLC.
“I want to be of help; I want to be of use to all those who need it, but I am not capable of being used.
“There is so much suspicion in our political space. People fight for things they are not even sure of what the details are. The way to eliminate suspicion is to put on the table what is on the table, what is under the table, keep it under the table until it comes to the top of the table,” he said.
Speaking on the several instances of power tussle between the executive and legislative arms of government in the country, Oshiomole said the two arms should bear in mind that to be separate was not to be autonomous of one another, as it would help the nation’s democracy to flourish better.
“I say to my brothers and sisters in the National Assembly that although we are separate arms, but only separate arms of one government, we must have one focus.
“If I am privileged to become chairman, my irreducible minimum responsibility will be to constantly help the executive and legislature to find common grounds and work together,” he added.
Oshiomolemaintained that no matter what people were saying, President MuhammaduBuhariwas not a thief, adding that the entire black world was looking up to Nigeria and that the country had what it takes to meet up with the expectations.
He, however, took a swipe at former President Goodluck Jonathan whom he accused of desperately trying to subvert democracy in November 2014, when he allegedly ordered security men to invade and destroy the APC’s data centre in Lagos.
Speaking further, he maintained that although they succeeded in destroying the data base of the party, they didn’t succeed in destroying the will of the Nigerian people.