Former Edo State Governor and Senator representing Edo North, Adams Oshiomhole, has unequivocally stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not a refuge for failed, discontented, or disloyal politicians.
Oshiomhole’s remarks come in response to widespread speculation that Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, is considering rejoining the APC following a fallout with his superior, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Speaking in Benin on Thursday during a condolence visit to the family of the late Esogban of Benin kingdom, David Edebiri, the former chairman of the ruling party questioned the basis of court judgments founded solely on suspicion.
He highlighted the importance of court proceedings grounded in solid evidence rather than conjecture.
Regarding recent reports of potential defections, Oshiomhole underscored the principles guiding the APC, asserting, “The APC is not a sanctuary for politicians seeking rehabilitation after experiencing setbacks.
“Those of us within the APC are content with our current standing and are steadfast in our opposition role. We are not inclined to welcome individuals seeking refuge due to their political misfortunes. I categorically reject any notion of disloyalty within the APC.”
Oshiomhole urged political officeholders to prioritise loyalty to their leaders, emphasizing his unwavering stance against disloyalty.
He shared his personal experience, recalling that his deputy as governor had aspired to succeed him, but he chose not to endorse him, and yet the matter did not escalate to legal battles. Oshiomhole emphasized that supporting disloyalty is not aligned with his values.
Offering insights into the upcoming Edo State gubernatorial race, Oshiomhole commented, “While it would be a welcome development for my region to produce the next governor of Edo State, we must acknowledge that Nigeria’s dynamics don’t always adhere to such regional preferences. Fairness dictates that other zones should also have the opportunity to produce the next governor.”
In his statement, Oshiomhole elucidated his firm stance on loyalty and the values upheld by the APC. His declaration reverberates amidst discussions surrounding political realignments and aspirations in Edo State.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)