Oshiomhole tasks party leadership on effective alliance

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole praises the emergence of APC.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on Thursday advised the leadership of the new All Progressive Congress, APC, to sacrifice their personal interest for the success of the alliance.

Mr. Oshiomhole gave the advice when the former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau-led All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, national rebuilding and inter-party contact committee visited him in Benin.

He said the new mega party would only triumph when the APC leaders sacrificed their personal political and economic aspirations in the interest of the nation.

Mr. Oshiomhole said: “all of us as leaders and followers should recognise for a merger to be fruitful a level of sacrifices will be required.”

“And everyone will be required to moderate his aspiration and people must be ready to submit their personal interest to bigger national interests.

“I have no doubt that all those involved in the process recognise that these are the irreducible minimum and we are all determined to make those sacrifices. At the end of the day, it is all about Nigeria, not about individuals or party. It is about giving our people an alternative base to choose from.

“That the electorate have the power to reward or sanction and those who wish to be in power have to listen to the yearnings of the electorate,” the governor, who praised the emergence of the APC, said:

Mr. Oshiomhole said in matured democracies all over the world where governance had changed from one political party to another, one would find that there were two major political parties.

“And they may also have a third fringe party which chooses to go into alliance as in the case of a parliamentary system.”

Mr. Shekarau had earlier said one of the major assignments of the committee was to reach out to other political parties of like minds to enrich the democratic process and give Nigerians an alternative choice.

He noted that the formation of the APC by five frontline progressive parties was a major breakthrough in the country and assured that the ANPP was committed to providing the people with an alternative platform in the country.

He said, “ANPP is committed to this new change and this new progressive development to provide Nigerians with an alternative platform to ensure that the aspirations of Nigerians for good governance at the centre is realised.”

The committee had earlier met with ANPP delegates from the South South zone at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre with the same message.

Mr. Shekarau urged the party members to remain calm and law abiding as the process of the alliance crystalised.


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