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James Emejo in Abuja
Former Governor of Edo State and All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairmanship aspirant, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday met with members of the APC Caucus in the House of Representatives behind closed-doors for over two hours to solicit for their support for the position.
In attendance were the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; the Deputy, Hon. Yussuff Lasun, as well as the principal officers led by the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, among other members.
Speaking to journalists after the engagement, Oshiomhole said he had come to solicit for their support and proffer lasting solutions to the problems currently bedevilling the APC.
Among other things, he said he would ensure that there’s strong correlation between effort and reward as far as the activities of the party are concerned.
He said: “I came basically to meet with the leadership and members of the APC caucus of the House of Representative. I have shared with them my intention to contest for the office of the National Chairman of APC and to solicit for their support.
“As you know, our party is democratic and the chairmanship office is not by appointment, it’s by election and members of the caucus are automatic delegates of the convention at which the national chairman and other national officers will be elected.
“So, I came physically to solicit their support and also share my vision and thoughts on a variety of issues and how I hope to address those issues as they affect the running of our party, the relationship between the party and members of the National Assembly as it affects the responsibility of the party to interact with the executive elected on the platform of the party at both national and state level and of course, the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly respectively.”
The former governor said:”Of course, it’s no secret that there are couple of issues right now affecting our party in various states, we’ve exchanged views as to how some of these issues can be resolved and I’ve no doubt in my mind that once you have a democratic organisation, there’s bound to be contestations, agreements and disagreements.
“I think the challenge of leadership which I believe I am determined to provide is to be able to find courage and good heart to listen and to pro-actively intervene and to help people who have issues to find common ground to co-exist.
“I believe that all the members of APC have good intentions; we’ve our own fair share of internal contestation and I’m sure working together, we will resolve all of that so that we can have a party that is united, cohesive- the one its membership has a sense of belonging, and there should be a strong correlation between effort and reward as far as the activities of the party are concerned. These and many other issues we discussed.”
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