- Adams Oshiomhole has said that the ruling APC needs fresh ideas
- He said these fresh ideas will help the party achieve its aim to scale through the forthcoming 2019 election
- According to the former governor, he will not allow any individual or strong politicians to use him against the good of the party
The former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) needs fresh ideas to scale through the 2019 general election.
Oshiomhole, who recently declared his ambition to vie for the position of the national chairman of the APC said he believes new blood if given the opportunity will offer fresh ideas for growth.
While giving a speech during his formally declaration, the former leader of the Nigerian Labour Union said: “In this world, things can get better. I am contesting, not because I think there is a leadership failure, but democracy works better when new blood is given the opportunity to offer fresh ideas and build on the foundation laid.”
However, commending the leadership of the national chairman of the party, John Oyegun and his team, the former governor promised to run and all-inclusive administration and address agitation for restoration of internal democracy.
"We will strive as much as humanly possible to promote internal democracy within the party. For me, I am clear that a political party is a structured, voluntary association and not an amorphous informal mob that is not governed by the mood of its leaders at various levels.
"Therefore, APC must be seen to operate on the basis of its rules which is the party Constitution and other laws of the Federation, as they relate to the formation and administration of political parties. Indeed, the Constitution of the party is the basis of the contract between the party members. Thus a credible membership register is a pre-condition for sustainable internal party democracy.
“As governing party, founded on the values of social democracy, we must be seen to play politics of inclusion which encourages debates, contestations and consensus on policy choices. Under our leadership, we will give effect to article 25 of the APC’s Constitution which provides that National Convention of the party shall be held once in two years; National Executive Committee (NEC) every quarter and National Working Committee (NWC) once every month," he said.
Oshiomhole said the APC under his leadership should be able to organise annual platforms to review not only the activities of the party but even of governments elected on the platform of the party at all levels.
He said other organs of the party including those at the zonal and state levels will be encouraged to meet as stipulated by the Constitution.
“We will endeavour to ensure that the party conventions beyond elections also seeks to discuss development, governance and policy issues.
Also, we will organise activities at regular intervals across the six geopolitical zones where issues and challenges facing the polity, economy and society will be discussed by party leadership and elected and appointed officials, and members."
“I want to assure our leaders and our overall leader, President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of National Assembly and our governors that I am clear on what my task will be if elected. I want to be of help to those who need help but I am not capable of being used," Oshiomhole added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Oshiomhole formally declared intention to become next APC national chairman on Thursday, May 10.
The former NLC chairman and ex-governor of Edo state is believed to enjoy President Buhari's support to be next APC chairman.
He is expected to be the main challenger to the incumbent chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, if he decides to seek re-election .
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