- Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) almost succeeded in turning Nigeria to a one-party state
- Oshiomhole also accused one of the former PDP administrations of working to neutralise the opposition at some point
- According to him, the only business in town then, was to join PDP
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole believes Nigeria was on the verge of becoming a one-party country under the rule of the PDP.
The APC national chairman made the statement during an interview on Channels Television aired recently.
“PDP almost succeeded in turning Nigeria to a one-party state. If you wanted to be politically involved and active, and you wanted to seek election regardless of your individual views and conviction, the only business in town was to join PDP,” the immediate past governor of Edo state said.
He also accused one of the former PDP administrations of working to neutralise the opposition at some point.
According to him, the government at that time coopted the leadership of the opposition.
The APC chairman said some members of the then opposition were appointed as special advisers to the president, stressing that “Nigeria effectively became a one-party state.”
He said that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) under his leadership was seen as the unofficial opposition and became the only credible voice that could question the decisions of the then government.
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Meanwhile, Oshiomhole, has said the governor-elect of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, does not have the financial capability for vote-buying as alleged in some quarters.
“No one can claim that Fayemi is a rich man, I know he was struggling to find money to mobilise and to sustain his campaign,” the party chairman said, adding that he was well aware of the financial position of the governor-elect in the run-up to the election.
He explained that he was not in Ekiti and cannot claim to be a witness to vote-buying and did not participate in any decision to vote money to buy votes in the state.
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