- Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is confident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will do well in Taraba state during the 2019 elections
- The APC national chairman said the party will provide better leadership in the state if elected
- He said the governor of the state, Darius Ishaku, has administered the state in absentia
The national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, September 10, expressed confidence that the ruling party will do well in Taraba state during the 2019 general elections.
Oshiomhole made the comment while swearing-in Honourable Ibrahim El-Sudi as the Taraba state party chairman at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
Oshiomhole charged the El-Sudi-led harmonised Taraba executive to ensure participation of members and stakeholders, to ensure the party’s success at the forthcoming election.
He said the party will provide better leadership in the state if elected, compared to the incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku who he said has administered the state in absentia.
His words: “The party constitution allows the National Working Committee (NWC) to deal with situations when we have challenges including forging consensus or even appointing caretaker committees in order to ensure the smooth running of the party across the country.
“It is my hope and prayers that the APC in Taraba state under the chairmanship of Hon. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi with the full support of stakeholders will work together with everybody in the Taraba APC to ensure that there is all-inclusive participation. That is the whole idea of the harmonised executive.
“We have a governor in Taraba on the PDP platform and who narrowly escaped with the position courtesy of the rigging machine of the PDP. From all that I hear from the ordinary people of Taraba, they can’t wait to have Governor Darius Ishaku out of the government house of Taraba.
“We at the APC headquarters are absolutely committed to giving you all the moral, organisational and persuasive support that we can provide to organise, mobilise and ensure that the great people of Taraba state come out enmasse to vote for whoever will emerge as the governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidate on the platform of our party, come February 2019.
“Under the APC, the good people of Taraba state will witness sustainable development, peace, and security. They will have a resident governor. Because what we have now is a governor that spends one day in Taraba and six days outside Taraba whether in Lagos, London or in other parts of the world. You can’t govern in absentia. I believe that our party will make a difference.
“I am encouraged by the people I see who are working together on the platform of the APC in our shared determination to provide good governance to the people of Taraba state. Today’s meeting is the beginning of a collaborative effort to democratically takeover the governance of Taraba state.”
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Responding, El-Sudi promised to unite all members and stakeholders in the Taraba state APC to deliver votes for the APC come 2019.
“I want to assure that whatever stories anybody could have told you national chairman about the disunity in Taraba is not true. I will unite everybody because every individual is important in Taraba state. I will carry everybody along so that we deliver Taraba to the APC come 2019,” he said.
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of almost turning Nigeria to a one-party country when it held sway as the party in the center.
The APC national chairman who made the statement during an interview on Channels Television, 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 co-opted the leadership of the opposition as some members of the then opposition were appointed as special advisers to the president.
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