- Former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has met Buhari on Edo election
- The ex-Edo governor urged the president to provide adequate security during the poll
- Oshiomhole accused APC governors of using PGF DG against him
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Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, August 17, met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the incoming governorship election in Edo state.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the former governor of Edo state alleged that some APC governors are using the Progressives Governors' Forum (PGF)'s director-general, Salihu Lukman, against him.
Legit.ng gathered that while responding to an assertion made by the forum that he might be attempting to stage a come back as the party boss, Oshiomhole accused Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, of unilaterally appointing Lukman as the PGF's DG.
He told the State House correspondents that he would not engage in a dirty fight with the DG.
“What they don’t understand is that it is not the office of chairman that made me who I am. It is my pedigree from my days as a labourer in the textile industry to be the general secretary of textile workers all over Nigeria and becoming the president of NLC.
“There is no village I go to that people do not know me and it is this that I used to override the godfathers in Edo state for two consecutive terms, no violence before becoming the national chairman.
“So, my attitude is not to reply to the noise and it is coming from somebody who says he is an employee and appointee of Progressives Governors Forum. He contested for Senate against Makarfi, he lost. He even contested against governor El-Rufai during the primaries and he lost before Fayemi unilaterally appointed him the DG," he said.
The Nation also reports that Oshiomhole denied plotting to return as the national chairman of APC.
Oshiomhole wondered why anyone would imagine he would like to ‘resit’ a class he had passed, saying only ‘an empty brain’ would suggest that he was plotting a comeback.
“You want me to engage in a fight with a pig? If you engage in a fight with a pig, the pig already is stained by its nature and you will wear your white garment, and in my own case, khaki to go and wrestle with a pig? I will not.
Oshiomhole said he was at the Presidential Villa to appreciate the president and pledge his absolute loyalty to him.
He also revealed that he requested for security for the conduct of the September 19 poll, saying that whoever is found wanting among the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the APC should be brought to book.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari met with Oshiomhole at the State House in Abuja.
It was reported Oshiomhole was on Monday, August 17, seen with Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the president's chief of staff dressed in his traditional khaki suit heading towards Buhari’s office.
In another report, an alleged plot to return Oshiomhole was uncovered by a chieftain of the party, Salihu Lukman.
Lukman who is the director-general of PGF claimed there were moves to undermine the caretaker committee to achieve the goal ahead of the party’s national convention.
He said in a letter to the caretaker committee said the plot is being hatched to use the Edo governorship poll to bully APC leaders to submission.
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