- Adams Oshiomhole has said he is inspired by the position of the new APC leadership to do what is needed to retain power in 2023
- Oshiomhole made the remark during his 70th birthday party on the importance of him contesting for the Edo North senatorial seat
- According to the former governor, he is vying for the political seat because he wants to give the people better representation
Iyamoh, Edo state - Ahead of the 2023 general election, the former All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has opened up on his reason to contest Edo North senatorial seat.
Oshiomhole, a former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said he is vying for the seat to contribute to Nigeria’s development and give the people better representation, The Nation reported.
The former governor of Edo state made the declaration during his 70th birthday party at his country home in Iyamoh, Etsako West local government area of the state on Monday evening, April 4.
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“We have done what we need to do. I am inspired by the position of the new leadership for us to do what we need to do to retain power in 2023. I am convinced that this is the time to proceed to the next step of the conversation, which is about who leads the great people of Edo North Senatorial District in the Senate by 2023.”
APC’s Senator Francis Asekhame Alimikhena, representing the Edo North senatorial district, is seeking a third term, while Edo South and Edo Central have Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) senators.
Oshiomhole promises not to disappoint if elected
The former APC national chairman went on to note that as a senator, the interests of Edo north would not be ignored.
Oshiomhole was quoted by The Cable saying:
“As I have spoken for Nigeria as the president of the NLC before — as a non-state actor — I believe that as a senator and with your support, your interest cannot be ignored in the red chamber in Abuja. With you supporting the project [for me] to be the senator, I will be the senator representing Edo north."
Oshiomhole declares intention to contest in 2023
Legit.ng previously reported that Oshiomhole officially declared to run for Edo North senatorial seat in 2023 after months of speculations.
By the declaration, the former APC chairman will be slugging it out with his erstwhile protégé and two-term senator, Alimehina, who is also seeking his third term.
Oshiomhole clocked the ripe age of 70 on April 4, 2022, and the occasion was marked in a special way. A big party was thrown for the former APC chairman as he was surrounded by loved ones as he partied hard.