Oshiomhole denies imposition of candidates, says I learned my lesson

Ahead of the 2023 polls, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has advised aggrieved party members to withdraw their cases in court.

Oshiomhole, speaking at a rally of top party members in Benin on Friday, confessed that he learned hard lessons from his experience with two of his acolytes: Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, who later turned against him. turned.

The former governor of Edo state, the ruling party’s candidate for the Edo North senatorial district, said he never imposed a candidate on the party in his native Edo North during the party’s just-concluded primaries.

With his impassioned support for the party’s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he stressed that the only person he has ever told him to resign is his younger brother, Saidu, who won the automatic ticket for Etsako West Constituency 2 ticket, but had to force him to quit because it won’t be appropriate to have two brothers’ names on different ballots.

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He said, “I’ve learned my lesson. All those people I’ve supported before, how did it turn out? I just told my younger brother to resign because Oshiomhole can’t run for the Senate and another Oshiomhole for the House of Representatives. After only Oshiomhole dey? In Edo North I never imposed anyone.”

He reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s advocacy that aggrieved aspirants should settle all matters out of court for the sake of unity, noting that party supremacy should be the top priority in the minds of all believers.

He recalled that he chose not to face a legal challenge when he was ousted as the national party chairman, not because he had no chance to turn it around, but because of the party’s unity and cohesion.

Oshiomhole pleaded: “We shouldn’t fight to finish. I did not go to court when I was removed. It wasn’t because I didn’t have a chance. It is an honor to be the national chairman of the party, if only for one day. If the Supreme Court ruled that I should come back, but the party leaders said no, who will I preside?

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“I have chosen to sleep on my right by not challenging my removal and I am enjoying it. I chose not to go to court. I told my lawyer to take the case off the court. Please take a cue from my example and pull all cases related to primary out of court.”

At the meeting that witnessed the presence of former Vice-Governors Pius Odubu; Lucky Imasuen; former aspiring governor, General Charles Airhiavbere; Among others, Deputy Majority Leader Peter Akpatason, the chairman of the state party, Colonel David Imuse, revealed that of the 22 lawsuits that followed the party’s primary election, 12 of the litigants have agreed to withdraw their cases in court.

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