Former president, Trade Union Congress [TUC]. Comrade Peter Esele at the weakened expressed implicit confidence that Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the leadership of the All Progressive Congress[ APC] in the State will ensure a level play ground for all the gubernatorial aspirants at the forthcoming party’s primary.
Esele who had since indicated interest to contest the governorship ticket under the platform of All Progressives Congress said his administration would focus on education, agriculture and culture as sources of funding amidst the present dwindling oil revenue.
“But I know Oshiomhole strives for legacies. I don’t think Oshiomhole will want to be remembered for having led a primary that was inconclusive or characterized with fraud. But if somebody loses in an election that is transparent, he should be bold enough to congratulate the winner. That is what I think has to be done.”
Esele who spoke with newsmen in Benin City however ruled out the possibility of dumping the party if he loses at the primary adding that the Comrade Governor has a right to front for a candidate of his choice.
“That is not part of me. It took me a long while to join this party. I am not thinking about that. But my expectation is to appeal to the leaders of the party to ensure a free and fair primary; because if you don’t have a transparent primary, crisis will brew. But I’m interested in contesting for the gubernatorial ticket of the APC. If the delegates think another person has the idea, they should vote for him.”
On why venture into a governorship race when the Comrade Governor has already adopted a preferred candidate he posited “I think the governor has every right to support any candidate of his choice. But I also have my right to contest. It doesn’t have to do with whether the governor has a preferred candidate or not. But again, it is the delegates that will determine who bears the party’s flag. I think we should be open to discussion and ideas to broaden the space. And I think that is the biggest problem.”
“The bottom line, which I think is a matter of ideas, considering what Oshiomhole has done in the last seven years. It is a matter of telling ourselves the truth; moving beyond ethnic politics and not queuing behind somebody that is not going to add value. It is all about building beyond what we have today. That is why I am into the race today.”
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