•Adams Oshiomhole on why APC must change leadership style
By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City
THE National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was yesterday received at the Benin Airport by a huge crowd of party faithful where he vowed to continue his style of leadership.According to him, there is need for a change in leadership style in the party and the country to get a different result.
Oshiomhole said those moving out of the party were those who want the same style of leadership to continue that would lead to only few benefiting to the detriment of the majority.
Said he:“Be fair in your reportage, this is not about me, it is not about them, it is about the Nigerian people. For those questioning my choice of style, if the traditional style was working, we won’t be where we are. I will not adopt the ruling class tactics to deal with cankerworms of diseases. I offer different style in order to get different outcome.
“In Edo, they made this argument, that politics is different from labour, we used labour tactics to humble them and they became converted. Exactly the same way we used it in Edo, we will use it to humble them whether in Kwara, Benue or Sokoto or anywhere.
“I am very proud of my working class background. For a party that is committed to the people which I have agreed to lead, we must engage and engage even if they call me attack dog. I will rather be an attack dog than be a mushroom eater.
“I asked you to understand that what is at stake is beyond APC and PDP. Nigeria is much more than the sum total of all the political parties. When you see all the arguments here and there, sponsored debates here and there, I am at home with them. I think by February next year, we will see who is who.
“Everything they are giving, they suck and that translates to poverty for the Nigerian people; every privileged position they have been given, they convert it to an ATM machine. All such actions put together explain the paradox that we are in, that democracy is not delivering to the majority of the Nigerian people. We must go beyond a situation in which the only entry point for the Nigerian is on Election Day,and after the election, the elected go to Abuja till another election.”
He said he was aware of the challenges facing the party and the country and believed that he would provide the needed leadership to change the situation. “I will represent the feelings, the aspirations and I will meet your expectations as far as the running of APC is concerned and at this point, I am very clear, we will have to fight on the basis of our conviction and we will adopt our style, we will not borrow the style of others and we will bring those values into the leadership and management of the APC. Working together with President Buhari—the government will focus on the people, and will not focus on the welfare of the few at the expense of the majority; the government must do everything possible to ensure that those who work have something to show for their labour.
“We must support the president and the APC to remove all those thieves, all those looters who believe it is their birthright to continue to loot.”