Members of Caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have endorsed former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole, for the position of national chairman of the party.
House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, while answering questions from reporters after a two-hour closed door meeting with Oshiomhole yesterday, said members were satisfied that the former governor has the capacity to steer the ship of the party successfully.
His words: “We came, he discussed with us for over two hours, and when we sit together for over two hours, a lot of things must have been accomplished.
“He comes with a rich pedigree in administration and governance and he has laid some of his programmes on the table for us.
“We had a very serious heart-to-heart discussion and we were all on the same page.
“Like he said he came to solicit for our support and the result of that solicitation is, as a caucus of APC in the House of Representatives, we believe in him and according to what we call in political lingo, we more or less have endorsed him for the position of the chairman of the party.”
On his own part, the party chairmanship candidate said he had crafted strategies to take the party to the next level.
He said having met with the leadership and members of the APC, Oshiomhole explained that he shared his intention to contest for the office of the chairman and to solicit for their support.
“As you know, our party is democratic and the chairmanship office is not by appointment but by election and members of the House caucus are automatic delegates of the Congress, where the election will take place.
“I also shared with them my vision and thoughts on variety of issues and how I hope to address those issues as they affect the running of our party and the relationship between the party and members of the caucus, as it affects the responsibility of the party to interact with the executive elected on the platform of the party at both the national and state levels – that is the National and state Assemblies.
“Of course, it’s not a secret that there are a couple of issues right now affecting our party in various states. We exchanged views as to how these issues can be resolved and I have no doubt that once we have a democratic organisation, there is bound to be contestation, agreements and disagreements.
“I think the challenge of leadership, which I believe I am determined to provide, is to be able to find courage and good heart to listen and to proactively intervene and to help people who have issues to find common ground to coexist.
On the ultimatum and conditions given the party by the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) he said it shows that they were still interested in the APC and that the party would work out a modality to accommodate dissenting voices
He assured party faithful that it was a challenge that would be surmounted by the party, “I don’t think it’s a big issue, some people have expressed discontent over one thing or the other.
“I think, from my own background, when people wrote to you to say we have issues, we want you to address these issues, it means the issues are negotiable, they are ready to discuss, they have an open mind.
“If they are not ready to discuss, then there will be no point issuing any so called ultimatum,” he said.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who was at the question and answer session, only moderated without adding to what was said by the two speakers.