National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, ex-interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande and governors on the party’s platform, have endorsed former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for the position of the national chairman of the party.
The party’s leaders, made up of Tinubu, Akande, Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Tanko Al-Makura (Nassarawa), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) were at the Oshiomhole’s campaign office located at Aso Drive, Asokoro, Abuja, yesterday, on a solidarity visit.
Tinubu, who spoke to reporters shortly after he and Akande met with Oshiomhole behind closed doors, said: “my visit symbolizes solidarity and unity of purpose to continue to bring a progressive party that will carry Nigeria in a progressive manner, (to bring about) good governance with courage and commitment.”
In a response to a direct question as to whether his visit was an endorsement of Oshiomhole’s aspirations, he said: “there is no doubt. I have worked with him, why should I have any doubt? The stuff of this game (politics) is that you win. Have you seen a democrat who is ready to lose? Just accept it, it is about choice.”
Chief Akande also said: “democracy is a matter of choice; you would want somebody who is competent enough to do it (the job) and you allow him to do it.”
In response to a question on the parallel congress held in Lagos, Tinubu said: “anybody can get a branch of a bank anywhere but check whether your (Automated Teller Machine) card will work.”
Earlier, the Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, told journalists that all the governors on the party’s platform were looking forward to Oshiomhole’s chairmanship.
He said: “our party is looking forward to the chairmanship of Adams Oshiomhole.”
Bagudu said that though he was not the chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, “I can tell you that Adams Oshiomhole is my candidate as a governor and all the governors I know. He is the candidate for the chairmanship.