The former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has met with President Muhammadu Buhari, following the reported cases of violent campaigns in Edo State.
Buhari has again cautioned politicians in the upcoming Edo governorship elections to avoid any act capable of disrupting the socio-political order in the state. Oshiomhole made the president’s feelings known to State House correspondents after meeting with him at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.
“I briefed him on what is happening, you know his attitude is always clear that Nigerians electorate, their rights must always be respected and anybody using unlawful weapons, violence, to intimidate the electorate the president will support such causes, and on that, we are together,” he said.
Oshiomhole also revealed that when he was in the NLC, Police shot and killed some of his fans several times; noting that he never asked them to go after the Police. “I had run elections as governors in Edo, three times, and there was no violence. So, what has changed now that people are talking about violence, the people are still the same.
“The only thing that has changed is: who is the governor, who boasts of his immunity and so on. So the president is excited at the process of having a free and fair election, devoid of violence, and the fact that the laws are clear when people misuse firearms as to what should be done. The courts are there, the police are there and they will do their job. It doesn’t matter which party anybody belongs, the laws are the same,” he added.
On the accusation that he was planning to return as national chairman of APC, Oshiomhole said he was not interested in re-contesting for the position. He also added that his central role in the continuing campaign for the election of APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had nothing to do with that.
“So, it takes an empty brain to suggest that I only want to stage a comeback to become the national chairman. For what? To go and do a reset? So my attitude is not to reply to the noise,” stated Oshiomhole.