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2023: Oshiomhole Declares Senatorial Ambition


2023: Oshiomhole's Ally Dumps APC, Gives Reasons

A former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has officially declared his Senatorial ambition.

Oshiomhole made the declaration during his 70th birthday party at his country home, Iyamoh, on Monday, Naija News reports.

The former governor of Edo State disclosed that he would be contesting for the Edo North Senatorial seat under the platform of APC in 2023.

The Edo North Senatorial zone is currently being represented at the National Assembly by Senator Francis Alimikhena.

Speaking further the former NLC chairman said he would not ignore the interests of the senatorial zone if elected as the next Senator, adding that he declared his intention now that the APC is stronger.

He said: “It is true that for quite some time, many of our people have asked me, ‘why don’t you contest for the senate?’ And I said ‘first, APC had a crisis; let us fix the party and have a convention.

“Now that we have a strong party on ground, I’m convinced that this is the time to proceed to the next leg of the conversion — ‘who will lead us, represent the people?’

“As I have spoken for Nigeria as the president of the NLC before — as a non-state actor — I believe that as a senator and with your support, your interest cannot be ignored in the red chamber in Abuja. With you supporting the project [for me] to be the senator, I will be the senator representing Edo north.

“I will personally speak to my brother, senator Francis Alimikhena, for two reasons. I want us to maintain the unity of Afemai land and leaders must lead by example. He knows the role I played in making him senator and he will be required to be the director-general of my campaign.

“I have determined to use the rest of my life — asking God to use me as His instrument — to influence the direction of governance and politics to deliver the greatest goods in the shortest possible time.

“I want to appreciate all of you for being here. I also decided there will be no food [for my birthday] because this is a fasting season, but there will be a small packet to entertain your family.”