Comrade Adams Oshiomhole yesterday assumed office as national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, vowing a revolution in party administration, even as he pledged that former President Olusegun Obasanjo must return the $16 billion he alleged was allocated to the power sector during his Presidency.
Oshiomhole said under his watch, the party would be supreme and that all party stalwarts, including the President, would be bound by party decisions. He also affirmed a new regime of regularity in the meetings of the party’s statutory organs.
The new chairman at the handing over ceremony whch held in Abuja yesterday, also said the ruling party will not change its slogan of “Change”, in spite of the confusion created during its national convention at the weekend when party faithful were urged to adopt progress as its slogan.
No one will kill Obasanjo, he must be alive to face prosecution
Speaking yesterday, he said: “As I was reflecting, I watched our president recently asking questions rhetorically, ‘you have spent $16bn on power under PDP, to lay emphasis, he repeated, where is the power?’. Nigerians in their various homes, those who have power that day or generator said, Mr President, we don’t have. So, $16 billion spent. It was like, the more dollars they spent, the more darkness the people suffered. “Now, the questions I had in my mind were, maybe because the president has not yet proceeded to now ask the follow-up questions since we cannot find the power, then, you must bring the $16 bn that you spent. If he (Buhari) does not do that, then the accusations of limited anti-corruption fight may begin to gain some currency. “So, to assist PDP to overcome these, our President needs to do the needful. After all, it is already on record what other presidents didn’t do, with regard to the issue of MKO Abiola, and the criminal manner by which the election was nullified, and people pretended that, that was never an issue, but the President showed courage. ‘’That same courage should not fail him, so that he can proceed to recover the $16 bn back into the treasury from the man who superintended over the spending of that money. When he does that, people will say, yes, there is a difference. “There are Nigerians, including Prof. Soyinka who are asking that if people had immunity as sitting presidents, when the immunity expires, should they transit to immunity or impunity? I think impunity is deadlier than immunity. I think they want to distract attention when they are in trouble and they begin to shout, ‘but, they want to kill me’. Since President Buhari assumed office, no political player of note has been assassinated for political reasons but the president under whose watch a Minister of Justice was murdered in cold blood and the minister could not get justice, and so, when the ghosts of the Harry Marshalls, Dikibo and several others…then the man says ‘they want to kill me’. No! To kill is to prevent investigation. You must be alive to account. That is a typical distraction. So, I think all of us should be ready to do everything we can to help Nigerians not to forget in a hurry those who looted us for 16 years, destroyed the fabric of our growth system, to tender apology letters so that they can be allowed to come back. But my people say if either a husband or wife has been known for serial adultery, and he says sorry I won’t do it again, how much can you trust? So, I want to thank my brother Secondus who said he congratulates me and that I should be ready for constructive criticisms. I cannot wait to have it. I cannot wait. On the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti State, he said; “I am also clear that we are assuming office on the eve of an election in Ekiti State but I am very confident that all we need to do is to make sure that the instrument that was ruthlessly deployed by the then ruling party to rig us out, that rigging machine has been dismantled. ‘’They must now go through the rigours which we had always gone through, persuading people and sermonizing to people why we are better than People Destroying People. That, we will just have to do. ‘’We won’t resort to using their own tactics because we promised to be different. We will be different. But I know that old gangs cannot change their habits. They cannot learn what they have never known – how to win votes. ‘’They have perfected how to write results and the writing of results is no longer in vogue. In fact, as Asiwaju Tinubu said, writing now is only for the analogue people. You use Gmail if you are using generator and Email if you are using electricity. ‘’So, I am very confident that Ekiti state will be won on the basis of our records in comparison with their own records and ensuring that there is free and fair election”.
Source – Vanguard