APC: 'I Have Defeated Osunbor Twice And I Will Do It Again' - Oshiomhole
Former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole has expressed confidence that he will defeat other aspirants, including a former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor who has also joined the race for the chairmanship of the APC.
Oshiomhole, who spoke with journalists on Monday after he was screened by Governor Aminu Bello Masari-led APC Screening Committee, voiced his satisfaction with the process leading to the June 23 poll.
“I am used to contestations and competition and I am a democrat. That was why I did not agree with those who said extend our tenure without election. I think democracy is problematic, but there is no better way to govern a people who are not children who should be spoon fed.
“In this business, it is not just what you do, not how it is done and who is involved in the doing. It is about participation. I am excited and the people are no strangers.
“At least, I know one and we have contested against each other before. He rigged me out, I pursued him and I won and retrieved the mandate from him. I went back to seek second term and I won. I defeated him even in his local government. I won 18 over 18, defeating him in his ward, his unit, his local government and senatorial district.
“If I was able to defeat him as an ordinary union leader when they dismissed me that I was not a politician while he was already a senator and I was able to defeat him; now as a man who has had the privilege to preside over the affairs of Nigeria Labour Congress nationwide, a two time-governor, if I have to compete with somebody who was governor for 18 months, I don’t have any problem,” he said.
“As for the others, let me say that in a boxing ring, heavy weights don’t engage feather weight. But serious speaking, I am happy that we are in a democracy and people are free to contest,” he added.
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