By Simeon OSAJIE
The former Governor of Edo State and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said he is contesting for the senate to impact on the people positively and not a senator sharing motor bikes, Keke Napeps and grinding machines to youths and widows as constituency project
Comrade Oshiomhole stated this during the flag-off of APC presidential campaign and senatorial election at the polytechnic sports complex Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West local government area of Edo State.
“I am troubled by the way we manage our budget at the National Assembly. I want to go there and argue on the floor of the Assembly that we should change our budgetary system. Our budget must work for the people”.
He further assured the people of the Senatorial district he would fight on the floor of the Assembly to ensure that Edo North Senatorial district and Nigeria benefit more from the national Assembly.
He revealed that the problem why road constructions are not completed is that the National Assembly takes half of the money budgeted for a road and approved four other roads on that approved fund, this is why we have unfinished roads all over Nigeria.
He said he would use the floor of the Senate to ensure that when the executive brought a budget, you don’t start new road when the existing one are not completed.
“I want to be a Senator, not a Senator sharing grinding machines for widows, buying motor bikes or Keke Napeps for 10 out of 10,000 youths. I don’t need to be a senator to support windows and youths. I have done that and I am still doing that, today I am paying school fee for people who don’t have money to go to school.
“I can’t have N500 million for constituency project and go and buy Keke Napeps motor bikes and grinding machines, that is not lawmaking” he said.
The Senatorial hopeful urged Nigeria to vote for a person with track record of performance in his previous position held in political careers, noting that among the those contesting for president, the candidate of the APC, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu stands out as a great performance.
According to him, “Tinubu is the most suitable person for the president in 2023 following his track record of performance as a governor of Lagos State.
“They are throw stone at him because they have seen that they can’t dispute his performance, they said he didn’t go to school but they say he was the treasurer of Mobil oil company and will an oil company employs someone as chief accountant or treasurer if he didn’t go to school”, he asked.
“You have seen how Tinubu transformed Lagos, when he see a performing young person, he mentored and grow him to become a leader. That is why he has produced governors, senators, ministers among others. So Tinubu is the one who will bring up young Nigerians and mentor them”
Going further, Oshiomhole added that the candidates of the Labour Party Peter Obi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar can’t unit Nigeria, adding that they are serial defectors who can’t be entrusted with Nigeria.
He said Atiku doesn’t believe in the unity of Nigeria as he had said in Kaduna state that northerners should not vote for a Yoruba and Ibo man as president, saying that a man who doesn’t believe in other tribes can’t unify Nigeria and can’t be voted for as president
He said Atiku defected from the PDP to the ACN, when he lost the election, he decamp to the PDP, he contest and lost and defected to APC, he again defected to the PDP and contested with Buhari and lost and now he still contesting.
The former Edo State governor urged Nigerians to be careful of Peter Obi as a man who can’t develop and grow the economy of Anambra state as a governor can’t develop Nigeria
Presenting the APC flag to the Senatorial candidate and other candidates in the forthcoming general elections, the state party’s chairman, Col. David Imose (Rtd) described Comrade Oshiomhole as people senator by God grace whose developmental record as the governor of the state made him household name to the people especially at the grassroots.
The party chairman urged the people to take the campaign to their families, wards and local government to ensure that the APC candidates emerge victorious at the polls in next year elections.