By Ezeocha Nzeh
The chances of former Edo State Governor, Adams Aliu Oshiomhole to win the National Chairmanship race of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), became brighter yesterday, when h publicly received further endorsement from former Governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of the ruling party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ahead of the June 234 national Convention in Abuja.
Tinubu led another APC leader and former Governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, and some serving Governors to declared their support for Comrade Adams Oshiomohle as the next National Chairman of the party at the Oshiomholke campaign office in Abuja.
Declaring his support to the former labour leader and immediate past Governor of Edo State, Tinubu said: “My presence here symbolizes solidarity and unity of purpose to continue to build a progressive party that will carry Nigeria on in a progressive manner and encourage good governance with courage and commitment.
“There is no doubt that I have endorsed his candidacy (Oshiomohle). I have worked with him, why should I have any doubt?
“This thing is a game and there is the fact that you either win or lose. Have you seen a democrat who is ready to lose? Just accept the fact that it is about winning.
“In whose office am I now? I am in Oshiomhole’s office. First of all, let us solve that problem first. For now, I am for Adams Oshiomhole.
On his presidential mandate to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party, the former Lagos State Governor noted; “We are reconciling. Our being here is part of reconciliation. We are reconciling, what is politics? It is about conflict and conflict resolution.”
Also speaking on behalf of the Governors, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, declared that nearly all the serving APC Governors have endorsed Oshiomohle as the next National Chairman.
When asked how many Governors have bought into Oshiomohle’s candidacy, Bagudu said: “All of us. Our party is looking forward to the chairmanship of Adams Oshiomole.
“He has been experienced in various aspects of national life and we are all confident that he can lead the party structure that is necessary for the continuous evolution and maintenance of democracy and his collective experience in the recent past as executive Governor of Edo state, one of the most successful leaders of trade union, and a democratic activist all his life.
“These qualities will be brought to bear in achieving the ideas of the APC. So we believe he will be a leader, he will be the embodiment of the spirit of the party and the experience will help.
Other Governors who came to show solidarity to Oshiomohle’s candidacy included; Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun),and Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa)