By Samuel Ogidan
Less than two weeks to All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention, former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, has denied stepping down from the party’s chairmanship race.
The two-term Senator told journalists that the best person for the position is the one who is committed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda.
He said: “We must as a party support and complement the efforts of President Buhari in his African Union (AU’s) mandate to provide leadership and good governance in Africa.
“We must elect a party leadership with unquestionable commitment to the realisation of these ideals through the re-election of President Buhari which he has earned by dint of his leadership style and unwavering commitment to total national reconciliation and the sustenance of democratic tenets in Nigeria,” he said.
The chairmanship aspirant said that APC has a huge responsibility to provide leadership in inculcating and building a culture of a vibrant political party system from the national level through the other levels down to the grassroots.
Osunbor continued: “As national chairman of APC I shall strive to build on the efforts by the founding fathers of the party and reposition it to help focus government’s attention in order to impact on the lifting of the well-being and security of Nigerians.
“l am absolutely convinced that l have the competence and ability to provide the needed leadership at this point in time,” he said.
On why he’s the best person for the position, Osunbor said that he had the educational and professional competence to give the required leadership.
“l have the legislative experience as a two-term Senator to establish and engender a cordial relationship between the party and the National Assembly. My former colleagues at the National Assembly and other political associates across the country are invaluable assets.
“As a former governor, I have the executive experience to foster good working relationship between the party and the President at the national level and governors at the state level.
“Through collaboration, the party, the Legislature and the Executive will not be bogged down by unnecessary rifts and conflicts which, as we have seen, are unhealthy for good governance and the realisation of the happiness and prosperity of our people,” he said.
Fielding questions from newsmen, the former governor thanked the President and leaders of the party, who said, according to him, there would not be interference in the election.
He dismissed the reported endorsement of Adams Oshiomhole by Ahmed Tinubu and some governors, adding that “nothing is over until it’s over and in politics anything could change within a short time.”