Former Labor President and Ex-Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has formally declared his intention to run for the office of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The former labour leader made the declaration on Thursday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. Comrade Oshiomhole is expected to be the main challenger to current chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, if the latter does decide to seek re-election.
In his speech, Oshiomhole also expressed gratitude to Oyegun, for leading the party to victory in the 2015 presidential elections.
“It is right to appreciate the efforts of the sitting chairman, my own brother, my own elder but also my predecessor the first governor of Edo state John Odigie-Oyegun,” He said.
“I want to place on record my gratitude and my appreciation of the leadership he has provided. Whatever anybody wants to say I believe he chaired the party to victory in the 2015 election and history will record that in his favour along with other laudable things he has done to keep our party afloat up to this moment.
“I am seeking to contest for the same office based on the principle that in the 21st century, in the past the conservative notion was if it is not broken you don’t mend it but in the digital world anything and everything can be better.
“I am contesting not because I think it is a leadership failure, I am contesting because I think as it is expected in our constitution of our party and even of our country, democracy work better when from time to time new blood new ideas are allowed.”
The APC’s elective convention is scheduled for June.