Former president, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Peter Esele has said that he is keen on flying the APC flag in this year’s guber polls in Edo state to continue the good work already done by governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The labour leader who is hopeful that he will succeed the comrade governor, expressed implicit confidence over the disposition of Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the leadership of the All Progressive Congress, APC in the State to ensure a level playing ground for all the gubernatorial aspirants at the forthcoming party’s primary.
He said, “The bottom line, which I think is a matter of ideas, considering what Oshiomhole has done in the last seven years. It is a matter of telling ourselves the truth; moving beyond ethnic politics and not queuing behind somebody that is not going to add value. It is all about building beyond what we have today. That is why I am into the race today.”
The former TUC president who had since indicated interest to contest the governorship ticket under the platform of All Progressives Congress said, his administration would focus on education, agriculture and culture as sources of funding amidst the present dwindling oil revenue.
“But I know Oshiomhole strives for legacies. I don’t think Oshiomhole will want to be remembered for having led a primary that was inconclusive or characterized with fraud. But if somebody loses in an election that is transparent, he should be bold enough to congratulate the winner. That is what I think has to be done.”
Esele however ruled out the possibility of dumping the party if he loses at the primary, adding that the Comrade Governor has a right to front for a candidate of his choice.
“That is not part of me. It took me a long while to join this party. I am not thinking about that. But my expectation is to appeal to the leaders of the party to ensure a free and fair primary; because if you don’t have a transparent primary, crisis will brew. But I’m interested in contesting for the gubernatorial ticket of the APC. If the delegates think another person has the idea, they should vote for him.”

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