Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC says it will not field as candidates, opportunists who are seeking to use the platform of the party for selfish interest.
The APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole said this while addressing members of the screening committee of the party appointed to screen aspirants vying for the APC ticket for the 2019 General Election in Nigeria.
He stressed the need for the screening committee to do a good job of screening the aspirants in order to avoid any issues developing in the future adding that the national executives have been working on resolving issues that developed from the last congresses which he described as fraudulent.
“In many of the states we had challenges arising from the way congresses were conducted, many of them were quite fraudulent, that has been the challenge we have been trying to resolve since we came. Screening of aspirants is not a formality, that is why we tried to search for men and women of integrity who cannot be compromised. We do not want to field opportunists who are simply seeking a political vehicle for some selfish purposes. What has happened in recent part is enough for us to begin to look at the character of those who are seeking office in the APC platform.
“People who have the intellectual capacity to articulate issues on the basis at which laws and bills are considered and those who have capacity to carry out oversight functions to ensure that Nigerians get value for money. And to constructively engage the executive without in the process forgetting that there is only one government” he said.
The APC National Chairman added that the the party has learnt a lesson from its experience with the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and therefore will avoid fronting candidates with personal interests for the 2019 elections.
“If before now we have taken for granted the powers of the National Assembly, how those powers can be used for National goals and how it can also be misused to undermine National progress, the current situation we are facing here, where two principal officers have chosen to put their personal interest over and above the national interest. Refusing to consider budget meant for physical infrastructure. Budget meant to re-order the way our budget is executed, to move money away from consumption which recurrent expenditure represents to capital projects which will benefit our people.
“And even refusing to approve money meant for the body charged with the responsibility of conducting elections in 2019. For us as a party we have chosen to learn from the positive lessons from this development so that we do not repeat those mistakes by selecting people who as far as human capacity is we can assess and predict that if elected they will remain faithful not only to our party but more importantly to the Nigerian nation.
“If we have disagreement it will not be about juicy appointment, it will be about appropriate policies, it will be about how governance is impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians. It will not be about who is getting what, politics of sharing,” he said.
Mr. Oshiomhole said: “as we speak I am proud that we have 57 senators who have refused to be induced or misled or otherwise manipulated into moving to other parties or reward for juicy positions. They have decided to remain in our party even with all the intimidation they have suffered. It will be ungodly for us as a party not to reward those who believes in the party and the government of the day led by President Muhammadu Buhari We will try as much as we can to have stability in the National Assembly.”