2023: Oshiomhole makes a u-turn, screened to contest Senatorial election

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A former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has been screened for the ticket to contest the Senatorial election.

Oshiomhole is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The development is a u-turn from his presidential declaration on May 4 2022.

Oshiomhole was in Abuja on Saturday, May 14, for the screening.

Initially, Oshiomhole’s interest started with running for the Senate. He made his ambition known on his 70th birthday in Edo State.

“As I have spoken for Nigeria as the president of the NLC before — as a non-state actor — I believe that as a senator and with your support, your interest cannot be ignored in the red chamber in Abuja.

“With you supporting the project [for me] to be the senator, I will be the senator representing Edo North,” Oshiomhole had said.

But his interest changed on May 4 when he publicly declared his intention as a viable candidate for the office of the president.

“I have come here this afternoon for one purpose to formally declare that I, Adams Oshiomhole, hereby declare with confidence my desire to contest for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of a party that we co-founded — All Progressives Congress (APC),” he had said.

Thisday reports that Oshoimhole’s name was not among the APC presidential aspirants who have submitted their forms.

It is not clear if the former governor bought the N100m presidential form; however, he might have given up on his presidential dream with his sudden screening for the Senatorial election.

But when he addressed his supporters and well-wishers at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture in Abuja on the 4,

“I am not here to lament all the imperfections, I have come to have a conversation as to what I believe we need to do differently to reposition Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development,” he said.

Oshiomhole added: “Sometimes we spend so much time dealing with the consequences of what is wrong rather than tracing the root cause of those consequences.

“While we currently talk about insecurity, unemployment, poverty, and access to electricity supply, solutions to address such issues should be the focus.

“What to do differently is to ensure that we stop lamenting and start engaging and organising to restore hope should be discussed.”

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