We will deal with defiant party members during NASS  officers’ election – Oshiomhole

We will deal with

defiant party

members during

NASS  officers’


– Oshiomhole

National  chairman  of the All Progressives Congress,  Adams Oshiomhole has given an indication that all  members of the party in the National Assembly who went against the party’s directives on.the election of the  Senate president and Speaker of the  House of Representatives elections must stand before the party to defend their actions.

Speaking shortly after voting had ended in the National Assembly, Oshiomhole  said: “We have rules. We expect people to obey the rule and the rules of democracy are clear. When we have taken a position as a party, we expect party members to comply.

“We will look at the constitution and we will see what it says about people who resort to deviant behavior.

“I am convinced that no system; particularly a voluntary system can be held together if the rule of discipline is not enforced. A system must have the capacity to use the carrot and stick and balance the mix.

“If there is no stick, as they say ‘you spare the rod, you spoil the child.’ I am a believer in discipline. Even when I was in NLC there was discipline. When we say we are going on strike, you don’t go and breach the picket line.

“The elite must understand that if we use the party platform to climb to a position, when there is a debate, not an imposition; we have all discussed, the governors have agreed, leaders of the party have agreed across board; you can’t say you know more than everyone else. Unless you want to do independent candidate then you go and amend the constitution.

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“But don’t ask me is my child doesn’t behave well in school, just wait first whether there is any child who will not behave well.

“Today is a day to celebrate God’s blessings. If God has stood by us and gave us victory, what are my bitter about, but of course, bad behavior will not be rewarded.”

Speaking on the spate of criticisms by very senior party members against his style of leadership and what he hopes to do about it, Oshiomhole said,  “I will not change overnight because of criticisms.

“Particularly, when you go back to the recent sponsored attacks on my person. I am not going to borrow another person’s style. I am not a pretender.

“I don’t seat on the fence. I have strong conviction and I am driven by my conviction, not by the voices in the market and what has happened today shows that those visions are well-pursued consciously with good heart, God bless the outcome.”

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