Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, while addressing members of the APC Governorship and National Assembly screening committee in Abuja, said that the party will not field people who he described as “bread and butter politicians”.
Apparently referring to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, he noted that opportunists who seek to use the party’s platform to pursue their selfish interests will not be given tickets to contest the 2019 general elections.
Saraki dumped the ruling party weeks ago and Dogara secretly picked the PDP nomination and Expression of Interest form ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The 2 National Assembly leaders who won their elections and got elected into the leadership positions in the Senate and House, dumped the ruling party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We do not want to field opportunists who are simply seeking a political vehicle for some selfish purposes.
“What has happened in recent past is enough for us to begin to look at the character of those who are seeking office in the APC platform.
“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.”
The APC Chairman alleges that the National Assembly was purposely delaying the passage of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections.
“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.
“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.
“It will be ungodly for us as a party not to reward those who believe in the party and the government of the day led by President Muhammadu Buhari.”