The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, yesterday gave reasons the Federal Government was solidly behind Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the next national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
He said Oshiomhole was the man the party needed to lead it to victory in the 2019 general elections.
Oshiomhole is unopposed in the bid to take over from Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as chairman of the ruling party
However, Mustapha pointed out that Oshiomhole became the chosen one due to his track record.
He further explained that the nature of the electioneering for 2019 will be slightly different from that of 2015 as APC will be showing its scorecards to the electorate as against making promises that was the case in 2015.
He told journalists yesterday in Abuja: “With skills and experience as a former labour leader and former governor of a tough state, Oshiomhole was well-positioned to provide the leadership that APC requires at the moment. I believe he has got all it takes to lead our party in the future.
“So, I have come to encourage him because I believe we need somebody like him at the moment to give the purposeful leadership that we require,” Mustapha said.
“I believe Comrade (Oshiomhole) has got the tenacity, the intellectual ability and the organisational skills having been a labour leader and served as a governor for eight years in a very difficult state like Edo. He will be able to take us and usher us to a brighter 2019,” the SGF added.
“We are a democratic party. Nobody is going to be gagged. Nobody is going to be stopped from contesting any office. But you know as part of the election processes, there are negotiations and there are agreements and there are consensus building mechanisms that have been put in place.
“The beauty about the APC is that we came from different legacy parties but we deployed all the available skills and resources that we had to craft our constitution to also craft the manifesto and even the election manifesto.
“Comrade (Oshiomhole) was a very fundamental part of it. So he understands the working of the party because he participated in the crafting of these instruments that we are using. The truth about it is that in every party and in every system, the supremacy of the party is always non-negotiable because that is the platform that produces everybody.”