National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says the ruling party will not field people he described as opportunists who seek to use the party’s platform to pursue their ”selfish interests.”
Oshiomhole said the party had learned from its mistakes and was prepared to make amends by ensuring that “bread and butter politicians” were not given the party’s tickets to contest the forthcoming elections.
He said this on Monday while addressing members of the APC Governorship and National Assembly screening committees in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Although the APC National Chairman didn’t mention the names of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who dumped the party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, events he mentioned relate to the actions taken by them.
Oshiomhole said, “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,” he said.