The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said he travelled to the United States attend to family issues.
Oshiomhole’s clarification was in reaction to reports that he ‘ran away’ to the United States to avoid signing candidate replacement documents following pressure from some APC states governors for their candidates to be fielded as the flag bearers.
Giving a clear picture of the scenario during an interview with Daily Trust, the former Edo State Governor revealed that the APC has procedures for replacement of candidates provided for in the Electoral Act.
His words: “We have procedures for replacement of candidates provided for in the Electoral Act, which allows a candidate, if he withdraws, to be substituted by the party.
“And few people have on their own, for various reasons, written to us that they were withdrawing. I don’t need to run away from pressure.
“I think that the minimum requirement for leadership or the quality of leadership has to be judged substantially by the extent to which one can resist pressure or act under negative circumstances.
“I believe that, in accepting this privilege to be chairman of the APC, being the party in government, there will be pressure.
“What is important is that no one should be able to pressurise one to do what is clearly wrong. Whether wrong with regards to our constitution or in relation to the provision of the Electoral Act or in good conscience.
“So, I don’t need to run away to avoid doing what is wrong. I had to visit a family member who was sick. A purely domestic issue.
“I attended to it, and I came back. It’s just that we live in a country where people like to make allegations even when they don’t make any sense at all.
“Things that sound quite pedestrian, you find people who are otherwise reasonable seemingly giving them hearing.
“I think it was just the invention of the media and those who have exhausted all the power points and choose to resort to blackmail. But It doesn’t change the truth.”