National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has said that aggressive engagement to force change rather than diplomacy was the only way Nigeria would change and deliver good governance to the poor.
According to him, this was the reason he’s chosen to be combative in his manner of leadership.
The former Edo state governor said he was proud of his background as a one time Labour leader, while saying he was not ready to change his style of leadership.
Read what he said at an NLC event below.
“If this country is going to change and deliver to the poor, deliver decent jobs, we need not diplomacy, but aggressive engagement to force those who are benefiting from the status quo to change and in such a way that will make the country to work for the people who live on their wages.
“Whatever I am doing today, my style and choice of what I do and what I abstain from doing, I owe to Labour. If you study the Nigerian media, there is this saying that as national chairman of a governing party, I am not supposed to be combative. I am even more convinced now about the need for combat.
“Some people said to me that I am too combative and I said to them that I was not coming to copy their method, but coming to impose my method to change the system and not for the system to change me.
“I refuse to be changed by the system. My hope is that with more comrades coming into politics, we will work together to change the system for a better future.
“I am very proud of my background, as a factory hand, as a factory organiser, as a General Secretary of Textile Workers and as President of NLC. Some people said I have I cross over and I ask, to where? I just continue with the struggle.
“I move from conveying my grievances with placards and organising strikes with protest and pressure, to trying my hands on the drivers wheel, to try to do those things that I try to communicate with placards and then use executive pen to get them done.” Oshiomhole .
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