The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole believes Nigeria was on the verge of becoming a one-party country under the rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Oshiomole made the claim in an interview on a ChannelsTV programme, saying the country effectively became a one-party state until the APC intervened.
“PDP almost succeeded in turning Nigeria to a one-party state,” he alleged when he featured as a guest on the special political programme which aired on Monday.
“If you wanted to be politically involved and active, and you wanted to seek election regardless of your individual views and conviction, the only business in town was to join PDP.”
Stressing that “Nigeria effectively became a one-party state,” Oshiomole said the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) under his leadership was seen as the unofficial opposition and became the only credible voice that could question the decisions of the then government.
Similarly, he touched on the series of defections of political figures to and from the APC, as well as his repeated call on Dr Bukola Saraki to resign as the Senate President.
“I remain convinced that Saraki must vacate the position of Senate President as a matter of honour,” the APC chairman said.
“If he does not choose the path of honour, he will be democratically removed as the President of the Senate. I am emphasising logic and political morality, plus law.”
Oshiomhole insisted that the lawmaker emerged as the Senate President on the platform of the party and as such, the APC would not allow him to “impose minority rule” in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.