By Godson Ikiebey-
In an interview with Punch, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia south, has said that Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is de-marketing his party.
According to him, Oshiomhole is not in the position to dictate on how senators will choose their leader because he is not a member of the national assembly.
Senator Abaribe who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the former governor of Edo state is making life difficult for whoever he is promoting.
You will recall that the APC have endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan, the senate majority leader, as senate president for the 9th senate.
The senator stated that Oshiomhole’s statements is “making the PDP members to think twice about whoever the APC is bringing up”. He said:
“I had cause at one time to advise Oshiomhole not to be so garrulous in his statements and I think he hasn’t learnt any lessons. You don’t choose for us or determine for us who becomes what in the senate.
“I think because he has never been a member of the parliament, he just doesn’t want to take advice from those who have been in the national assembly.
“Even the senate president cannot sit down and say ‘I give you this ABCD’. It never happens. There is always a committee that is called the selection committee
“Oshiomhole is de-marketing his party and actually making the PDP members to think twice about whoever the APC is bringing up. This decision, as I said, will be done on the floor of the senate.
“Like senator Ali Ndume has earlier said, it is not constitutional for somebody to wake up and begin to talk to you from outside that he wants to determine what happens in an exclusive club where the person is not a member”.
Asked if PDP will sponsor a candidate, Senator Abaribe said: “Well, I can say that all of us are consulting. It is not the APC only that is consulting; we are also consulting”.