As the #EdoDecides2020 elections campaigns kick into full, the Pastor Ize-Iyamu-Iyamu led APC gets a major boost from a former candidate of the party in the state , Mr Peter Esele.
Peter Esele, who was the former Trade Union Congress of Nigeria Chairman and former president of PENGASSAN has spoken up on the decisions he has taken for and in the interest of the people of Edo State in the forthcoming elections slated for September 19, 2020.
In a Facebook post on his personal page, Mr Esele said ;
Edo State politics has been in a state of heightened animation and I have been reflecting on some particular emerging trends. I feel the need to share some of my musings, considering I have been very vociferous about disputes in my party – the All Progressive Congress (APC).
I have made my views known about how the party was been run , this led to a disagreement with the former National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
My misgivings about power relations and party administrative processes have caused me disagreements in the past. Still, I insist that my comments are not based on a personal bias but on my integrity. It is based on the principle that “an injury to one is an injury to all,” the central ethic of the Labour movement, which I believe encompasses all ethnic and religious divides.
Recently the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki crossed the floor of APC into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing irreconcilable differences.
I respect his decision and those who joined him in the process. There is nothing groundbreaking about this move nor is it peculiar to him so, I sincerely wish him well.
However, as for me and my house, I will not be leaving the APC.
I have openly supported Mr. Obaseki on the grounds that the crises he was engaged in, affected the party as a whole. My stand is for the collective and not the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.
Being a card carrying member of the APC is not a walk in the park. Many of the partys challenges are self-inflicted. To deny this is folly so I won’t even try. But we must never forget the importance of institutions in nation building.
Democracy is an aspiration not a ready-made entity and the APC is part of that aspiration towards a desirable state of national affairs. The journey is rugged and individual personalities can only take us a fair distance. It is the institutions we build that insures and ensures the desired future.
In the campaign for a better Edo State, our democratic processes must continually make room for ideas to be contested but without violence to the betterment of all.
September 19th is almost here. It is up to us to make it count collectively.
Onwards for Edo is my concern and that is what matters most!’
Speaking further to our reporter, Mr Esele further shed light on his rasons for pitching his tent with the Pastor Ize-Iyamu-Iyamu campaign.
He said , “ Obaseki is a man I respect and still respect but he has clearly shown that he is a man who is willing to destroy institutions in a bid to satisfy his personal ambitions I believe that the PDP is still an institution and just as they have accepted Obaseki into their fold , as should be in politics, I fear that he will yet again go there and do same damage he has done to the APC in Edo State. While I wish him luck in his endeavours, I plead that the usual politics of violence and rancour be eshewed and allow for proper democratic processes to take place during the polls. As for me and my family and my wards and area, we will stand by the APC family and ensure that our candidate wins landslide in our areas.”
Peter Esele is was born on July 24, 1972, in Edo state Nigeria. He is a unionist. Esele was the president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for two terms from March 2007- June 2013. He also served as President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) from April 2006- 2008.Acting President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) from Dec 2005 to Apr 2006, as PENGASSAN Deputy President from April 2005 to December 2005. Peter Esele has served as board member of several Federal Government agencies and parastatals, and one of the 2016 Edo gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) who had hoped to succeed Adams Oshiomhole, the incumbent governor of the state.
He had a key role in the following sectors of government and private business: Member of the Subsidy Re-investment Program Committee (SURE-P), Member of the Constitutional Review Committee, Chairman Profund Properties Nig. Ltd, Member of the Post Presidential Election Violence Committee, Director at Trustfund Pensions Plc, Member of nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Member of National Stakeholder Working Group (NSWG) and Board Member, Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
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