Former governorship aspirant and former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele has pledged to work for the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the September governorship election in Edo state.
Esele who disclosed this in an interview in Benin City said although he supported Governor Godwin Obaseki during his fracas with the former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, he will not be jumping ship and pitching tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like the governor did.
The former President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria said his decision to remain in the APC was borne out of collective interest, rather than fostering the interest of any individual noting that being a card-carrying member of the APC was not “a walk in the park’’, pointing out that most of the party’s challenges were self-inflicted.
According to him, “As for me and my house, we’re going nowhere. I will not be leaving the APC”.
“I have openly supported Obaseki on the ground that the crises he was engaged in affected the party as a whole. My stand is for the collective and not for the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.”
“But we must never forget the importance of institutions in nation building,’’ he stated.
“Sept. 19 is almost here. It is up to us to make it count collectively. Politics in Edo State 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 that I have been very vociferous about disputes in my party, the APC.
“I have made my views known about how the party was being run. This led to a disagreement with the former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. My misgivings about power relations and party administrative processes have caused me disagreements in the past but I still insist that my comments are not based on 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.”
However, Esele noted that irreconcilable differences, prompted Obaseki to decamp to the PDP, saying: “I respect his decision and those who joined him”.