Former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has officially declared for 2023 presidency.
Adams stated his intention while addressing a group of supporters and well-wishers at the Cyprian Ekwensi Center for Arts and Culture, Abuja on Wednesday.
“I did not come to complain about all my imperfections. I came to discuss what I believe we need to do differently to put Nigeria back on track for sustainable growth and development, ”he explained.
Mr Oshiomhole pledged to work hard to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) strikes in addition to reorganizing the country for growth and sustainable development.
He criticized ASUU’s long-running strike, describing it as “troubling” for students and their parents.
“I want to declare that I will do everything possible to engage not just ASUU, but all education stakeholders to ensure that the academic calendar is maintained. I stand here for one purpose, to formally declare that I, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, hereby declare with confidence my desire to contest the office of the president of Nigeria on the platform of a party that we co-founded, APC,” Mr Oshiomhole announced.
“The task before us is not for us to continue to lament the imperfections in our country. The task before us is to find the courage and stand up and be counted in our determination to reposition our country to be the giant of our continent so that it can provide prosperity for all Nigerians.”
Mr Oshiomhole added, “Sometimes we spend so much time dealing with the consequences of what is wrong, rather than tracing the root cause of those consequences. While we currently talk about insecurity, unemployment, poverty, access to electricity supply, solutions to address such issues should be the focus.”
The ex-Edo governor promised to give attention to the nation’s economy by fixing it and restoring hope to Nigerians, adding that he would ensure a new tax regime where the rich would pay more tax.
“One does not have to be a professor to know what poverty is,” Mr Oshiomhole asserted.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a law professor, is also seeking to win the APC presidential ticket, among other party chieftains in the ruling party, including Governor Kayode Fayemi, and Bola Tinubu.