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Opinion: Adams Oshiomhole’s 69th Birthday; Here’s Why He Should Contest For President in 2023

The name Comrade Adams Oshiomhole mni con, is no doubt a long standing house hold name in the top echelon of Nigerian political hierarchy, since after rising to fame as the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (N.L.C).

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has overtime been known, for his intellect, verbal prowess and advocating for the down trodden in the Nigerian state, which he has always shown effortlessly, in every capacity he has been entrusted with service over the years.Adams

While he was governor of Edo, a part of his life, which constituted a great deal of his political journey in the waters of Nigerian politics, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, marked out his administration to be one that stood remarkably, for impact on the lives of the everyday Edo people.

During his eight (8) years of reign in the office of the Executive Governor Of Edo, which spanned between (2008-2016), Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, was given the name tag The Peoples' Comrade and for one of the first times in the Nigerian history, the phrase "The Peoples Governor" was genuinely deserving owing to the priorities Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, brought onboard the deck of leadership in Edo state. 

Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, also shared the vision for Edo, to transform the once labelled Ancient City, owing to its "worn out" looks, it carried, no thanks to the decays and rots caused by bad governance before the advent of the Comr. Oshiomhole administration, which undertook several rigorous reforms to uplift the face of Benin city, into a modern day city. 

It is without mincing words, that Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, was known to have impacted Edo state, infrastructurally, which contributed a great deal to open the road map of development in Edo state, where for one of the first time, the people were made to witness that Edo state, could be functional with dividens of democracy brought to the door steps of the populace. 

After service as governor, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, came in very highly recommended to saddle the leadership of the Nigeria's ruling party, National Working Committee (N.W.C), where he emerged National Chairman of the Nigeria's ruling All Progressive Congress (A.P.C), from a Congress which was held by the party in 2018.

Shortly after Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, took over the saddle of leadership of the A.P.C, as chairman, he was tasked with an election, to deliver an incumbent president, coupled with a series of internal rancour that rocked the party, as at then, which many thought, would weigh Oshiomhole down in his new found job, which could likely make him unsuccessful in delivering the party to victory in the 2019 general elections.

But against all odds, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole was able to rejig the All Progressive Congress (A.P.C), with his strong set of leadership acumen, which saw to the party emerging strongly from the general elections of 2019, breaking the imaginative scale of many onlookers who thought, the job of the A.P.C National Chairmanship, was one that was set to consume the winning reputation of the leadership expert and the Peoples managers guru. 

It is against this backdrop and the pride which Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, has brought to the Edo Nation, that has endeared many well wishers, across globe, to on this day, pour out their appreciations, solidarity and best wishes to a man of the people, as he observes another mark of time in his earthly sojourn. 

Despite his poor outing in the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo state and his alleged ‘Godfather’ role, all eyes has been on the ex Governor on how he will like to further his political career.

A viable option for Mr Oshiomhole is to join the rank of former governors who aspire to become senators. The ex-labour leader is still very influential in his Edo North senatorial district as reflected in the governorship election result. However, he would have to wait till 2023 for such opportunity unless the incumbent senator drops out.

But in my opinion, I think Comrade Oshiomhole should contest to be the flag-bearer of the APC for the 2023 presidential elections.

However, although he is eligible to do so, His chances of winning in such election is very slim. The forces within the APC that forced him out of the office are still in the party and his loss in Edo has, arguably, diminished his electoral value.

But Adams Oshiomhole, has always been greatly admired by those watching from near and far, and its earnest expectations for the millions of Nigerians, who admire his leadership skill, style and understanding, that the name Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, continue to stand tall as a beacon of hope and refrence point for leadership in Nigeria and beyond. This is why i believe he will make a good president.

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