National Assembly Leadership: APC to Punish Members Who Worked Against Party -Oshiomhole 

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole has said the party will punish newly inaugurated National Assembly members of his party who went against the position of the party in the just concluded National Assembly leadership contest. 
Oshiomhole who spoke on Tuesday in Abuja after the inauguration said the party will look at its rules and punish them accordingly. 
He said ,“We have rules. We expect people to obey the rule and the rules of democracy are clear. When we have taken a position as a party, we expect party members to comply.
“We will look at the constitution and we will see what does it say about people who resort to deviant behavior.
“I am convinced that no system; particularly a voluntary system can be held together if the rule of discipline is not enforced. A system must have the capacity to use the carrot and stick and balance the mix.
“If there is no stick, as they say ‘you spare the rod, you spoil the child.’ I am a believer in discipline. Even when I was in NLC there was discipline. When we say we are going on strike, you don’t go and breach the picket line.
“The elite must understand that if we use the party platform to climb to a position, when there is a debate, not an imposition; we have all discussed, the governors have agreed, leaders of the party have agreed across board; you can’t say you know more than everyone else. Unless you want to do independent candidate then you go and amend the constitution.
“But don’t ask me is my child doesn’t behave well in school, just wait first whether there is any child who will not behave well.
“Today is a day to celebrate God’s blessings. If God has stood by us and gave us victory, what are my bitter about, but of course, bad behavior will not be rewarded.”
The former Edo governor who is facing criticisms for his leadership style from senior members of the party said he is not going to change.
“Particularly, when you go back to the recent sponsored attacks on my person. I am not going to borrow another person’s style. I am not a pretender.
“I don’t seat on the fence. I have strong conviction and I am driven by my conviction, not by the voices in the market and what has happened today shows that those visions are well-pursued consciously with good heart, God bless the outcome” he added.


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