The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the leadership of the party will appropriately punish the party members who went against the wishes of the party during the NASS leadership elections.
Oshiomhole said the APC had rules which must be obeyed in line with the rules of democracy.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, June 11, after the National Assembly elections, Oshiomhole said the party’s leadership will look into the cases of members who were deviant and figure out what the constitution says about their actions.
The former Governor of Edo state 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 it says about people who resort to deviant behaviour,” Oshiomhole said.
He added that he is convinced that no system; particularly a voluntary system, can be held together if the rule of discipline is not enforced.
“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,” he added.
Further speaking, Oshiomhole said all leaders in the party came to an agreement on the National Assembly election and that it was expected that all member respect such agreement.
“The elite must understand that if we use the party platform to climb to a position, when there is a debate, not 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 if my child doesn’t behave well in school; just wait first whether there is any child who will not behave well,” he noted.