The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole believes Nigeria was on the verge of becoming a one-party country under the rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He made the claim in an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019 where he said “PDP almost succeeded in turning Nigeria to a one-party state. If you wanted to be politically involved and active, and you wanted to seek election regardless of your individual views and conviction, the only business in town was to join PDP.”
Oshiomhole accused one of the former PDP administrations of working to neutralise the opposition at that time. According to him, the government at that time coopted the leadership of the opposition. The APC chairman said some members of the then opposition were appointed as special advisers to the president, stressing that “Nigeria effectively became a one-party state.”
He said that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) under his leadership was seen as the unofficial opposition and became the only credible voice that could question the decisions of the then government. During the interactive session with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, Oshiomhole also spoke about his transition from a governor to the national chairman of the ruling party.