Top stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State have been urged to respect party supremacy by overcoming individual interest under the larger party interest.
The advice was given by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, lawmaker representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Rev. Francis Waive and Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Delta APC, and Prophet Jones Erue
According to them, allowing party interest to override self-interest will produce a strong, vibrant and enduring party.
Speaking, Senator Omo-Agege said the meeting this was to ensure collective ownership of the party structure,
“The reason we are doing this is that we want everybody to own the exco. It is a collective work not the work of one person. In every unit, we are represented since an exco member is coming from that unit.
“What we are doing now, calls for sacrifice, forbearance. You cannot leave your ward and go to another ward, everybody must remain in his ward for this exercise (APC ward congress).
“We don’t want you to bring people into the exco because they are your wives, sisters, friends, brothers or girlfriends, hoping that you can use them to trade for money from aspirants. I want us to look for people who can do this job for us.
“Everyone has ambition and they think they can use the opportunity of this Congress to secure that advantage but I have news for you: we are going to be doing direct primaries not indirect or delegate primaries. So the ward chairman is just as important as any other member of the party. But we need these people as managers of the party for the purpose of mobilisation in the general election,” he said.
Speaking, Rt. Hon. Waive lauded the Deputy President of the Senate for the good role he played in convincing the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi to defect to the party.
His words: “I want us to put our eyes on the goal. If our eyes are on the goal, nothing sideways will distract us. I urge all party members who have the ambition to contest to subsume every ambition under this so that we can get a broad-based exco.
“Remember that the aim of this is to work at the general election, not to trade at primaries because our primaries will be direct, meaning every APC member who is in the register will vote at the primary taking place at the ward level nationwide. So we want to appeal that we should make that goal our end goal”.