By David Olalekan.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has maintained he has no plans of toning down his aggressive style of leadership, despite widespread criticism of his combative methods.
Oshiomhole made the disclosure while speaking at a reception organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, for the Director General of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, Guy Ryder, in Abuja.
The former NLC leader stated that diplomacy would not effectively tackle the rot in the Nigerian system as much as aggressive engagements would.
He also revealed that instead of changing his methods, he was more convinced about the need for combat, stressing that aggressive engagement was the only potent solution in the quest of delivering dividends of democracy to the poor.
“Whatever I am doing today, my style and choice of what I do and what I abstain from doing, I owe to Labour.
“If you read Nigerian media, there is this saying that as national chairman of a governing party, I am not supposed to be combative, and I said that I am even more convinced now about the need for combat.
“If this country is going to change and deliver to the poor, deliver decent jobs, we need not diplomacy but aggressive engagement to force those who are benefiting from the status quo to change and in such a way that will make the country to work for people who live on their wages.
“Some people said to me that I am too combative, and I said to them that I was not coming to copy their method but coming to impose my method; to change the system and not for the system to change me.
“I refuse to be changed by the system. My hope is that with more comrades coming in, we will work together to change the system for a better future”, Oshiomhole said.