Following the destruction of the venue for a rally scheduled to be held by the All Progressive Congress (APC), the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday, boasted that the opposition cannot stop them.
Oshiomhole spoke at a rally where he received some defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was reported that suspected thugs had on Friday night, burnt two cars, canopies, and chairs at the rally venue at night.
He said, “As directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC will be a different party. When I was told that they burnt this place last night, I said they should be prepared to put more fire in other places because they can’t stop us.”
However, he urged supporters of the party not to be swayed and allow themselves to be provoked to fight.
"Those who think they have power to fight should channel such energy against the opposition parties. What is happening here should reinforce our confidence in God. When God decrees peace, nothing can stop it, when God say it, no man born of woman can stop it," he said.
The former governor turned APC leader said, “I don’t want to be a National Chairman who will campaign across the country and will not be able to win his polling unit because politics is local."
He noted that "There are people who think that when they reach a high level, they forget the local. I was governor before now I am no longer governor, I am national chairman today, tomorrow I will no longer be national chairman."
He, therefore, urged all unit leaders, ward leaders, local government leaders and state leaders to integrate all those who have just joined the APC.
The leader of the defectors, former Edo North senatorial candidate for the PDP, Engineer Abubakar Momoh, assured that more persons would soon join the party.
Meanwhile, those present at the rally were Chief Blessing Agbomhere, Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Peter Akpatason; former Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Hon Pally Iriase; former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Abdul Oroh.
Others were former Deputy Governor Dr Pius Odubu, Hon Lucky Imasuen, Major General Chris Ogienmwonyi, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, and several others.