Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that dictatorship has dividends while responding to questions from newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday August 7.
The former Governor of Edo State made the claim in reaction to the backlash from APC members on the ministerial and senate committee chairmen lists.
Oshiomhole told the media to take some steps back on happy APC members and focus only on aggrieved members of the party.
“Why should we be worried? Nobody wants graveyard silence. It is not for nothing that we asked for multi-party democracy, I have said to people when they talk about dividend of democracy, I have said it is a mistake, even dictatorship has dividends.
“What differentiates democracy from dictatorship is that free people have the right to make observations and to complain even if there is no validity in those complaints, feeling that they have spoken truth to power. It doesn’t mean they are right nor are they wrong, it shows that in our party we want to entrench the culture of contesting issues that people feel they are not comfortable about. It doesn’t mean that they are right.
“On the committees of the Senate and House of Reps, this question should rather be put to the leadership of the two chambers. But if you have fewer numbers of committees relative to the number of members in the Senate and House of Reps, however you do it, guess you will always find someone complaining,” Oshiomhole said.
“Even in business, you have profit and loss, that is the balance sheet. Any balance sheet without those two headings is not complete. I will be surprised if in a democratic setting something is done and everybody is singing, something is wrong,” he added.