The All Progressives Congress party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole has
made public reasons why he is running around frantically to stop
aggrieved members of the party from leaving.
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade
Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday explained why it became necessary to
embark on last ditch push to persuade aggrieved party members not to
dump the party, a report by The Nation has revealed.
Oshiomhole reveaed that his effort to pacify aggrieved members of the
party plotting to leave the party should not be taken as an act of
cowardice on the part of APC leadership.
The APC National Chairman spoke at a book presentation in honour of
Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim in Abuja.
He emphasized that the last minute rapprochement was all about
working for peace and engendering justice and fairness for those who
He added that the political move to mend fences should not be taken
that the party is jittery in anyway.
The party chairman said that far from having sleepless nights as being
insinuated in some quarters, he is only working to ensure peace in the
party since peace cannot be decreed.
Oshiomhole said, “Throughout the weekend and up till today, many of
the national dailies reported different stories with the impression that I
have not been sleeping within the last one week as a result of alleged
midnight meetings with aggrieved party members who they say I have
been begging not to leave the party.
“In some of the reports, insinuations even went as far as saying that I
made juicy offers to the aggrieved party members to stop them from
“While I will not be too direct in reacting to such reports here, I will only say though I have been meeting aggrieved party members over
whatever injustice they felt the party or some chieftains of the party
had done to them, but I have not been having sleepless nights as being
reported and also not in anyway jittery.
“Rapprochement move as far as I am concerned , is not an act of cowardice but a desirous endeavour in making peace since you can’t decree peace but only work for it .
” So, in a nutshell, I am not ashamed of doing that as Chairman of a
great party and to those rapprochement moves are being directed to, we want them to appreciate that we are more or less trying to prevent
them from making blunder of dumping palm wine for kain kain”, he said.
Oshiomhole further noted that the rapprochement maneuvers were
necessary especially when stability of the country cannot be completely
divested from stability of political parties.
Those running the affairs of the country, he said, got to power through
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who chaired the occasion,
commended Ibrahim for chronicling his experience in politics since 1991
in the book titled “Poorlitics” .
Saraki noted that Senator Ibrahim’s brand of politics centred on the
people at all times.
He said that it is the same brand of politics that Ibrahim adopted to
secure the mandate of Yobe people to govern them three times and
even representing them in the senate for the third time.
He said that it is similar brand of politics that propelled the political
legacy and structure left behind by his father, the late Senator Olusola
He said, “Senator Ibrahim’s brand of politics as vividly captured in this
book titled, “Poorlitics”, is not different from the model of politics my late father, Senator Abubakar Olusola Saraki bequeathed to us in Kwara State.
“It is an all-time form of politics anchored on engaging the people at all times in knowing their problems and aspirations and assisting them in
confronting their challenges in and out of election years unlike others
who are fond of embarking on three and half years of sabbatical leave
after elections only to rush back six months to new elections and yet
expecting to get positive results.”
The book presentation was also attended by Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who represented
President Muhammadu Buhari, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, Senators and members of the House of Representatives.
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