APC Not Losing Sleep Over rAPC, Oshiomhole Insists
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Jonathan Nda-Isaiah
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole yesterday fired back at the reformed-APC, insisting that neither him nor the governing party is losing sleep over threats by the group to leave the party.
He was reacting to a statement signed by national publicity secretary of the rAPC, Prince Kassim Afegbua, on Sunday in which he claimed that the APC leaders are having sleepless night over the mass exodus of its members.
Afegbua said no amount of offer being put on the table to woo aggrieved members who left the APC recently back will budge the rAPC, just as he said the APC is only struggling to save itself from the imminent defeat it is to be confronted with soon.
But speaking to State House correspondents yesterday at the presidential villa, Oshiomhole described those planning to return to the PDP as men who lack honour.
He said, “No, I am not losing sleep. I am sleeping very well. I still maintain that I don’t see any man of honour who with his eyes open left PDP on the account of their gross mismanagement, abuse of the treasury and all of the crime that the PDP committed, I don’t see them whatever their irritations, returning to that house. All we need to do is to play back their own tape about what PDP represents and why they left.
“I still hold the view that you can’t vomit in the morning and convert it to lunch in the afternoon if you have honour. And that position still remains the same”.
Oshiomole, who admitted that there are party members who have genuine grievances and those who are just mercenaries, added that the job of the party is to sift the wheat from the chaff and find solutions to genuine grievances.
He stated: “I have made this point clear that we can distinguish the mercenaries from those who genuinely have complains. Our business as party leaders is to try and manage, listen and find solutions to those who have verifiable complains.
“But those who are permanent mercenaries and are in this business for personal issues, there is not much we can do about that and we are not going to change the core values of the party in order to retain them.
“So, let me reinstate that we remain committed and I have said so in my acceptance speech when I was elected that we aknowledge the fact that there are people with genuine complains. For such people we are ready to listen, we are ready to act on the basis of justice, fairness, no arrogance and incursion. I remain committed to these”.
Reiterating his earlier position that he will not deal with mercenaries, he said most of them cannot deliver their wards during election.
He continued: “On principle, I do not deal with political mercenaries; that remains my position. I will not miss my sleep because a lot of these guys cannot on a good day deliver their unit. And we have the records that tells us who won elections where.
“I am a tested fighter. I fought them from Edo from zero- zero and I overcame their most powerful godfathers. So, I know what I am talking about. I speak from experience and I will talk, negotiate and persuade but there are core principles that are not negotiable”.
The APC national chairman also noted that the last minute rapprochement he is making with aggrieved members of the party who are planning to dump the ruling party is not an act of cowardice.
Oshiomhole said the last minute reconciliation is all about working for peace towards getting justice and fairness for those who deserved it and not as a result of being jittery in anyway.
The immediate past Edo state governor stated this during a book launch organised by Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC Yobe East) yesterday.
He said, “Throughout the weekend and up till today (yesterday), 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 in stopping them from cross-carpeting.
“While I will not be too direct in reacting to such reports here, I will only say 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 any way jittery .