By David Odama
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole yesterday begged the aggrieved members not to leave the ruling party in the general interest of the country.
He said the last minute rapprochement he is making with aggrieved members of the party to jump ship, was not an act of cowardice.
Oshiomhole who made the declaration during a book launch organised by Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC Yobe East) said the last minute rapprochement was 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.
“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 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 endeavor 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.
He stated further that the said moves were also very necessary since stability of the Nation cannot be completely divested from stability of political parties upon which those running the affairs of the state got to power, especially that of the ruling party.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, commended Senator Abba Ibrahim for chronicling his experience in politics since 1991 till date in the book titled: “Poorlitics”.
According to Saraki, Ibrahim’s brand of politics which centres around the people at all times, upon which he got the mandate of Yobe people to govern them three times and even representing them in the senate for the third time now, is similar to the political legacy cum structure left behind by his father , the late Senator Olusola Saraki.
“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”, he said.
The book launch was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha , who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor of Borno State , Kashim Shettima, many Senators and members of the House of Representatives.