APC More Cohesive With Defection Of Saraki, Others – Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National

Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, says the party has become stronger and more cohesive since

Bukola Saraki and others defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party


He said on Thursday in Abuja at the party’s 6th National Executive

Committee (NEC) meeting, that Saraki and others who left the APC were

migrant politicians who had no political address.

‘Our party is stronger, smarter, more cohesive and there is no better

evidence than the fact that we have won all the major elections after

they left the party.

“We have seen people who go back to their communities to decamp and we

see uncommon defectors,” the APC national chairman said.

He, however, noted that while the party leadership made efforts to

reconcile genuine aggrieved members, some of those who defected to

opposition political parties were determined to leave.

According to Oshiomhole, such persons left the party to pursue their

personal ambition which they believed they cannot realise in the APC.

“Though they were not denied the opportunity to try out that ambition,

they arrived at the conclusion that the only way they can realise

their ambitions was to relocate and they relocated.

“Of course, for a distant observer, he would think that this was a

huge blow to our party,” he noted.

Oshiomhole said those who defected from the APC had no political

address, because they kept moving from one party to another every

season for the purpose of contesting elections.

He further said that such politicians were migrant politicians whose

political addresses could not be identified, restating that he would

never lose sleep over them.

The APC national chairman stressed that the party’s change agenda

meant a move from a political order that services only the political

elite at the expense of the poor.

He added that since the change would not allow business as usual, the

conservatives had to leave on their own.

According to him, the party has done a lot to reconcile aggrieved

members and will continue doing so to ensure peace and unity in all

its chapters.

Oshiomhole attributed the party’s electoral victory in Ekiti to the

support from President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s governors.

The APC national chairman specifically thanked President Buhari for

supporting the party’s executives, adding that he was indebted to all

the party leaders and members.

“We are very proud to say that upon our assumption of office, we have

won nearly all the elections that have taken place, particularly the

ones at the states, Senatorial and House of Representatives.

“The first task before us was the election in Ekiti and under your

leadership, as they say when the righteous rules, the people rejoice.

“The party won the election in Ekiti and your own former Minister who

your excellency graciously relieved of his appointment to enable him

go back to his state to serve his people, was elected.

“Mr President, you played a huge role in the electioneering campaign

leading to that election,” Oshiomhole said.