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
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.