- The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, says his gesture to the aggrieved party members is all about restoring peace and getting justice for those who deserve it
- He says the reconciliatory move is to prevent members from making a blunder by dumping the party
- President Buhari reportedly holds talks with APC senators in Aso Rock
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has said the ruling party is not jittery about members of the R-APC joining the Peoples Democratic Party.
He also said his wooing them to stay with the APC was not an act of cowardice, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Oshiomhole spoke at the launch of a book by Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim. on Monday, July 23. He said his gesture to the aggrieved members was all about restoring peace and getting justice for those who deserved it.
“Throughout the weekend and up till today (Monday), 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," the APC chairman said.
“In some of the reports, the insinuations even went as far as saying that I made juicy offers to the aggrieved party members in stopping them from defecting. 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 injustices they felt the party or some chieftains of the party had done to them. I have not been having sleepless nights as being reported, and also I am not in any way 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. To those who the rapprochement moves are being directed to, we want them to appreciate that we are more or less trying to prevent them from making a blunder of dumping palm wine for kain kain (local gin)"
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly met with some senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential villa on Monday, night, July 23, to dissuade them from defection from the ruling party.
The Tribune reports that the senators led by Rabiu Kwankwaso were seen at the presidential villa, Abuja, along with the Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru.
Kwankwaso from Kano is having a running battle with the governor from his state and is believed to be on the verge of defecting from the ruling party.
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