Oshiomhole begs Saraki, others to remain in APC

By Editor on 05/07/2018

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Adams Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomhole

National Chairman of All Progressives Alliance, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday led the National Workung Committee, NWC,  of the ruling party to a meeting with the Senate Caucus.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, together with most members of the caucus, received the APC NWC at his office where they discussed issues affecting the party.

It was however observed that a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Senator Shehu Sani, both of whom had openly expressed their grievances with the APC, were not at the meeting as of the time it entered into a closed session when journalists were sent out of the venue.

Oshiomhole, in his opening remarks, urged the lawmakers to remain in the APC, assuring them that issues bedevilling the party would be resolved.

“So, I ask you, Mr. President of the Senate and distinguished senators, to trust that working together along with our leaders who are not here, we are committed to finding solutions that everyone will be able to smile, remain in the house, work in the house,” Oshiomhole said.

Earlier at the introductory session, Senator Kabiru Marafa, who is leading a faction of the APC in Zamfara State, made reference to the non-recognition of his faction at the recently held national convention of the APC.

Oshiomhole stressed that those who were worried about party structure could record electoral victory if they had the support of the electorate and when the election was free and fair.

“Because of the dynamic nature of politics, it means that we have to put on our thinking cap and deal with issues as they arise, preferable deal with them proactively if they had already developed, and find the courage to deal with them to the best of our ability so that the issues can be resolved,” he said.

Oshiomhole also noted that the party would address the issues across the states based on their peculiarity.

“The purpose of today’s meeting is to have a heart-to-heart conversation, this time focusing more on solutions because we must have the capacity to find acceptable, sustainable solutions so that our party can continue to grow from strength to strength. This, I am committed to,” he said.

Saraki, in his remarks, expressed his confidence in the new Oshiomhole-led NWC to resolve the crises in the APC.

“You have captured it, with your emphasis on finding solutions. Your emphasis on finding solutions is commendable. The essence of leadership is finding solutions, your attitude, your approach are very promising,” he said.

APC may give nPDP senators automatic ticket

Speaking with one of our correspondents after the closed-door session, a senator at the meeting said the NWC would be offering automatic tickets to the lawmakers. This, he said, was a move to stop aggrieved members who were considering defection in the APC.

The source said, “We talked about automatic ticket to senators. They said our issues will be addressed, particularly that of Marafa who openly expressed his grievance at the meeting. They said they are going to give automatic tickets to most people who are aggrieved. It is to keep everybody (in the APC).

“The essence of the visit was to pacify people not to go out of the party. As a panacea, they are now thinking of giving automatic tickets to people. But where the problem will come is how to satisfy the interest of senators who are seeking governorship tickets of the party. I don’t know how they are going to approach that one.”

PDP senator joins APC

Meanwhile, Senator Sunday Ogbuoji (Ebonyi-South) subtly announced his defection from the PDP to the APC while introducing himself at the meeting. He described himself as “the latest catch” by the ruling party.

The lawmaker, who is the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, was however not cheered when he made the remark.

In Kwara State, the three senatorial chairmen of the APC pleaded with Saraki, to take them to another party.

The three APC senatorial chairmen are  Alhaji Jimoh Balogun (Kwara South);  Alhaji Jimoh Adesina (Kwara Central) and Alhaji Isiaka Oniwa (Kwara North).

PDP to grant Kwankwaso, others waivers

Meanwhile, the PDP is planning to grant waivers to defectors ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Investigations by The Punch  showed that members of the NWC of the PDP had agreed to grant waivers to politicians to enable them to vie for the positions in the party .

Among those being expected in the party, according to our impeccable sources,  are  Kwankwaso, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; and some prominent members of the National Assembly.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, told one of our correspondents in an interview in Abuja, that his party would grant the expected defectors automatic waivers to vie for any ticket in the party.

He said, “We will give them waivers to aspire for any office of their choice.  We will give them automatic waivers. You can join (the PDP) today and you are free to contest for the number one position.”

Our chair incorruptible, Kwankwaso  still with us – Baraje

Meanwhile, the former National Chairman of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, has said the choice of Galadima as the National Chairman of the R-APC is informed by his incorruptibility.

 Baraje spoke during the unveiling of the R-APC, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He noted that Galadima’s outstanding leadership qualities and his commitment to the Nigerian project remained unblemished all through his public life.

He said, “Sometimes last week, I made a press release on the nPDP when a lot of you were making enquiries about where we were going? What was going to be our next step, are we still talking to the government or the APC? I dropped a hint that before the end of the first week of July, where we are will be made known to Nigerians and today you have now seen where we are.

“Secondly, I was going through the papers today (Wednesday) and one of the national dallies caught my attention, it said Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso had said bye to the APC. We just finished speaking with him and he is in support of Mr. Chairman. He was astonished that such a story could fly. That is part of the antics the chairman is referring to.

“Engr. Rabiu Kwankwoso is very much with this group. We were together when the national officers’ names were being put together and we held final meetings on the address of today (Wednesday). So there is no cause for alarm.

“We believe that the dummy that has been sold to the public, particularly the innocent masses is the idea of fighting corruption, if you are looking for any incorruptible person, within the camp of the present President, he is number one.

“We knew the content of the manifesto that the APC was supposed to run and we stood for three years and came out when we waited for three years hoping for things to change and it never changed and we came out to say no.

“Before you know it, they even went deeper with the mischief today (Wednesday) with the news items in the said national paper. This is the beginning of all mischief, this is the beginning of the real, Reformed APC. This is the struggle for the emancipation of our country to stop the bloodletting, rejuvenate the economy of this country, to ensure there are three square meals on the table of the average Nigerian.

“This is what we stand for, strengthening the system and not the individual.”--Punch

Posted 05/07/2018 02:07:49 AM

 

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