- The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party would not miss defectors from the party
- Oshiomhole described politicians who defected as migrant' and rolling 'stone politicians'
- According to him, he will not lose his sleep over migrant politicians who are not able to identify their political address
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described party members who defected to other parties as 'migrant' and 'rolling stone' politicians, saying that the party would not miss them.
Punch reports that Oshiomhole stated this in his opening remarks at the national executive council meeting of the party holding at its national secretariat in Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathers that Oshiomhole said when he took over as national chairman, he initiated peace moves to assuage the feelings of those who had genuine grievances that he felt the party could address.
He said: “But those who were determined to leave, not on account of what anybody has done wrong against them, but on account of an ambition they believe they cannot realise on our platform, even though they were not denied the opportunity to try out that ambition, but perhaps because they could read like an oracle what the future would be, particularly as people have contested before when we didn’t have any incumbent.
“Those who had dollars gave; those who had nails gave and Mr President said I don’t have, but even if I have, I won’t give, but will offer honest leadership. At the end, the President won, but the victory did not purge those with that ambition and they were determined that they must contest and they were free to do that.
“I had thought that by the provisions in our party constitution, they had the right to contest and that right was not going to be denied them. But reflecting on what has happened in the past and reading the minds of party members and leaders, they came to the conclusion that the only way they can realise their ambition was to relocate and they relocated.”
He further said: “For distant observers, they think that this is a huge blow to our party. I made a comment which seems to have been misunderstood in some quarters, when I said that if some individuals of no particular fixed political address decide to leave, I will not lose my sleep.
“I speak of no particular fixed address because if you have a history of moving every season from one political party to the other with one constant thing in mind — to contest — now, what is your political address? So, for people like that who are migrant politicians, rolling stone politicians, I am not able to identify their political address and therefore, I refuse to miss my sleep.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, July 23, said no irritation experienced by members of nPDP in the party justifies their decision to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Oshiomhole, who spoke in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he was not losing sleep over the defection of R-APC members.
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