By Lucky Isibor,
National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has vowed that he’ll continue to tow the part of peace in the crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He also debunked reports that he was placed under house arrest and wondered why some APC members in the state want to make him the ‘he-goat’ of Edo politics.
Oshiomhole spoke Friday, 13 December while addressing journalists at his Benin GRA residence, where Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a new APC convert from the PDP, was presented to him by Hillard Etta, the national vice chairman (south-south) of the party.
A rally to receive Ize-Iyamu into the APC fold had held earlier at his residence, a venue different from the one Police disapproved.
He said he was not surprised he was the butt of attacks by some within the party, because, like the proverbial he-goat, he will always be at the receiving end of the party’s crisis in the state.
“I saw that they wrote a story from the Government House that I’m under house arrest. You can see, either way, they want to make me look like the proverbial he-goat.
“In the traditional Nigerian society, when the family child is sick, and you go and consult the traditional native doctor, he will ask them to sacrifice a he-goat, so that witches and wizards will not kill the child.
“On the other hand, when a baby is born or they are celebrating birthday or something good is happening to the family, they get a he-goat, they slaughter and celebrate. So, either way, the he-goat is in trouble.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC, with Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers, and to them, we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses we have,” Oshiomhole said.
Oshiomhole who was absent at the rally said he stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party.
“Our party doesn’t believe in rigging, certainly not in this state. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is not threat, the name of the game is persuasion. That day, everybody is equal,” he said.
While appealing to APC faithful to continue to work to sustain peace in the party, Oshiomhole said: “There will be peace. Today we have tested that, but I wasn’t there, which shows that this peace is not in the hands of one man. Once the party below is united, that is what matters and that is what we have displayed today, where people from all parts of the state came with one objective, to welcome people into the party.
“You have tension when you find out that the local party members are fighting each other, because, party membership, you can remain there as long as you obey the rules of the party.
“There is no limit for being a member of APC, but there is limit for being chairman, there is limit for being governor and there is limit to the tenure of being president, but there is no limit for being a member.
“So, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace. That is why I opted not to go there today,” he said.
The APC national chairman deplored the role played by the Police in the efforts to scuttle the rally describing it as a shame.
“The shame however is that those who have responsibility to provide security decided to create security challenges. I am embarrassed as national chairman of the APC that the Inspector-General of Police will write me a letter informing me on the strength of my application in which I informed him of our intention to do a rally in Benin to receive people into the party, and he conveyed to me in a letter that he had directed the police in Edo to provide full security so that the exercise can go smoothly.
“What I am not able to understand is how the same Police, the same Inspector-General could be alleged to send to Philip Shaibu as Deputy Governor, that the rally will not hold.”