Worried by the recent defection of some member of the party, top ranking All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts in Edo State weekend, said it would constitute a high-powered committee saddled with the responsibility of bringing back to the party, defected members and also reach out to other aggrieved members.
The stakeholders during an interactive and familiarisation meeting hosted by the Secretary to Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, in Owan West local government area, urged members of the party to remain focused and committed in supporting the Adams Oshiomhole – led administration, just as they urged members to remain in the party because, “APC is the platform for justice, fairness and equity”.
Those present at the meeting included the local government party leader, Chief Shagari Oni, the local government party chairman, Mr. S. P. Imolode, six councillors led by the Majority leader of the Legislative Arm, Prince Osomaye Monday, 10 ward chairmen, women leaders from eight wards, all wards youth leaders amongst others.
“The governor recognises your aspiration and yearning. You can be certain that we will resolve all the issues amicably to favour everybody. We must work together and we must tell ourselves the truth because when there are too many lies in a party, there can’t be progress and development.”
While welcoming party members to the meeting, the party chairman, Imolode said, “I recognise that some of our brothers left the party but we would not leave them to go astray. We shall set up a committee to go after them like the parable of the shepherd and 100 sheep. We shall go after our lost sheep because politics is a game of number and we will also reconcile with aggrieved members.”
Responding, the host, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, who appreciated the progressive statements from various speakers said, “There is no retreat, no surrender in this game. I joined a few others to fight for the democracy we are all enjoying today in this country and as at that time, I couldn’t enter Nigeria to see my mother and my family. Go and ask Governor Kayode Fayemi, Prof. Wole Soyinka among others.
“I am a Professor of Political Science and Strategic Studies. I have worked and earned it. We cannot be confused because we are too prepared. We are not leaving APC. We will all remain in the party, instead of leaving for the PDP, I will retire from politics and go home.
“We are standing on the platform of justice, fairness and equity in APC. I want to urge all of you to be confident and I will never let you down. APC is a strong party in Owan West and will grow stronger. For those who care to listen, we are brothers. I have no personal quarrel with anyone but nobody can get away with political rascality.
“When PDP comes to you, tell them to go away because whatever happens in APC, we will still win any election any day. We have been able to attract the Federal College of Vocational Studies to Uzebba and it is now under construction and that will create over 1000 local jobs.
“I will build a large shopping mall around the school and allocate them free per ward so that you can make money when the school is in operation,” Ihonvbere promised.