The chairman of the All Progressives congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described those leaving the party as mercenaries who joined the party because of what they could gain and failed to do so.
The chairman made this statement at the inauguration of its elected National Executives of the 39-member Non-National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday at the party’s national secretariat.
Reiterating that he was ready to listen and address genuine grievances, he however, said for these mercenaries, the doors and windows of the party are wide open.
“For the mercenaries, who mistakenly joined the party because of what they can gain personally, not for the good of the country, not for the good of the party. They came in purely for greener pastures and they have found that they have had to work hard to plant the grass, to wet it, nourish it for it to become green and they cannot wait.
“They want to run, not because we have wronged them but because we just cannot satisfy a mercenary. For those ones, we will not only open the door, we are ready to open even the windows.
“But I am ready to go to any length to persuade and appeal to genuine people who are aggrieved, but like I have said, I am not intimidated; I am not frightened, I am not impaired and I want to urge everyone of you individually and collectively that we cannot be intimidated.”
Speaking on the coalition formed by 38 parties, he said the event was a collection of old coaches searching frantically for new ideas. He said the coalition only proves each of those parties cannot stand alone to face the APC and he believes they would fail, even as a team. He said the message they have simply passed is “we want to capture power even though we are different, but for the purpose of capturing power, we will unite’, and I do not think Nigerians need any further explanation that enough of this opportunistic politicking”.
“The more they search, the more they get old players, not even the best of them, but the worst of old players and I do not think Nigerians can be fooled by a coalition of that. If you harness the energy of one million snails and transform it into one snail to run, it cannot catch up with an antelope.
“It was a clear admission that as things stand today, neither the one we defeated before, the PDP, nor the new one that claim they have formed a new party but populated by the same old tired legs, or the mushroom parties that were formed for the purpose of getting handouts from INEC but that they agreed that none of them has what it takes,” he said.
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