Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives, has reiterated his appeal to aggrieved members of the party to be patient with his leadership, in an apparent response to the emergence on Wednesday of the Reformed APC.
“My appeal to all those who are aggrieved is to be patient,” Oshiomhole said.
However, former Senate Leader and the Senator representing Southern Borno Senatorial District, Alhaji Ali Ndume, dismissed the new group, saying only God and time could determine the direction of the APC in 2019.
Oshiomhole spoke to newsmen after receiving the report of the party’s just concluded National Convention from the Appeal Panel Committee on Wednesday in Abuja.
Alhaji Buba Galadima, who is the National Chairman of the R-APC, announced its formation at a news conference at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja on Wednesday.
Oshiomhole said: “The assurance is that under my leadership, we will make honest mistakes and once our attention is drawn, we will find courage to make up for our mistake.
“Some people say how can people eat their words?
“For me, I will eat my words if it is nutritious enough and if that is what I have to do to have peace in the family.”
Oshiomhole expressed appreciation to members of the party for his election and for entrusting with him the responsibility to pilot the party’s affairs at this time.
He acknowledged that he knew of the party’s challenges before accepting the task, saying it was a huge opportunity for him and other newly elected executives of the party to make a difference.
This, Oshiomhole said, was not only for the party, but for the country generally.
“So, I appeal to people to realise that a blind man can redeem his eyes if he applies the correct medication, but you can’t force it to open overnight,” he said.
He added that forcing the eyes to open overnight would create more problems and damage the eye the more.
The APC national chairman maintained that he would do everything possible to sustain confidence and trust, adding that everybody was important in the party.
He also said everybody in the party matters, adding that he would run an inclusive party.
“I pray for wisdom and courage and I believe that we have it and we will deploy it for peace within the APC family,” Oshiomhole said.
Ndume, in a separate interview, dismissed the new group.
He said the threat by the R-APC and New Peoples Democratic Party to leave the APC would never spell doom for it, but only God and time would tell.
The senator, who admitted that politics is all about interest, said there was, however, nothing wrong if an aggrieved group voices out its displeasure.
He added that movement from one political party to another is normal in politics.
He said: “What is happening is part of politics, especially now in our political days, all of us are Nigerians and we know what is happening.
“So, politics is about interest and if somebody feels that his or her interest will be more protected by voicing out his dissent, it is okay.
“This party is a party of time, decided by Nigerian masses and it is only God that can decide the time of a political party.
“God and Nigerians know that APC government is the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary, was more laconic in his reaction.
Abdullahi said the party leadership would get the full details of what happened.