If we lose one person, three will join us – APC

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But the national leadership of the APC said though it was pained to lose any of its members, three people would join the party in place of one defector.

The party said the gale of defections rocking it should not also be interpreted that reconciliation had failed among its members.

The ruling party said it was also wrong to assume that reconciliation was targeted at its three governors who had been accusing the national leadership of the party of bias in the conduct of party primaries in their states.

The governors are Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Amosun (Ogun State) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State ).

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, who spoke with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Monday, said the party would take solace in the fact that it was doing the right thing by its actions which he said were aimed at deepening democracy.

He said, “Reconciliation has not failed. The reconciliation we are carrying out is not because of three governors that were supposed to be aggrieved, no. It is not because of them.

“The reconciliation committees were set up for all members irrespective of what level of primary they were involved in – whether House of Assembly, whether House of Representatives.

“So, it was for everybody no matter what the grievances are. But a section of the media felt it was just because of just three people (governors).

“If it was just because of the three people, we will not get about the 19 governors involved and other eminent personalities to be involved as well. That is not just for three people.

“At the end of the day, we know they will send in their reports and at the end of the day, many cases that were not reported will be discussed.”

Issa-Onilu said the defections would not affect the chances of the party’s presidential candidate, Buhari, in 2019.

He said the party would have preferred not to lose any of its members to any other rival political party.

But he said when defection happens, people would also find out why it happened.

He said, “The defections will not affect the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari winning the election. Like I said, we don’t want a single member to leave the party.

“But when it happens, the question we are going to ask ourselves is why did they do that?

“If at the end of the day, they left the party because the party decides to do the right thing, we can only pat ourselves in the back, that despite pressure, we stay by the rule of law, we follow democracy.

“Though we won’t be happy that they have left, we will be happy that we are doing the right thing, we are promoting democracy.

“At the end of the day, we know that when one person leaves, three people will come in because that is what many people want.

“They want an atmosphere where the rules will be upheld and each is entitled to one vote and rules are the same and people are equal. Many Nigerians will be happy with that and they will find the APC the right place to go.

“So, when we lose one person, we know it is because we have done the right thing and three people are coming in.

“So, instead of affecting our chances, majority of Nigerians will join us. We don’t have any reason to panic.”

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