APC’s national deputy chairman North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu has given condition for lasting peace in the ruling party.
Senator Shuaibu who has had a running battle with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s national chairman came to the party’s national secretariat in Abuja Wednesday amidst cheers from some staff members of the party.
While addressing journalists, Shuaibu said for the party to move forward, it must start on a new beginning.
“We have to create an avenue for a new beginning and move forward because human beings easily forget. Because of the love they have for this party, they will want to open a new beginning,” he said.
Asked about his purported expulsion and soured relationship with the national chairman, he said, “Nobody suspended me, it was just a fight that I wanted to avoid. I don’t want to continue the fight and that was why I kept quite. All I wanted to do was to raise my hand before the market burns because by the time the market goes aflame everybody may be consumed.
“All I have said in that letter have all come to pass. It is wrong to say that the war is over because to me, there was no war in the first place. My letter to Oshiomhole was very personal to either save the party or allow it to collapse.
“The structures of the party as a result of the inability of the leadership to reposition the party has become very weak. From wards to the national centres, the structures have become weak and that was what I was trying to avoid.
“I told him to come back to the track and if he cannot do it, let him leave because some of us have suffered to build this party. However, as he said, in the spirit of reconciliation, all these are now by gone because there is nothing anybody can do when he said he has extended the olive branch.
“Oshiomhole is my very good friend and we have been very close friends but when something went wrong, I cannot sit down when the house is collapsing on our heads without telling the world what was happening.”
On the crisis in Edo and what should be the way forward, the Deputy National Chairman said, “it is not a time bomb.
“We all heard President Buhari during the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting announced that any governor who have performed deserve a second term. There is no time bomb because why should you prefer any other person than the setting governor? It is like that all over the world even in America that started this democracy. Donald Trump has no opposition and nobody is contesting against him. It does not make sense to bring another person to contest against the governor. Governor Obaseki is the strongest candidate of the APC we have in Edo state.”