Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has asked the aggrieved members of the party to learn from his act of political tolerance when he was removed from office as the party’s boss.
The two-term governor of Edo State recalled his experience while addressing leaders of the party from the three senatorial districts of Edo State in Benin.
Oshiomhole said he had the opportunity to have gone to court to challenge his right when he was removed from office as the national chairman of the party but he did not despite the pressure and persuasion from friends and political associates.
“Now I am an example. You know I was a National Chairman, and you know how I was removed, did I go to court? If I had gone to court, you think I wouldn’t have had a chance?
“But some people said it is your right and you are sleeping on your right, but I said no and I am sleeping on that my right and I am still sleeping on that my right. I am snoring, and I am enjoying it for a better future, and that future is here.
“If I had gone to court and APC could not do their convention, what would I gain? Take an example from my own life story”, he said.
Oshiomhole said President Muhammadu Buhari has also given a matching order to all aggrieved members of the party across the state to withdraw all cases from the courts, work together and form a formidable force in winning the forthcoming elections.
He also said he has not endorsed anybody as his preferred governorship candidate pointing out that, he is yet to recover from his past mistake and that he has learned a lesson from it.
“For me, I will not anoint or appoint anybody because I can’t be doing the same thing and expect different results. All those that are saying Oshiomhole is supporting XYZ, are liars. The one I support, what has he gotten us?
“So, I have not endorsed anybody. The only person I asked to step down was my younger brother; this is because two Oshiomhole cannot be on the ballot.
“In the past, when I asked people to step down, they step down and never forgive me. I have learned my lesson.”
While speaking on the Muslim -Muslim ticket as championed by the APC, he urged Nigerians not to be deceived by what other presidential candidates from other parties are saying that the presidential candidate of the party got married to a Christian wife and has not converted her to Islam.
“The last thing I think we should explain to people, there has been deliberate misinformation, unknown issue, where people spend so much time talking about Muslim-Muslim ticket, Christian-Christian ticket.
“I want to repeat before you so that you take this message to the villages. Yes, Asiwaju is a Muslim, a Yoruba man from the southwest but he found love in Delta, our own Bendel.
“Is Delta not part of Bendel? And this beautiful lady, the girl then, is a Christian, she was not a pastor then, while she was married to Asiwaju as a wife, she maintained her faith and grew to become a pastor in Redeemed Church, not one unknown church, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Nigeria,” he said.