It was as if he knew what was coming yesterday while speaking earlier in the day. All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that members of the National Working Committee knew about the challenges in the party before contesting for offices.
Oshiomhole spoke on a day a breakaway group announced the formation of the “Reformed APC”.
Speaking while receiving a report of the APC Elections Appeals Committee, he said he would not shun the fact that there were challenges within the party, adding that his leadership would do everything possible to address them.
Oshiomhole said: “We can’t claim that we didn’t know. We are not going to lament that we knew, but we didn’t know it was this much.”
The APC chairman, who promised to ensure that reports of committees set up by the party are implemented, said: “My appeal to all those who are aggrieved is to be patient. 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. I am not going to be detained by arrogance because I don’t think at this level, any of us will take a position except based on our conviction.
“I am very appreciative of the fact that we were elected and, in the case of some of us, we were even unopposed that our members have entrusted us to pilot the affairs of the party at this time.
“Like I said in the Senate, we knew there were challenges when we offered ourselves to contest for offices for which we have now been elected. So, we can’t claim that we didn’t know. We are not going to lament that we knew, but we didn’t know it was this much.
“To us, it is a huge opportunity to make a difference, not only for our party, but for our country. 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 open overnight; otherwise, you will create more problem and damage the eye the more.
“But we will do everything possible to sustain confidence and trust. For us, everybody is important; for us, everybody matters and we want to run an inclusive party…”