National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), Kassim Afegbua, has criticised the ruling party for attempting to win back the support of agrieved members with offers.
In a statment titled: “Dangling Juicy Carrots Wont Help”, Sunday in Abuja, Afegbua insisted that the moves being made by President Muhammadu Buhari and the national chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole have come too late.
He also advised those being approached with juicy offers, such as the president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, against taking the words of the President and the leadership of the APC.
Afegbua expressed surprise that Oshiomhole approached the leasdeship of the R-APC, not long after he dismissed them as political lightweights.
The statement read in part: “We members of the R-APC find it very amusing that those who boasted that they won’t lose sleep over our altruistic action, have been hopping from door to door pleading with our members not to leave by dangling juicy carrots and promising them heaven and earth. Such level of double standard is the reason why the R-APC was birthed in the first place because the leadership is not one that keeps promises and it’s the reason why no one should take the APC serious.
“It is interesting to suddenly see Mr. President holding meetings with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, reportedly promising mouth-watering offers; thesame leader who was ridiculed, scandalized, demonized, criminalized and called all sorts of names by agents of the presidency just to give the Senate President a bad name in order to hang him. As soon as the Supreme Court gave a resounding verdict on the trumped up and frivolous charges against the Senate President, Mr. President suddenly felt a need to praise the judiciary for standing on its own. Hmm, power as they truly say, must be a crazy aphrodisiac.
“Never a time has the number 3 (three) citizen of Nigeria been so dehumanized, criminalised and disgraced in such whimsical manner while all the present reconciliators kept conspiratorial silence, waiting for the sledge hammer to fall on the Senate President. They tried all tricks, mounted all manner of pressures, raised all dubious allegations, just to nail the Senate President. They were short of calling him a promoter of armed robbery; they linked his name to the Offa Robbery and improvised all biles to rubbish the institution of the Legislature. They striped him naked in the market place and now desperately trying to bath him with ornaments in the inner fortress of Aso Rock.”