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Osinbajo’s Hands of Fellowship To The Opposition

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ElevateNews takes a look at the invitation of members of the opposition to APC by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Soon, many members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will find their ways to the ruling, All Progressives Congress (APC). They are only waiting for the opportunity to come.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s call on some of his friends to leave PDP and join APC last weekend may be the only word they need to jump into the bus of “Next Level”.

He urged the members of the opposition to come on board before the PDP would finally die as he poured encomium on the former National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who clocked 80 this month.

There are a few men of principles in politics nowadays. The present political parties were not formed on particular ideals and so it is easy for politicians to cross carpet at will.

There is no difference between APC and PDP. Only their method of propaganda is different. Before now, I could say that the former Alliance for Democracy had got some principles when it was formed.

The AD was very strong as a regional party of the Southwest until the core of the party, the Pan Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere backstabbed late Chief Bola Ige.

The internal rancour in AD then made Ige joined the cabinet of former PDP’s President Olusegun Obasanjo and ultimately paid with his life.

That was when the politics of principle began to die. I could remember during a function at Lagoon Hospital in Apapa, Obasanjo had used the same language to invite the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of AD to PDP.

Tinubu never fell for the bait that killed Ige as he continually declined the plan to lure him to the slaughter slab of the PDP. Despite that Ige worked in the cabinet of Obasanjo, he refused to move to PDP.

Although there were AD prominent members like Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and a few others who decamped to PDP, they did so at a different time and on an individual basis.

Today, it is a mass defection of party leaders from one political party to another. Even Obasanjo left PDP to declare his support for an APC presidential candidate. It shows that the politicians have no philosophy on which they operate as a political party.

The most moved politician, the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, I guess will never decamp again but he should expect mass defection of some of the party’s prominent leaders as soon as the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates the new Federal Executive Council.

As Osinbajo had requested, the new ministers will request their friends in PDP to decamp to APC. It is the only way to save them from an allegation of corruption.

On Monday at the retreat with the ministers-designate, Buhari made it clear that the government would not relax his fight against corruption. He urged the ministers to work together to ensure the actualization of the next level.

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