By Egena Sunday Ode
Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress , APC, Adams Oshiomole has accused the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, of being sponsored by people he described as cowards to attack him.
Oshiomhole spoke on Monday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.
He said to engage in a dirty fight with the DG would mean reducing himself to Lukman’s level.
The DG had last week accused Oshiomhole of frustrating the newly inaugurated National Caretaker Committee of the APC of attempt to ensure that he is retuned as the party’s chairman.
Oshiomhole said: “You want me to engage in a fight with a pig? If you engage in a fight with a pig, the pig already is stained by its nature and you will wear you white garment, and in my own case, kaaki to go and wrestle with a pig? I will not.
“You see, what I want the media to interrogate, how does winning Edo…when I was removed as national chairman, Edo was APC. So do I have to win a Edo to become the chairman? Do I look so unemployed? I’m 68. So, what they don’t understand is that, it is not the office of chairman that made me who I am. It is my pedigree from my days as labourer in the textile industry to be the general secretary of textile workers all over Nigeria and becoming the president of NLC.
“There is no village I go to that people do not know me and is this that I used to override The Godfathers in Edo State for two consecutive terms and even got the governor elected through elections, no violence before becoming the national chairman.
He continued: “So, if you remove the office…is like our president now, though I cannot compare myself to him, but it is like President Muhammadu Buhari by 2023, when his tenure would have lapsed as President but those who believe in him, in 2024 and beyond, each time they see him, that trust they have in him will always be there.
“He bonds with the people, that bond was not created by the fact that he is the president, in fact he became the president because of that bond.
“So, it takes an empty brain to suggest that I only want to stage a come back to become the national chairman. For what? To go and do a reset?
“So my attitude is not to reply the noise and it is coming from somebody who says he is an employee and appointee of Progressives Governors Forum, he is just like the cowards that are using him that are not able to come out. Otherwise, you should ask this guy, who is now an election expert.
“He contested for senate against Makarfi, he lost. He even contested against governor El-Rufai during the primaries and he lost, before Fayemi unilaterally appointed him the DG.
“So, if he is now the spokesman abusing me and all of that, you want to drag me to his level? No! A gentleman does not wrestle with a pig, if you do you will always be stained and I don’t want to get into that.”