National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the only integrity they have is the reputation of share the money.
Oshiomhole spoke when he inaugurated the 42- man National Peace and Reconciliation Committee at the party secretariat, in Abuja, emphasising that only Nigerians with short memories can compare the APC and the PDP.
The former governor of Edo State expressed surprise that the attack from certain aggrieved persons in the APC did not have the effect the opposition expected.
Extolling the committee members, Oshiomhole said, “ On behalf of the NWC, I want to appreciate each and every one of you who, despite your very crowded schedule as governors, senators, ministers, at short notice, honoured us by accepting your appointment to serve in this committee we set up to help us as a party find in- house solution to our problems by restoring peace, enduring internal unity and harmony within the APC family.
“We have gone through very crucial state in the processes leading to the next presidential, National Assembly, governorship and State Assembly elections. I think by my own record, of the 36 states and the FCT, we have done exceedingly well.
“It is impossible even for the most gifted child to score 100 per cent in every subject and the more questions you have to answer, the higher your chances of missing some of them.
“One thing I learnt early in life in trying to lead people of equal is that once you become the chairman of a logo association, you automatically become the logo dustbin to which everybody empties everything that is dirty.
“I have had my own unfair share of people, who in anger, chose to attack me as a person, but unfortunately it does not coincide with what the opposition, the PDP had always wanted.
“Bringing on board my past reputation was by itself a challenge to the PDP that has no reputation.
“If they had any, it is only the reputation of share the money. They shared it as recklessly as they could and these are no longer in the realm of speculation because they are the subject of litigation in the courts across the country.
“Four years ago, around this time, we were in opposition and the value of our tickets, if we have a political market where tickets are awaited, were certainly not near where they are today.
“Only men of conviction and of vision can subscribe to contesting election on our platform.
“I believe that our collective verdict under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is our presidential candidate have all worked hard in the last four years.
“We have not solved all the problems of Nigeria but those who have good memories will have no difficulty in comparing the previous 16 years of the PDP rule with the three and half years of the APC.
“Our people voted for change because they want to change the way the country is managed, the way governance is approached, eliminate corruption in the process of governance and reconcile efforts with rewards and eliminate the trend where people who work hard earn very little while those who have no business address are the billionaires.
“We wanted to address the situation where a Nigerian is buying a private jet every other week even without any business address.