Cover of the book
By our reporter
Speaking amidst a galaxy of top political actors in the country, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said it was unfair for some members of the party to leave because of little disagreements.
Oshiohmhole made the remarks Monday in Abuja at the launch of the book, “Poorlitics: The little boy from Goniri and the Progressives’ Manifesto” by three-time governor of Yobe State and three-time Senator representing Yobe East Senatorial District, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim. The book is co-authored by Sam Agha Egwu.
He cited a parable of the palm wine drinker.
According to him, “it is like one is a member of a palm wine drinkers. You planted the tree, nurture it as part of the group and drink it because they say it is good for the eyes.”
However, he said, because of some minor disagreements within the group, you leave and join the kai-kia group.
He pointed out that he can never be ashamed of peaceful resolution of party crisis as it is cheaper to keep peace than war and will always work for peace and justice.
The APC chairman noted that in any society there are people whose past-time is to find ways to create crisis so that they can benefit from it.
Oshiomhole advised youths not to be pushed into any venture that they know nothing about.
He lauded Senator Bukar Ibrahim for writing the book pointing out that with his (Bukar) experience, peaceful elections without money is possible.
Speaking on the political philosophy of Senator Bukar Ibrahim, Oshiomhole noted that many people think politics must be monetized but stated that being rich is a barrier as it will not connect with the people.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, who chaired the occasion, described Senator Bukar Ibrahim as a father, mentor and a great Nigerian who has achieved a lot.
He equally noted that politics is not about money but finding time to connect with the people at the grassroots.
Saraki recommended that book to young Nigerians who will go into politics now and in the future.
Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim
Senator Bukar Ibrahim in his remarks said appealed to those aspiring to vie for his senatorial seat should hold on and give him the final opportunity to represent Yobe East in 2019.
He described his philosophy as “politics of the poor” which can be played with little or no money.
Co-author Sam Agha Egwu
Co-author of the book, Mr Egwu gave a vivid presentation at the launch explaining the segments of the book stressing that there will be leadership trainings on the philosophy in the six geo-political zones of the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha represented President Muhammadu Buhari while Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu reviewed the book.
Among dignitaries present as the launch were former Secretary to the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Oyegun, former ministers of Employment, Labour and Productivity, Engineer Bunu Sheriff, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Engineers, Mohammed Abbagana, Ibrahim Bunu, National Planning, Sanusi Daggash, Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Dr Bukar Shettima, Senators Philip Aduda and Abubakar Kyari, former Member, House of Representatives, Alhaji Umara Kumalia and host of traditional rulers from Yobe and Borno states among others.