The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) as hired mercenaries.

He made this known while speaking to newsmen after a meeting with APC members in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Oshiomhole's comment is a departure from his earlier reaction to the formation of the R-APC on Wednesday.

He had during his meeting with the party's caucus in the Senate appealed to members of the group to be patient with the new leadership.

But, less than 24 hours after his earlier comment, Oshiomhole disagreed that the party was in a crisis. 

Oshiomhole said: “There is no breakup in our party. If one Galadima is not happy, that is fine. He has a right not to be happy.

"And if he chooses to call himself what he wants to call himself, I won’t miss my sleep over that.

"We know those who are in the system. Those who are in the politics for bread and butter, that is their problem,” he said.

He assured that the party was engaging the real stakeholders in APC.

“I mean between the executive and the two arms of the National Assembly, we have very important, influential leaders and we are engaging them.

“Now, if you have people who are being sponsored by those who thought that our convention would be in failure and they were expecting implosion.

“If you review the headline before the convention, there were stories like ‘Oh people are going to walk out of the convention,’ ‘Oh people will boycott the convention.’

“In the end, they were shocked to find that president was seated, the Vice-President was seated and Senate President was seated.

“Speaker of the House was seated, the national leaders were seated, the then national chairman was seated, and all the governors were seated.

“So they were like, what do we do next. They couldn’t stop what God has willed.

“So if thereafter, after two weeks of wriggling in pains that they were disappointed, you find machinery who are willing to be hired for a purpose, it is their right to be so hired,” he said.

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The APC chair said the development would not cause any distraction within the core party leadership.

“And I met with the Senate leadership, with the Senate president in attendance, I have just met with the House of Reps, with the Speaker in attendance.

“Of course, I have had series of meetings with various party leaders

“I have had meetings with governors elected on APC platform, everybody that matters in APC is here and our members just expect that with the new leadership, a couple of things will be done differently.

“And we are obviously going to do a couple of things differently because as it is said, you can be doing the same thing the same old way and expect a different outcome.

“I am convinced that there are many things that we could do differently,” he said.

According to him, although there are worries, there are also hopes.

He dismissed insinuations that the crisis might jeopardise the party’s chance in the 2019 elections.

“If people choose to be detained by fear, it is their choice. I am inspired by the hope of the infinite possibilities for the future.”

On whether he intends to bring the splinter group together, Oshiomhole asked: “Who are the people? I don’t know about Galadima.”

He said he was at the National Assembly to thank the House caucus of the party for its support at the convention.

Earlier at the meeting, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had said that it was only by enthroning justice and equity that the APC would be able to silence voices of dissent and opposition.

He said although there is no human endeavour that is perfect, the APC lawmakers only expected justice “which is indivisible and universal.”

“In every family, whether it is a nuclear, extended or an organisation, there is bound to be a problem and that is because we humans are running those institutions are not perfect ourselves.

“So we don’t expect perfection in from any quarters.”

“Our only expectation is the issue of justice and justice is indivisible. What is justice to the executive should be justice to the legislature and it should be justice to the judiciary,” Dogara said.

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