Former Edo APC governorship aspirant, Peter Esele has said he will not leave the party, in spite of his past differences with the leadership of the party.
Esele, a former Trade Union Congress (TUC) President said he’s staying at the APC because he still believes in holding the collective values of the party.
He said while he supported Godwin Obaseki in the past, he’s not moved to follow him in switching allegiance to the PDP, as that doesn’t represent his collective stand.
“Edo State politics has been in a state of heightened animation and I have been reflecting on some particular emerging trends. I feel the need to share some of my musings, considering I have been very vociferous about disputes in my party – the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“I have made my views known about how the party was being run, this led to a disagreement with the former National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
“My misgivings about power relations and party administrative processes have caused me disagreements in the past. Still, I insist that my comments are not based on a personal bias but on my integrity. It is based on the principle that “an injury to one is an injury to all,” the central ethic of the Labour movement, which I believe encompasses all ethnic and religious divides.
“Recently the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki crossed the floor of APC into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing irreconcilable differences.
“I respect his decision and those who joined him in the process. There is nothing groundbreaking about this move nor is it peculiar to him so, I sincerely wish him well.
“However, as for me and my house, I will not be leaving the APC.
I have openly supported Mr. Obaseki on the grounds that the crises he was engaged in, affected the party as a whole. My stand is for the collective and not the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.
“Being a card carrying member of the APC is not a walk in the park. Many of the paryt’s challenges are self-inflicted. To deny this is folly so I won’t even try. But we must never forget the importance of institutions in nation building.
“Democracy is an aspiration not a ready-made entity and the APC is part of that aspiration towards a desirable state of national affairs. The journey is rugged and individual personalities can only take us a fair distance. It is the institutions we build that insures and ensures the desired future.
“In the campaign for a better Edo State, our democratic processes must continually make room for ideas to be contested but without violence to the betterment of all.
September 19th is almost here. It is up to us to make it count collectively,” he said.