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Membership Drive Must Be Beyond Personal Benefits, Oshiomhole Charges Political Parties

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National Chairman, All Peoples Congress (APC), and ex-governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has charged politicians and political parties to emphasize political membership that extends beyond private and personal benefits.

Oshiomhole who spoke at the launch of once three-time governor and senator of Yobe State, Alhaji Bukar Ibrahim book Poorlitics, urged politicians to disagree to agree only on matters that concern better service delivery for Nigerians, rather than on issues benefits of their votes.

Highlighting a part of the author’s book which emphasized the importance of peace and service to the people, Oshiomhole urged young Nigerians to avoid being used for activities “the end of which they do not know.”

The ruling party’s national chairman noted that there are seasoned mercenaries whose aim is to undermine peace in the country and cautioned Nigerians to avoid being influenced by these mercenaries to take actions that will induce crisis in the country.

“In the reality of our present society, there are professional seasoned mercenaries who look for where there is peace, and offer services to undermine peace, so that once peace ceases to exist, as mercenaries they will have jobs to do. For such people, we must put them where they belong and render them idle, by ensuring they do not push, deceive or influence us to take steps that will induce crisis.”

Speaking at the event, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, commended Alhaji’s Bukar’s publication Poorlitics which he declared came at the right time.

“Politics is not always about money, but about time; the time when people in authority descend to relate with the people they serve, to listen to their problems and engage them. There are politicians who have never related with the people that they represent. We are here to support (Bukar’s) philosophy which states that politics takes much more than money. It is coming at the right time not only because elections are coming but because it is coming at the time when youths are encouraged to participate in politics,” said Saraki.

Broadening on the ideology of Poorlitics, drawn from his political experience, Alhaji Bukar Ibrahim, defined Poorlitics as the politics of the poor; one which enabled him to veer into politics with no more than N20,000 in the 80s and early 90s.

“It is known you cannot play politics without money. But with this new philosophy you can,” Bukar assured young political aspirants. If Poorlitics is taught to more Nigerians, it could alter the nature of politics in Nigeria,” Bukar added.

“Bukar’s method is a crucial lesson and an inspiration to youths,” says co-author of Poorlitics, Sam Agha Egwu.

Gracing the event were several dignitaries including, Secretary General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, representing President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, the reviewer of the book; Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kassim Shettima, the Igwe of Obosi, Anambra State, Chidubem Iweka Eze Iweka III, among others.



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