....Advises Against Politics of Convenience
By Abuchi Onwumelu
Following the removal of the name of Senator Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna Central and the name of the former senator representing Osun East senatorial district, Sen. Iyiola Omisore from the All Progressives Congress (APC) list submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district in the national assembly, Chief Sir Victor Umeh, has said that the duo deserved whatever treatment they received from the APC, noting that Sen. Shehu and Sen.Omisore played politics of convenience which, he said, backfired.
Sen. Umeh who stated this at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nise, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State during the 85th birthday celebration of Sir Gabriel Chibueze, said Sen. Omisore should be allowed to lick his wounds as well as count his loses, emphasizing that he (Omisore) betrayed justice during the just concluded Osun State gubernatorial election and therefore deserved what he got from the APC.
Sen. Umeh said that save for Omisore's betrayal, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke won the Osun guber election, noting that Omisore's unbridled quest for power led him into his present sorry state.
'I know that Shehu Sani personally told me that he was leaving the APC some three months ago. He even tried to talk to me if we can accept him in APGA. I jokingly said to him, come over to APGA. But, it didn't take time he made a U-turn.
'Senator Hunkuyi (Kaduna North), his colleague, crossed over to PDP. Two of them agreed that they will join. He back-pedalled and remained in APC. At the fullness of time they served him his own portion. So what do you want me to tell him? He should take heart; next time around, he will know how to move and how to position himself.
'As for Omisore, I read in the paper he was promised the senate president and he betrayed the PDP's Adeleke who actually won the election and moved over to APC so that he will become senate president in the end.
'Now, he will not even become a senator let alone becoming the senate president. He has to lick his wounds and then count his loses. Next time, he will know that it pays to remain resilient and being on the side of justice.
'You don't compromise yourself and if they had succeeded it will become a fashion. Tomorrow some other persons will emulate them and betray the court of justice. I am happier and I am very thankful to APC that they served them the bitter pill to tell them that that is not the way to live.
'You must hold onto your principles and ideal very dear. Make meaningful contribution towards development of democracy and society at large,' Umeh advised.