Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has asked members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) before they die.
He made the comment jokingly at the dinner held to celebrate the 80th birthday of Chief John Odigie-Oyekun, former national chairman of the APC.
Osibanjo told a story of an American Republican senator who told his bewildered family on his dying bed that he wants to cross over to the Democrat.
“He was lying down on a sick bed and was about to die, he said, ‘I want to change my party, I want to become a Democrat so that tomorrow it will be announced that a Democrat died not a Republican.’
“You can see that we politicians very faithful and very loyal indeed. I can only ask our friends in PDP also to ensure that they cross over before they die! It is time for them to cross over,” he said jokingly.
He described Chief Oyegun as a loyal party man, an excellent role model and leader who has always been his own man, charting his own course, sometimes, making some real troubles. “He always sound like a fine, well read and well spoken gentleman driven into politics by some rascals. But indeed, he is a consummate politician and an astute strategist.
“People like Chief Oyegun has shown that politicians can be loyal and distinguished men and women and it makes us proud to belong to this company of credible human beings. Despite what people say, we are often more loyal than some other people,” the Vice President stated.
A lot of dignitaries attended the event. They include;
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole – National Chairman of APC
Boss Mustapha – Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was representing President Muhammadu Buhari
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State
Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State amongst others