Dogara: Only justice will silence dissenting voices in APC

Photo shows Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt.Hon. Yakubu Dogara (middle); National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (r) and Deputy Minority Whip, Hon. Pally Iriase on the occasion. 


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that only by enthroning justice and equity that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will be able to silence voices of dissent and opposition.

He spoke, Thursday, at a meeting between APC members of the House and members of the newly elected national working committee of the party led by the chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, at the National Assembly.

The Speaker, in a statement by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, noted that although there is no human endeavor that is perfect, the APC lawmakers only expect justice, which is indivisible and universal.

“In every family, whether it is a nuclear, extended or an organisation, there is bound to be problem and that is because we human that are running those institutions are not perfect ourselves. So we don’t expect perfection 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.

 “What is justice to the president and the vice president should be justice to the governor and it has to be justice for the members of the National Assembly, because you can’t divide justice. Once you begin to divide justice you don’t have justice.

“And once we are able to get these things in their proper perspectives to some extent we will be able to silence the voices of dissent within the party, but that we have problems is perfectly okay but we mustn’t allow our problems to define us. Rather we should define our problems as a party.”

Hon Dogara expressed optimism about the ability and capacity of the new APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to tackle the challenges confronting the party, saying “I know that you come well prepared. We can only wish you well and pray for God’s additional wisdom because human wisdom won’t be enough. As you navigate very treacherous terrain, we pray God wisdom for you.”

On his part, Oshiomhole told the MPs that “every person matters in our party because all party members voluntarily moved from various political platforms, and dissolved those platforms in order to give birth to the All Progressive Congress.”

He said the idea of delivering the greater good for the greater number of Nigerian citizens is what binds the APC together and  “defines us in spite of the teething problems we were bound to experience that every new organisation goes through.”

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