By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY— THERE are indications that the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, may soon dump the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the APC leader was said to have shunned the caucus meeting of the party which took place in Abuja last week.
Vanguard gathered that Ikimi was invited for the caucus meeting as well as that of the national leadership of the party with a view to make him remain in the party.
It will be recalled that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and other leaders of the party in the state had begged Ikimi not to leave the party after he condemned the processes that led to the emergence of Chief John Odigie Oyegun as the National Chairman of APC.
Chief Ikimi had stayed away from all political activities of the APC since the convention of the party. Vanguard gathered that he was being wooed by the top hierarchy of the PDP to join the party.
However, Ikimi who broke his silence to Vanguard, said he still does not recognise Oyegun as the National Chairman of the party because of what he described as the alleged undemocratic manner he emerged.
He said “I have decided to watch the party from afar because I believe that things are not right. If we are talking about democracy and being a credible alternative to the PDP, we must learn how to do things the proper way. If Tinubu and others know that they don’t own the party, then we can now talk. There are still some fundamental issues that are still unresolved.
“I don’t mind working with anybody as national chairman of the party, whether from Kogi or Kwara but what I am saying is that no one man should arrogate himself as the owner of the party. That is why people are leaving the party. And people are tolerating it because they don’t want to lose presidential or vice presidential tickets. The day they lose those tickets, they will leave the party.”