Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says he will not mortgage his conscience in order to keep his job.
Mr Oshiomhole spoke to State House correspondents after having a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.
Speaking on the fallout of APC primaries, he dismissed rumours that some governors were moblising to unseat him.
According to Oshiomole , he knows that the job is not a pensionable job as he will leave it one day; hence he will do the job according to the rules and his conscience.
He said out of the 23 APC governors, only three were not pleased with the outcome of the primaries in their states.
Mr Oshiomhole said no one could begrudge the governors for not being happy if a particular outcome did not coincide with their expectations.
He said he neither had the power to appoint nor the power to change anything particularly when things had been properly done.
According to him, the three governors who are unhappy are his friends.
“So, all I have tried is to find some courage to enforce the rules and I think an overwhelming majority of the governors appreciate that I have done the best because change is not easy.
“We all want change but the process of change can be quite traumatising; because it is not painless. People have been used to a particular way of doing things; to encourage them to do them differently can be a challenge.
“So, here I am as national chairman conducting primaries, the outcome of which some very powerful people did not see their preferred candidates emerging.
“Let me say that if there is a choice between my conscience, what I believe is right and mortgaging that conscience in order to keep the job, I will have no difficulty resolving it in favour of my conscience.
“And those who know me know that at my age, I cannot learn new tricks; I am absolutely committed to justice; fairness; I am a stickler to enforcement of rules; because the source of relevance is derived from rules. I have lived my life fighting for justice and fairness.’’
The APC national chairman said however, that the issues would be resolved as internal family issues as the three governors were his friends.
He said that in a moment of distress, he believed that the friendship was enough to help them to build reconciliation.
According to Oshiomhole, he respects and appreciates the governors for the fact that but for their support, he would not become APC chairman.
“And you do not go stepping on toes of those who helped you to get into position.
“But however, I thought I was clear and I remain clear that helping me to get to the position, it was to help APC to return to its core values of progressive politics, of fairness, of justice, of adherence to rule of law and total submission to the extant provisions of our party constitution.
“In doing that, you do not look at power; you look at what is; what is just.
“I think that with time, we will reconcile all these; Amosun is my good friend; we have known each other for a very long time; we exchange personal visits in addition to official visits; Zamfara governor has been the Chairman of NGF and I was an active member of that forum; we have wonderful time together and I believe in the future, we are still going to have wonderful time together.
“Governor Rochas Okorocha was one of those who had issues with my predecessor and I did my best to try and resolve those issues in a way that has given him a new platform
He also reacted to some reports that about 15 Governors have been making arrangements to remove him as the Party’s Chairman.
He described the rumours as false, noting, however, that he is under no illusion as his job as the party’s Chairman can come to an end at any time.
The APC National Chairman further stated that he cannot compromise his core principles of fairness and equity, simply to satisfy some aggrieved governors who are his friends.
According to him, if in any case he is removed as the chairman, he would have satisfied his conscience by working along the path of fairness and justice.