APC Moves To Reconcile Aggrieved Members
ABUJA – Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention disclosed that the immediate task of the committee is to reconcile aggrieved party members as it begins the repositioning of the party for future success at the polls.
Buni urged APC leaders to put the recent challenges that almost crippled the party behind them and rally support for the committee.
Delivering his inaugural speech at Monday’s swearing-in of members of the Caretaker Committee, Governor Buni said the recent event that led to the sack of the National Working Committee (NWC) was not strange, considering the size of the party.
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According to him, what matters is how the party is able to manage its disagreements and reposition itself for future challenges.
He said: “What happened to us as a party in the last few months is not totally strange in a big political party such as the All Progressives Congress (APC) – internal disagreements are common in all political parties, so ours is not an exception.
“It is time for this committee, therefore, to commence the process of true reconciliation among leaders and members of the party at all levels.
“It is our belief that the decision by NEC to constitute this committee will mark the beginning of a new chapter in our great party.”
He, therefore, urged all aggrieved members with pending matters in court to move quickly and withdraw them in deference to appeals by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“To achieve this, I urge all party members to heed to the appeal by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on his call to all aggrieved members who have instituted various cases in court,” he said.
Buni said the committee would be decisive in action to meet assigned targets.
“As the interim managers and leaders of our party, our priority would be the recognition of the need to act appropriately and acceptably in the overall interest of the party.
“Our actions in the next few months would be proactive and responsive.
“From now onward, we will concentrate on the medium and long term development of our strategies and internal organisation to support our public standing as well as our chances of electoral successes in all future elections.
“This is the time for us to focus with determination to create adaptive institutional capacity to weather the current divisions in our party.
“I call on leaders and members of our great party to put the past behind us and strengthen ourselves for all current and future challenges,” he added.
The governor expressed gratitude to President Buhari for intervening to save the APC just as he appreciated members of the dissolved NWC who, he said, showed maturity by accepting the resolution of the NEC in good faith.
According to him, “We will not be here today repositioning our party if not for the timely intervention of our indefatigable leader, the president, and members of the NEC.
“We are totally grateful to the president and the NEC members for this wisdom that brought the impasses to an end,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Victor Giadom has expressed confidence that the party would come out stronger from the present setback, stating that the calibre of people appointed into the Caretaker Committee had what it takes to reposition the APC.
Chief Giadom, who braved odds to submit the party to the oversight of NEC, expressed hope that his colleagues in the sacked APC NWC had learnt some lessons.
“All immediate and past NWC should be able to learn from our mistakes, including my humble self to join hands with the Caretaker Committee to see how they can strengthen the party.
“The party is bigger than all of us. So, it is our collective responsibility as former members of the NWC to work hand in hand with the committee to see to the success of the committee.
“APC is a larger family and, in every family, there is bound to be disagreement, and what is important is the ability of the family to come to agreement.
“Today, with the formation of the Caretaker Committee, we are close to agreement and I’m sure this committee will do the needful and our party will become stronger.”
The ceremony was performed by APC deputy director, Legal Department, Dare Oketade, who read the oath of office to the committee members.
Members of the Caretaker Committee and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, headed by Buni, include Gov. Isiaka Oyetola of Osun (South West) and Sen. Ken Nnamani (South East).
Others are Ms. Stella Okorete – Women representative; Gov. Sani Bello of Niger (North Central), Dr. James Lalu (representing the physically challenged), Sen. Abubakar Yusuf (representative of the Senate) and Akinyemi Olaide (representative of the House of Reps).
Also included are David Lyon (South/South), Mr. Abba Ari (North West), Prof. Tahir Mamman (North East), Mr. Ismail Ahmed (youth leader) and Senator Akpan Udoedehe (Committee Secretary).
Again, Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee rose from its inaugural meeting Monday night and announced the composition of an Edo State Governorship National Campaign Council as well as a Consultation/ Reconciliation Committee for Edo and Ondo states ahead of the scheduled elections in those states.
The thirteen-member panel also approved the adoption of a six-point document to reposition the party.
According to a statement by Yekini Nabena, deputy national publicity secretary of the party, all the 13 members of the newly constituted committee attended the inaugural meeting held at the party’s national secretariat.
- “Members also renewed their commitment to work as a family in the interest of the party and appealed to all leaders and members to give full cooperation to the committee in the discharge of its duties/ mandate,” Nabena said.