The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the report on resolutions from its congresses by its newly inaugurated National Reconcilation Committee is critical to its planned National Convention.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni, Chairman, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) said this on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating the committee.
Buni who is also the governor of Yobe, explained that the committee was set up to reconcile emerging misunderstandings and differences from the outcome of the party’s congresses.
He said members of the committee were carefully selected based on their individual track records of excellence, adding that they had served the party with a high sense of commitment and dedication.
He further added that members of the committee had contributed immensely to the milestone achievements recorded by the party.
He specifically charged the committee to critically examine areas of conflict on the party’s just concluded Ward and Local Government Congress and advance solutions in the circumstance.
“I want to sincerely commend and appreciate you for the great sacrifices you made to the process of rebuilding the party.
“The much anticipated congresses have commenced and progressed with significant successes.
“We have also constituted mechanisms such as the Appeal committees to address complaints arising from the conduct of the congresses.
“Your report on resolution of these discrepancies would indicate our readiness as a united and strong family for the national convention. Your assignment therefore, has great impact and influence on the convention,” he said.
He enjoined members of the committee to remain resolute and dedicated to execute the assignment with a spirit of teamwork.
He charged them to take the interest of the party above personal and selfish interests for APC to remain strong, united and Nigeria’s leading political party.
“The task before this committee is very important and crucial. It is to reconcile, harmonise, integrate and unite members of the party.
“The committee is also expected to resolve real or seeming differences and to cement all cracks for us to approach the National Convention with a united front,”he said.
He added that the committee was expected to conduct appropriate engagement between identified groups in each state where there were disputes.
This, Buni said, should be done to bring about genuine reconciliation and establishing lasting peace and unity in the party.
He said the committee was also to consult with party leaders and concerned members as it deemed necessary with a view to achieving peace within the party.
He, however, noted that the APC had progressed significantly with purposeful and productive leadership that promotes justice, equity, fair play and genuine reconciliation to give every party member a true sense of belonging.
“I am happy to say that this has restored confidence and trust in the party.
“I am also glad to state that since we came on board, the party’s membership has enthusiastically supported the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and of course, the party leadership,” he said.
Buni said it was gratifying that loyal party members had complied with the directive to withdraw the multiple court cases instituted against it.
He added that this had no doubt contributed to the speedy reconciliation and rebirth of the party, saying that the APC was today more united, stronger and bigger.
He noted that the South-East geo-political zone, hitherto referred to as the stronghold of opposition parties, was gradually melting into the APC and increasing its fortunes to remain Nigeria’s leading political party.
He listed the membership registration and revalidation exercise recently carried out by the party under his leadership as one of its major milestone achievements.
“It was a crucial tool in the recovery of the party. Over 40 million members were registered while the process is still on-going.
“It provided existing and new members with a sense of belonging and ownership of the party.
“I congratulate all stakeholders, women and youth for the active roles they played towards the success of the exercise,” Buni said.
The committee which has Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, a former Governor of Nassarawa State as chairman, has Moses Adeyemo as its Secretary.
The committee has Sen. George Akume, Sullivan Chime, a former governor of Enugu State, Ali Saad Birnin kudu, Yakubu Dogara, Alh. Suleiman Argungu, Dr Oluranti Adebule and Mrs Beta Edu as members.(https://newsatlarge.ng)