Obaseki can’t hold APC hostage, state chair­men de­clares

The Punch - - TODAY - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Abuja

THe Fo­rum of State Chair­men of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress has tasked the re­cently con­sti­tuted Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mit­tee to come up with an ac­tion plan to re­solve the lin­ger­ing cri­sis in the party.

The chair­men urged the com­mit­tee headed by the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Ah­mad Lawan, to set for work and ig­nore the camp of the edo State Gover­nor, God­win Obaseki, which had raised ob­jec­tion to the mem­ber­ship of the com­mit­tee.

They said edo as the only one out of the 36 states and Abuja, should not be al­lowed to frus­trate peace ef­forts in the party since it was not ready for ex­ter­nal me­di­a­tors.

The APC Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee had on De­cem­ber 18 raised a 10-mem­ber com­mit­tee headed by Lawan to re­solve the lin­ger­ing cri­sis in the party.

The ar­range­ment was in line with the Novem­ber 22, 2019 res­o­lu­tion of the party’s

Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

The NEC had em­pow­ered the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), to constitute the com­mit­tee.

The First (In­terim) APC Na­tional Chair­man, Chief Bisi Akande, was ap­pointed to serve as the Vice-chair­man with the Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ahmed Wase, and the im­me­di­ate past Nasarawa gover­nor, Sen­a­tor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, as mem­bers.

Other mem­bers are, Sen­a­tor Kashim Shet­tima, Min­is­ter of State for environmen­t, Sharon Ikea­zor; Al­haji Nasiru Aliko Koki; Sen­a­tor Khairat Gwad­abeab­dul­razak; Sen­a­tor Binta Garba and Sen­a­tor John enoh as Sec­re­tary.

Obaseki had op­posed the com­mit­tee, say­ing it con­tained in­ter­ested par­ties in the dis­pute.

The camp of the gover­nor and loy­al­ists of the Na­tional Chair­man, Adams Osh­iom­hole, have been bat­tling for the con­trol of the party in the state with 14 law­mak­ers of the edo State House of As­sem­bly yet to be in­au­gu­rated.

The gover­nor had ear­lier re­jected the Kano State Gover­nor, Ab­dul­lahi Gan­du­jeled five-mem­ber Fact-find­ing Com­mit­tee, raised in Novem­ber on the cri­sis rock­ing the edo APC.

Speak­ing with our correspond­ent on Wed­nes­day, the Sec­re­tary of the Fo­rum of APC chair­men, Dr Ben Nwoye, said the com­mit­tee was in the in­ter­est of the party.

Nwoye, who is also the chair­man of the enugu State chap­ter of the APC, com­mended the Osh­iom­hole-led NWC for work­ing to­wards achiev­ing peace in the party.

He said, “The for­ma­tion of the Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mit­tee is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment.

“It is con­sis­tent with the res­o­lu­tion of the Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

“It is also an in­di­ca­tion of clear in­ten­tion by the NWC to rec­on­cile all ag­grieved mem­bers of our great party,” he said.

Nwoye said the party had shown sin­cer­ity of pur­pose to re­solve lin­ger­ing cri­sis by rais­ing the com­mit­tee.

He said, “The com­mit­tee mem­bers are pa­tri­otic Nige­ri­ans with di­verse back­grounds and ex­pe­ri­ences.

“They will cer­tainly achieve the de­sired ob­jec­tives not­with­stand­ing the dis­sent­ing opin­ion of few ag­grieved mem­bers.

“As the say­ing goes, in democ­racy ‘ma­jor­ity will have their way while mi­nor­ity will have their say.’

“So, we ex­pect the Sen­a­tor Lawan-led com­mit­tee to come up with an ac­tion plan to re­solve most of the in­ter­nal con­flicts be­dev­illing the party.

“edo is one state out of 36 states. There is one form of cri­sis or the other in all the other states of the fed­er­a­tion.

“So, I’m sure that edo State would not ex­pect the other 35 states and Abuja to set aside their de­sire for peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of all crises be­cause edo is not ready to al­low ex­ter­nal me­di­a­tors to as­sist them in re­solv­ing their in­ter­nal cri­sis.

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