January 09, (THEWILL) – The All Progressive Party (APC) Senator Adamu Abdullahi-led 11-man reconciliation committee on Thursday stormed Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to resolve the crisis rocking the party
The committee met with former governor Olusegun Osoba and former governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun to end the feud between the latter who had been at loggerhead with the former and incumbent governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun.
Speaking at the meeting which was held at the Presidential Lodge, the chairman of the committee, Abdullahi, said that the purpose of the visit was to intimate Abiodun about its mission to reconcile aggrieved leaders and members of the party.
The former governor of Nasarawa State, said that the desire of the national leadership of the party was to ensure that peace prevailed among its members, adding that the committee would adopt the principle of fairness to resolve the crisis amicably.
“We are here with a mission of meeting our party members and to see the best way we can pilot the reconciliation efforts of the party”
“It is the concern of our party at the national level that peace prevail in this state. And we will do everything to ensure that nothing truncates that peace.”
“We owe the party a duty by ensuring that the principles of fair hearing are given to all parties involved”, he added.
Speaking, Osoba, who described the committee as comprising seasoned administrators and people of proven character, enjoined them to ensure equity, fairness and justice is done in the course of carrying out their duties.
Abiodun, while acknowledging that there is bound to be friction in APC because it is a big political party, lauded the national leadership of the party for choosing the path of reconciliation to guard against polarising the party in his state
“This Committee was carefully chosen to further strengthen the party. It is important to continue to have peace and harmony among us. Though there is bound to be conflict here and there, we must continue to find a way to cooperate, and I am happy to have you with us today. We will cooperate to ensure peace in our state”, he said.
The governor expressed delight with the calibre of people appointed into the committee, saying they were made up of committed party members that understand how the party works.
He assured that the committee would have an opportunity to meet with executive members of the party in the 20 local government areas to have a feel of what is going on in the state.
Abdullahi, thereafter, presented a copy of petitions received so far to the governor
Other members of the committee include former governors, Sullivan Chime, Ali Sa’ad Burnin-Kudu and deputy governors Idiat Ranti Adebule, Suleiman Argungu and Moses Adeyemo and Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu and Dr Samuel Jimba, who is the head of the secretariat.