The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, will today inaugurate a national peace and reconciliation committee for the party to be headed by some governors.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, on Monday, announced the formation of the committee with some governors leading other members of the party to the six geo-political zones on the peace mission.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in the past tasked the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, to lead a reconciliation committee, but little was heard of or from the committee thereafter.
The latest committee was formed in the wake of a threat by the party to sanction any member that took the party to court.
Daily Trust reports that there are disaffections in many states where some APC members feel disenchanted after the party’s primaries that produced candidates for the 2019 elections.
While some party faithful simply defected to other parties, some members resorted to seek redress in court.
Speaking on those that went to court, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said, “This growing trend is viewed by the party as a manifest of indiscipline. The action, it should be noted, is considered as anti-party as it goes against our party’s constitution.”
He said, “For emphasis, according to Article 20, Subsection 10 of our party’s constitution, offences against the party include filing an action in a court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matter relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting all avenues for redress provided for in this constitution”.
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is the chairman of the delegation of the committee sent to the North West and Governors Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar (Bauchi), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Senators Adamu Aliero, Danjuma Goje, Jim Nwobodo and Amb. Fati Balla as members.
The South East has Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and members are Governors Samuel Lalong (Plateau), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Alh. Umaru Dembo, Alh. Nasiru Aliko Koki and Mrs. Ify Ugo Okoye.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State leads the South West delegation which members are Governors Nasiru El Rufai (Kaduna), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Prof. Modupe Adelabu, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Senators Ken Nnamani and Seida Bugaje.
The North Central has Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and his members are Governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Chief Pius Akinyelure, Mrs. Vivian Chukwuani and Chief Audu Ogbe.
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola leads the South South delegation which members are Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Hon. Emeka Wogu, Mr. Sullivan Chime and Mrs. Aleluchi Cookey-Gam.
The North East is headed by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and members are Governors Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Mrs. Jumoke Anifowoshe, Hon. Matthew Omegara, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba and Gen. Abdullahi Aboki.
Meanwhile, an APC gubernatorial aspirant in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, yesterday, said no amount of threat from the NWC of the party would force him abandon what he called his “legitimate right to pursue a genuine cause.”
Nwosu’s position followed a threat handed to aggrieved members of the APC to withdraw their court actions or face sanction.
Nwosu, who is the son-in-law to Gov. Rochas Okorocha, is in court over the party’s governorship ticket in Imo State.
He described the threat by the NWC as an act of arm twisting which he said was therefore unacceptable.
He claims he won the October 6, APC rerun governorship primary in the state, and therefore insists that the threat of sanction will not stop him from pursuing his case to a logical conclusion.
While expressing dismay over the position taken by the party, Nwosu said he had earlier made effort to have the leadership of the party resolve the crisis using internal mechanism to no avail.