The Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) chaired by Governor Mai Mala Buni has on Monday inaugurated a National Reconciliation Committee for the party, ahead of its National Convention. Gov. Buni while performing the ceremony in Abuja, explained that the committee was set up to reconcile party members who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party congresses.
He urged the committee to critically examine areas of conflict in the just concluded ward and Local Government Area Congresses in a bid to proffer solutions to problems.
“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 will indicate our readiness as a united and strong family for the national convention. Your assignment therefore, has great impact and influence on the convention,” Buni said.
He further implored them to be resolute in their mandate, taking the interest of the party above all to remain strong 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,” the CECPC chairman said.
Buni noted that the committee was expected to conduct thorough engagements between identified conflicting groups to enable genuine reconciliation.
“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.
He appreciated the withdrawal of multiple court suits against the party by loyal members, indicating a united and stronger APC.
“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.
Members of the committee include former governors, Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State as chairman, while Mr. Moses Adeyemo as its secretary.
Former Governors George Akume of Benue State, Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, and Ali Saad of Jigawa State, and former Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara among others are members of the committee.