The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted the recommendation of the National Caucus that President Muhammadu Buhari as Leader of the Party, should constitute a National Reconciliation Committee.
The Standing Committee will be empowered to address grievances of party members and resolve existing conflicts, including the factional battle in Edo State, all with a view to fostering unity and oneness within the party.
This decision was one of the highlights of the APC NEC meeting held on Friday at the Party’s National Secretariat.
With this development, the five-member fact finding committee set up by Mr. Adams Oshiomhole has been set aside for lack of transparency and trust. Members of Oshiomhole’s committee were made up of Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari; former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; former governor of Borno State and serving senator, Kashim Shettima and Hon. Ahmed Wadada was to act as Secretary.
In his address, President Buhari declared that he would not seek a third term in office, having sworn to uphold the Constitution, which provides for two terms.
The President equally charged all APC members, leaders and elected officials to reposition themselves in their respective constituencies so as to sustain the administration’s landmark legacies beyond 2023.
The president said history would not be fair to members if the APC collapses after his second term. He said history will be fair to the APC if the Party remains strong, by not only holding the centre but also making gains.
All APC members were also admonished to read the party’s constitution and abide by the provisions in it and ensure that they do not take the trust of their constituents for granted.
President Buhari further tasked the nation’s elite to search their conscience whether they have been fair to the people, having watched in silence the frittering of the country’s resources during the 16-years inglorious reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
President Buhari assured that the APC-led Federal Government would not relent in providing the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive by continuously investing massively in the country’s infrastructural renewal in the road, rail and power sectors.7