The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday appointed Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, to lead the committees for the reconciliation of aggrieved party members in Imo and Ogun States.
Chairman of the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, announced the appointment on Friday while inaugurating the committees.
Others appointed into the committees are Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa and Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe states as members.
He said members of the committees were carefully selected to reconcile aggrieved members and groups within the party.
Buni noted that the incidents that bedevilled the party in recent times, necessitated the peace building and true reconciliation mechanisms adopted by the caretaker committee in order to give every member a sense of fairness and belonging.
The APC leadership had been embroiled in legal battles, which resulted in the dissolution of the party’s former National Working Committee by its National Executive Committee (NEC).
The dissolution led to the choice of Buni as chairman of the caretaker committee.
He said: “I am proud to say that, with the support enjoyed from members of the party, the committee has recorded remarkable headways, reclaiming some distinguished and very valuable members with thousands of their supporters back to our fold.”
The caretaker chairman added: “I am equally fulfilled that our exploits in reconciling our members in Edo and Ondo states has strengthened the party and further expanded our chances with assurances of winning the governorship elections in the two states with land slide victories.”
The Yobe governor declared that the ongoing reconciliatory initiatives of the APC wuld soon shock Nigeria’s political space, adding that former members who were aggrieved and left the party for other political platforms would soon return.
Recall that the Imo State APC had been embroiled in a leadership tussle with both Marcellus Nlemigbo and Dan Nwafor, laying claim to being the chairman of the party.
In Ogun, the party has been in crisis since the 2019 general elections.
The party had been in crisis since the then governor, Ibikunle Amosun, supported one of his loyalists, Adekunle Akinlade, who contested the governorship poll on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Despite the return of Akinlade and other loyalists of Amosun to the APC, there is still no unity in the party