Mai Mala Buni Inaugurate APC Reconciliation Committee
By Kabir Akintayo
The Chairman APC caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee Mai Mala Buni has inaugurated members of the national reconciliation committee on Monday in Abuja.
The committee which is headed by the former Governor of Nasarawa state, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, is expected to reconcile emerging misunderstandings and differences which might arise from the outcome of the congresses.
Mai Mala Buni during the inauguration at the APC National secretariat said “The leadership of the party had in the last sixteen months constituted various committees to serve the party, some of which are still on-going. Members of these committees have served with a high sense of commitment and dedication which contributed immensely to the milestone achievements recorded by the party. I want to sincerely commend and appreciate you for the great sacrifices you made to the process of rebuilding the party.”
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the much anticipated congresses have commenced and progressed with significant successes. The party ensured that the provisions of the constitution are highly protected and respected. We have also constituted mechanisms such as the Appeal committees to address complaints arising from the conduct of the congresses.”
“The Caretaker committee found it expedient to constitute the National Reconciliation Committee to reconcile emerging misunderstandings and differences which might arise from the outcome of the congresses.”
“Members of this committee were carefully selected based on their individual track records of excellence, under the chairmanship of a veteran democrat, a two term State Governor, a versatile legislator and indeed, a true statesman. Distinguished Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the former Governor of Nassarawa state.”
“Ladies and gentleman, the task before this committee is very important and crucial. The committee is to reconcile, harmonize, integrate and unite members of the party. It 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.”
Meanwhile, the national reconciliation committee includes Sen. Abdullahi Adamu Chairman, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo Secretary, while Sen. George Akume, H.E. Sullivan Chime, H.E. Ali Saad Birnin kudu, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Alh. Suleiman Argungu, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti I. Adebule and Dr. Mrs. Beta Edu are members.
The party however stated out the terms of reference to the committee, that is, To Conduct appropriate engagement between identified groups in each State where there are disputes with a view to bringing about genuine reconciliation and establishing lasting peace and unity in the Party.
To consult with Party Leaders and Concerned Members as the Committee deems necessary with a view to achieving peace therein.
Critically examine areas of conflict on the just concluded Ward and Local Government Congress and advance solutions in the circumstance.
Buni who boasted of his achievements since he assumed office said “I am also glad to state that since we came on board, the party membership has enthusiastically supported the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and of course, the party leadership.”
“Similarly, it is gratifying that loyal party members have complied with the directive to withdraw the multiple court cases instituted against the party. This has no doubt contributed to the speedy reconciliation and rebirth of the party. I am proud to say that our party today is more united, stronger and bigger.”
“You may recall that when l met the APC National Assembly caucus on 24th November 2020, l assured that APC will shock Nigeria’s political space, with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country.”
“It is heartwarming that by the grace of God, and with the support and cooperation enjoyed from all party members, three sitting Governors of Ebonyi State Mr. Dave Umahi, Cross River State Prof. Ben Ayade and Zamfara State Alh. Bello Muatawalli as well as members of their State Assemblies, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Hon. Dimeji Bankole and former National Chairmen of other political parties have joined the APC.”
“Similarly, numerous Senators and Members of the Federal House of Representatives, state legislators, Chieftains and Members of Board of Trustees of the opposition party and their supporters have also joined the APC.”
“Worthy of mention is Anambra state where we are about to hold the governorship election. We have recently received five serving, and four former members of the House of Representatives, Nine members of the state assembly and chieftains of PDP and APGA into the APC, paving way to our victory in the November Anambra governorship election.”
“Today, the South East geo-political zone, hitherto referred to as the stronghold of opposition parties, is gradually melting into the APC and increasing the fortunes of APC to remain Nigeria’s leading political party.”
“The Membership Registration and Revalidation Exercise carried out by the party is of course, another major milestone achievement for the party. 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.”
He however enjoined members of the committee to remain resolute and dedicated to execute the assignment with a spirit of teamwork, taking the interest of the party above personal and selfish interests for APC to remain strong, united and Nigeria’s leading political party.