From Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi has said the presidential panel headed by former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to reconcile aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was making progress.
Ajimobi, who is the chairman, sub-committee on media, told newsmen at a press conference Thursday in Abuja that Tinubu’s committee had been working quietly and reporting to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Those who know the meaning of reconciliation, we must first of all realise that it is all encompassing and the Asiwaju’s committee is working quietly, reconciling people underground, working with everyone. You will see a lot of people moving round and talking quietly with the Asiwaju group. So, the reconciliation is on going. As human beings, from the beginning of our being in this world till the end, we must continue to reconcile.
“We must reconcile ourselves with the environment, reconcile ourselves with people. So, reconciliation is a work in progress. I believe the Asiwaju team they are working very effectively and reporting to the President.”
On the state congresses, the governor said: “there might be violence here and there, it is interesting. You know, people value something that is very good. Anything of good value, people fight for it and it isn’t unusual to have people disagree over controlling and owning something.
“So, it is common with our party, it shows the level of democratisation that we have experienced, it also shows the level of how interested people are in the party and the democratic nature of our party. State congresses, yes there have been reports of violence here and there, it will continue to witness reconciliation and this is what we are doing. I believe honestly that reconciliation should take place.”
When asked whether the national convention committee was comfortable with the endorsement of former Edo State governor Adams Oshimhole as the next APC national chairman, Ajimobi said: “Talking about the President’s endorsement of Adams Oshiomhole, I believe that the President has endorsed but it doesn’t preclude other people from declaring to contest.
“It is a democracy and everybody is open to declare. I think everybody has a right to declare and once they declare, we go through the convention and we choose whoever would win. So, it is very competitive and you will still see in the coming days some people will declare their interest.”