Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Chairman, National Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Nassarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, have said that the committee is in the state to listen to and reconcile all the sides in the “family feud” within the state chapter of the APC.
The APC in the state has been fictionalised into two groups since the inauguration of the current State Governor, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on May 29, 2019.
One group is being led by the leader of the party and Information Minister, Mr. Lai Mohammed, called “APC Loyal” and has Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as its state chairman while other group is being led by the state governor, AbdulRazaq and called AA group in the state.
Each of the group has its own state secretariat in the state. The state secretariat of Mohammed’s faction is located along Flower Garden, GRA, Ilorin, while the state secretariat of AA group is also located at Commissioner Lodge Road, GRA, Ilorin.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor AbdulRazaq at Government House, Ilorin, on Monday, Senator Adamu said it would meet first with the aggrieved members of the party and then listen to the party executives, stakeholders and elders led by the governor in order to strike a balance and reconcile them.
He added that the committee would not accept any action or utterances that would deepen divisions or rubbish the APC-led administration in the state.
He said: “We are in Ilorin today to listen to complaints and grumblings that were expressed through the petitions received by us, and we felt a sense of duty as a committee to listen to those who are complaining, the issues they have, and see how best we can find a way out. Some of these (complaints) may be imaginary.
“Some of them may just be perceptions. But we don’t want to preempt what they mean until we listen to them.
“The essence is to avail the petitioners what is called a fair hearing. By the time we hear them we will be able to place some judgments.
“The government is our government. And anything that will rock the stability of the ship of State we will take every precaution to ensure that we discourage that.
“We want to assure Your Excellency and the leadership of APC in the state that we will not accept anything that is planted to discredit the administration of the state. We will try our best to reconcile all the reconcilable.”
The Governor received the team alongside Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi; Speaker Kwara House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu Danladi; Senators Umar Sadiq (Kwara North) and Lola Ashiru (Kwara South); House of Representatives members Raheem Olawuyi Ajulo-opin, Ismail Tijani, and Umar Bio; Acting Kwara APC Caretaker Committee chairman Abdullahi Samari; Kwara APC chairman-elect Mr. Sunday Fagbemi; Secretary-elect Mustapha Isowo; among others.
AbdulRazaq, for his part, said the party and the government are always open to reconciliation and would support the committee in its “patriotic mandate” to unify the party.
“We are indeed very grateful to have a very powerful delegation in Kwara State. And the unique thing about your team is how you dedicate your time to build the party and build the nation,” he said, commending the committee members and their commitment to peace.
“It is not an easy task for all of you because in every state you go to you would have friends and associates in any of the divides of the party, and some would have assumed that you are not looking after their interest but we know that you will bring your experiences to bear on this.
“On our part we will work with you in a way that will build a strong party going to the convention, party primaries, and the general elections in 2023.
“It is our effort to ensure that the President’s legacy is sustained by the party winning all the elections at all levels.”
Members of the reconciliation committee are Adamu; former House of Representatives Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara; third Republic governor of Jigawa State Saad Birnin Kudu; former Enugu Governor Sullivan Chime; former Benue Governor and Minister of Special Duties and The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. George Akume; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State Oluranti Adebule; Chief of Staff to the Kebbi State Governor Suleiman Argungu; former Deputy Governor of Oyo State Moses Adeyemo Akale; Commissioner for Health in Cross River State Beta Edu.