The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Peace and Reconciliation Committee has urged all aggrieved party members, especially those in the South West to emulate the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode.
This advice was given on Monday whe the Committee held an interactive hearing with aggrieved party members in Ondo and Ekiti to resolve the crisis brought about by the last primaries of the party.
The Committee with Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima as Chairman , Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna, as Vice- Chairman and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Modupe Adelabu, D-G of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside and Barrister Sa’ida Sa’ad Bugaje as members.
The committee held the interactive session for both Ondo and Ekiti states at Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The committee’s secretary, Malam Isa Gusau said in a statement emailed to journalists on Monday, Shettima during his opening remarks, urged members to draw some inspiration from leaders who have made sacrifices under difficult situations.
He said: “Party politics is sometimes unpredictable. However, we must summon the courage to fight our instincts by looking into the wider picture. If we are to go back to the formation of the APC, I think the first victim of the party’s compromises is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We all know what Asiwaju had put into the APC but when it was time to determine the running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju had to painfully compromise his interest for the overall interest of the party.”
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who will join us here, is for me, winner of Nigeria’s politician of the year award. From 1999 to date, I don’t think any Nigerian politician has demonstrated his level of courage in the way he has handled the outcome of the governorship primaries in Lagos. He is a Governor who has worked exceptionally but as I said, politics sometimes comes with unpredictable outcomes. Our courage in reacting to situations like Governor Ambode is what separates boys from men.
“I think anyone unhappy with the outcome of the APC primaries should draw inspiration from Governor Ambode.”
He told the party faithful: “So, we are here to make all of you here recognize that each and everyone of us is very important to the APC and you can’t be disregarded as if your feelings do not matter. We are here not only to respect your individual self esteem and console you but also to look into possible ways we can recommend for the party to placate aggrieved members through immediate windows or future opportunities.”
Governor El-Rufai, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti, Adelabu, Peterside and Bugaje also took time out to appeal to the aggrieved members to look into the future in the best interest of the party.
The statement also said aggrieved members took out turns to explain their grievances over the fall out of the APC governorship, National and state assembly primaries, and gave suggestions on how to resolve the party’s crisis.
It stated that the unanimous position shared by most aggrieved members is their commitment to working for the party’s presidential election with majority indicating interest in not leave the APC.
The statement said party members made both written and oral submissions.
The committee had last week met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to consult with him on issues affecting the party in the southwest.
Ambode was not in Ekiti but expected to join the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.