The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima’s All Progressives Congress (APC’s) National Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the Southwest on Thursday ended the interactive meetings with a closed door meeting with Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun in his Ikeja private residence.
The committee had earlier met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and aggrieved party members from Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states, including Iyiola Omisore and his supporters from the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The meeting with Amosun, which was earlier scheduled for Abeokuta, was the committee’s last activity in the southwest after three days of hearings, according to a press statement by the secretary of the committee, Mallam Isa Gusau.
He said Governor Shettima led other members of the committee to a closed door session with Governor Ibikunle Amosun, with the discussions focusing on how to resolve the crisis that has bedeviled the APC in Ogun State.
Gusau said the committee had on Wednesday held closed door meetings with state chairman of the APC in Ogun State alongside Speaker of the Assembly. The meetings took place in Lagos as part of the committee’s interactive hearings for Ogun and Lagos States which took place at the Lagos State Government House, Marina.
He said major stake-holders of the party in Lagos state including Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the party’s governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, state chairman of the party and members of the Governors’ advisory council were all present at the opening of the committee’s meeting.
He said the meeting in Lagos, the committee had on Monday, held interactive hearing in Ado-Ekiti for aggrieved APC members from Ekiti and Ondo states during which the committee received and discussed written and oral complaints against the conduct of the party’s primaries in October and November.
On Tuesday, the committee held similar hearing in Ibadan and met the party’s members and strategic allies from Osun and Oyo states. Wednesday’s hearing in Lagos was the final in the schedule of hearings. In all meetings, the committee focused on consoling aggrieved members, reassuring them of possible inclusiveness in addition to seeking their inputs on how to increase the APC’s chances in the southwest ahead of the 2019 election.
Between Thursday and the weekend in Abuja, the committee’s representatives, according to its secretary, Malam Isa Gusau, are expected to meet with the minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu over issues in Oyo State and also meet some specific leaders of the party in the southwest as part of efforts to gather facts from all sides, conclude consultations before making strong and urgent recommendations to the APC’s national working committee as part of steps necessary to increase the party’s chances of winning all governorship, national and state assembly seats across the southwest.
Governor Shettima described outcomes of the committee’s interactions in Lagos as promising especially given the frankness of participants and commitment to remaining in the party.