By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
With the leadership crisis bedeviling the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) apparently over, the Yobe State Governor, Mala Buni, who was last week appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the caretaker Committee of the party, has vowed to bring about genuine reconciliation among the aggrieved party members.
Buni stated this while the inauguration of the 13-member caretaker/extra-ordinary convention committee of the party held at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja yesterday.
He said conflict in political organisations are not abnormal, adding “What happened to us as a party in the last few months is not totally strange in a big political party such as the All Progressives Congress (APC). Internal disagreements are common in all political parties, so ours is not an exception.
“It is time for this committee, therefore, to commence the process of true reconciliation among leaders and members of the party at all levels. It is our belief that the decision by NEC to constitute this committee will mark the beginning of a new chapter in our great party.
“What happened to us as a Party in the last few months is not totally strange in a big political Party such as the All Progressives Congress (APC), internal disagreements are common in all Political Parties, so ours is not an exception. lt is time for this committee therefore, to commence the process of true reconciliation among leaders and members of the Party at all levels. It is our believe that the decision by NEC to constitute this committee will mark the beginning of a new chapter in our great Party.
“Change is inevitable and disagreement on issues and concepts are an integral part of human and institutional relationship. As a political Party built on strong ideology and, parading men and women of enduring principle and integrity, we must prepare for real and anticipated changes and their consequences. The outcomes of changes that evolves in our Party politics must be decided by us.
“As the interim managers and leaders of our Party, our priority would be the recognition of the need to act appropriately and acceptably in the overall interest of the Party. Our actions in the next few months would be proactive and responsive.
“From now onward, we will concentrate on medium and long term development of our strategies and internal organization to support our public standing as well as our chances of electoral successes in all future elections.
“This is the time for us to focus with determination to create adaptive institutional capacity to weather the current divisions in our Party. I call on Leaders and members of our great Party to put the past behind us and strengthen ourselves for all current and future challenges.”
Meanwhile, asides the task of organising a National Convention to elect a new leadership of the APC within six months, the committee was also asked to reconcile party members whose disputes led to the protracted leadership crisis.