A call by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to dissolve the All Progressives Congress National Reconciliation Committee headed by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has been rejected by the party lawmakers.
Some aggrieved lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly, condemned the governor for serially rebuffing peace efforts.
The APC had in November, set up a committee headed by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to resolve the crisis, but Obaseki rejected the panel on the grounds that it was set up by the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee.
But leader of the 14 aggrieved lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly, Washington Osifo, condemned Obaseki for trying to cause chaos in the party.
Osifo said, “there is no group without a disagreement but when there is a disagreement there must be room for peace. Whoever abhors peace is an enemy of peace, progress and development of society. Peace is a recipe for development.
“For Obaseki to have rejected first the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led peace committee and now the Senate President Ahmed Lawan-led National Reconciliation Committee shows he is not for peace. Obaseki doesn’t mean well for APC, for Edo State and for Mr President.”
Also, Oshiomhole, while speaking on the level of achievement of of the committee, said the national reconciliation committee had started yielding results.
He stated this while welcoming the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, and his supporters back to the party.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, said the development was good for the APC.
The statement added, “Only last week, we received some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, who equally left the APC in Edo State and, came back into our fold.
“As a party, we are glad that the national reconciliation committee set up recently by the party is yielding fruits.
“We welcome these party men and women and we urge them to join in this progressive governance which the APC promised Nigerians.
“The APC is one big family that believes in the ideals of true democracy, the rule of law and party supremacy. We also want to use this opportunity to urge other members of our party who left and wish to return, to do so, as our party is big enough to accommodate all, even those with divergent opinions.”