The National leadership of the All Progressives Congress has frowned at the lingering disunity in the Abia State chapter of the party and has set up a peace and reconciliation committee “to bring the party together”.
Abia APC was embroiled in fresh crisis after the governorship primary and it has persisted in spite of the reconciliation meeting of June 18, 2022 held at Ntalakwu, Oboro Ikwuano Local Government Area.
However, the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, announced an eight-member reconciliation committee Wednesday after “a comprehensive meeting” in Abuja between the National Working Committee and stakeholders from Abia.
Those charged with the responsibility of birthing peace in Abia APC are Senator Chris Adighije who as chairman of the committee and the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha,as secretary.
Other members include Minister of State, for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh; former Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu; Former Abia House of Assembly Speaker, Hon Martin Azubuike; APC National Welfare Secretary, Hon. Friday Nwosu; and former House of Representatives member, Hon Emeka Atuma.
Senator Adamu alluded that the national leadership of APC has become tired of attending to complaints from Abia APC, saying that the party stakeholders should return to their state and find a lasting solution to the internal crisis.
He stressed the need for Abia APC to put its house in order and face the 2023 general election as a formidable united family, warning that he would not accept any excuses should the party fail to make a clean sweep of Abia.
The APC National Chairman expressed optimism that genuine peace and reconciliation would return to Abia, adding that with “what we have done today, the entire wards (in Abia) will witness peace”.
He stated that the inauguration of the peace commitee “is the very last step as NWC would not hold reconciliation meetings again” for Abia.
Adamu added, “We will now leave it to the leaders of Abia to go and play their politics in Abia state.
“Abuja is not about Abia, go to Abia, play politics there, do the necessary lobby, reconcile there because all politics is local.
“Abuja is not Abia locality, Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory. We converge here from various states. Let Abians go and sit together.”.
Chairman of the Abia APC Reconciliation Committee, Senator Adighije, accepted the challenge of unifying the members of Abia APC and pledged to bring together and reconcile all parties involved in the dispute.