By Ibanga Isine
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has set up a peace and reconciliation committee to resolve crisis rocking the party.
A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the APC was worried by the internal crises engulfing almost all the 36 state chapters of the party.
Mr. Abdullahi said the move was aimed at resolving outstanding issues before the party’s forthcoming non-elective national convention.
“Disturbed by the internal crises in some state chapters of the Party, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to set up peace and reconciliation committees to intervene in the affected states,” the statement reads.
“Recently, some state chapters of the APC have been engulfed in internal crises, leading to suspensions of party leaders and other members.
“Concerned by this ugly trend and as part of preparation for its non-elective National Convention which is expected to hold not later than April 2017, the NWC has decided to set up the committees to resolve all outstanding issues for the party to have a united front going to the convention.
“The committees will be made up of senior members of the party and some members of the National Executive Committee (NEC). They will have the mandate to investigate all issues with view to finding a lasting solution and reconciling members in the affected states.
“In the interim, the party has directed that where actions have been taken and disciplinary measured applied, state chapters should be strictly guided by the relevant provisions of the Party’s constitution on disciplinary procedures.
“Therefore, where those actions have been taken in breach of the processes and procedures that are laid down in the party constitution, such actions should be reversed and the status quo maintained pending the intervention of the peace and reconciliation committees.”
NEXT EDITION checks show the APC is grappling with serious internal crises which have led to the suspension of its key supporters in various states of the federation.
In Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Musa, a top leader of the party in the state has been suspended while in Akwa Ibom, a foundation member of the party, James Akpan Udoedehe, has also been suspended.
In Kano State, which turned in the largest number votes for the party during the 2015 presidential elections, the former Governor and serving Senator, Musa Kwankwaso, is under suspension.