Chairman of the nine-member National Reconciliation Committee raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconcile its aggrieved members has so far received 35 petitions from across the country, its Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said yesterday.
The Nasarawa senator, who spoke in Abuja, said: “At this point in time, we have something in the region of plus or minus 35 petitions. As you do know, you may wish to ponder on the fact that the petitions cannot have same weight.
“So, where we believe that the problems are deep-rooted, we intend to go and unravel what the problems are, and how best we can proffer solutions to them and make recommendations to the party.”
He added that the committee had analysed the petitions received, saying that it was developing a timeline for meeting the petitioners and other people involved.
This, the former governor said, was the position of the committee.
He expressed hope that the committee would be able to conclude its assignment and report to the party’s leadership before the National Convention.
He, however, expressed optimism that the committee would deliver on its mandate before February next year.
The senator explained that the committee, at its inauguration, developed a roadmap on how it would approach its assignment and was working on that to achieve its mandate.
He said: “And one of the key activities we lined up was to give every person who is involved with any petition as a stakeholder in the party, an opportunity to be hard and have a fair hearing.
“To do so, we advertised in six national dailies, including the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and as of last week Friday, quite a number of petitions have been received, some are still in the process of bringing their petitions.
“And we have decided to be liberal enough as long as it doesn’t challenge our abilities to cope with the current situation where there are some definitive positions as to when the party’s national convention will take place.
“It is hoped that we will complete our assignment and submit the reports for the party to take whatever position it wants to take and make recommendations before the conventions.
“The hope we are nursing is that by the time we go for the national convention, we will go as a party, with little or no problems.”
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Chairman had said the party’s national reconciliation committee was critical to its planned national convention.
Buni said the outcome of the committee would determine the conduct of the party’s national convention.
The Adamu panel was constituted on October 11 to reconcile members of the party, especially those who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party’s Congresses from its various state chapters.
The committee was also to reconcile, harmonise, integrate and unite members of the party and resolve real or seeming differences and to cement all cracks within the party ahead of its national convention.
The committee, which has Mr. Moses Adeyemo as its secretary, has former governors George Akume (Benue); Chime (Enugu); Ali Saad (Jigawa) and former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, among others as members.