OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
A reconciliation committee set up by the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to resolve the crises rocking the Kogi state chapter of the party has blamed the National Working Committee (NWC) and skwed political appointments among others as reasons why the crisis degenerated.
Other reasons revealed by the panel chairman, Chief Tony Momoh, yesterday in Abuja, shortly after the submission of its reports include: Anti-party activities during the elections, Ruptured party government and governor relations, none or poor stakeholders’ consultations, political reconciliation with Audu/Faleke group, workers’ salaries and internal security.”
Speaking with newsmen at the party secretariat, Momoh who chaired the committee said about 300 pages of presentations including the findings and recommendations were submitted to the party.
“What I am saying is that we had recommended a win-win concessions unless people had made up their minds to do what they want to do,” Momoh said.
He also said: “APC national headquarters’ complicity, all these were areas we broke all the issues into and we discussed them comprehensively and made the recommendations.
“We met the National Assembly caucus led by Dino Melaye. We met the state assembly, all the members of state assembly and the speaker.
“We met a state executive committee of the party. We met the Faleke group. We met the governor and his team. Actually, we met with the governor for about three times because the bulk really stops on the governor’s desk.
“Everybody accepts that Yes, he is our governor and chief executive of the state but look at the problems. And we had lots of people coming to testify to what they’ve said the governor had done and lots of others who are supporters of the governor coming to testify about the good things governor had done.
“So, we came to the conclusion that the problems in Kogi state is absence of communication, missed communication or even inadequate communication and there was total breakdown of communication.
“Everybody was singing his own song, and then telling his own stories but coming together, we pleaded with them, appealed to them, ensured that everybody who had a case to make, made the case and we gave the party more than 300 pages of materials for documentation but one thing is that nobody we invited who didn’t come.
“And another thing is that lots of people whom we didn’t invite, came and we didn’t drive away anybody. We attended to everybody and we had ten areas which we broke the issues into.”
Recall that the APC National Chairman on April 17, 2017 inaugurated a five-member committee with a terms of reference to amongst others: interact with all major stakeholders of the party in Kogi state to ascertain the source, basis and depth of the hostilities; pursue a framework for establishing peace and reconciliation between all levels of the Party in the state; examine the role and actions of all individuals in the crisis and recommend necessary measures to promote party discipline and respect for order.
Other Committee Members are: Gen. John Shagaya, Sen. Barnabas Gemade, Gen. Ahmed Aboki and Sen. Olubunmi Adetunbi.
The committee chairman thanked the Party’s national leadership for entrusting the committee with the “sensitive assignment”. He also thanked Kogi stakeholders for “their enthusiastic cooperation and eagerness that peace returns to their state”.
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