As preparations for the 2023 general elections gradually begin, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has intensified efforts to cut the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to size with series of reconciliatory moves.
AKELICIOUS gathered, is to ensure the return of its members who defected to the PDP, thereby weakening the opposition party.
Accordingly, the APC national caretaker/convention committee led by Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, which is spearheading the reconciliation agenda of the party, assured yesterday that all those who left the party will return, adding that the party has provided mechanism to resolve all the grievances.
Some prominent chieftains who left the APC in the buildup to the 2019 general elections include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, among others.
Barely two weeks after the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, returned to the APC, former national chairman of the PDP, Senator Barnabas Gemade, also returned to the party fold at the weekend.
Satisfied that its reconciliatory mission is yielding result with Gemade’s return to its fold, the Buni-led APC yesterday called out to others to follow suit, stressing that there was now conducive environment within the party to address all grievances.
A statement signed by the APC deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, noted that the return of Senator Gemade was another signpost of the well-received and successful reconciliation efforts being made by the leadership of the party.
The statement reads in part: “We assure all true progressives who left the party over whatever grievance to return and join ongoing efforts to reposition the APC and further achieve our pro-people plans for the country.
“The APC caretaker Committee led by Governor Buni has created a conducive and sincere environment to address many of the grievances among our party ranks and return the party to its progressive and lofty heights.
“It heartwarming that party faithfuls led by President Muhammadu
Buhari as leader of the APC have recognised the reconciliation efforts of the Governor Buni-led APC Caretaker and continue to support the Committee.
“We call on our supporters, members and leaders to continue their support for the caretaker committee by coming forward with any issues, grievances, disputations, differences for amicable resolution. The task of keeping the party unified and strong is a collective one”.