…We won’t underate any party member-Shettima
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The All Progressives Congress (APC), South West Reconciliation Committee for Osun and Oyo States on Tuesday met with the former Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) and other aggrieved members of the party with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the wrangling with the party.
At the enlarged reconciliation meeting, held at the Government House of Oyo State on Tuesday, Chief Akintola (SAN), a stalwart of the party and one of the last governorship aspirants in Oyo State, lamented that there was so much to say about the last APC primary election in the state, adding that he was still doing a compendium of some of the things that transpired during and after the primaries.
“There is so much for me to say. I am doing a compendium of some of the things that transpired in the state which I will release at the appropriate time.
“The party has not offended me but my grouse is against an individual but I’m keeping all my comment to myself. Elders of the party and in town have spoken with me and I have taken the advice to heart. When the time comes, I will open up.
“I was allowed to present my position. The major issue is that the reward system of the party is very faulty. Rewarding people who have not contributed anything to the party, bringing people from the Diaspora, New York, South Africa to become commissioners whereas people who saw to the emergence of the governor would be sidelined. You can’t talk about peace without justice. Justice is the foundation of peace,” Akintola lamented.
The legal icon pointed out that the party was out for justice, optimistic that the appropriate organs of the party would take necessary steps.
While speaking with journalists after the five-hour reconciliation meeting, Chairman of the committee and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said the meeting was held to build bridges of understanding, to reconcile aggrieved party members and ensure that appropriate recommendations were made to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for it to make progress as a family and to make amend where necessary.
In his words: “We have a lot to learn from Governor Ambode. He demonstrated courage. He demonstrated unparalleled generousity of spirit that has never been shown by any Nigerian politician since 1999. Many people were spoiling for a fight.
“I believe that power is from God, and believe me, the kind of respect that his action has generated for him across the country is much more than spending 18 years in power.
“Power is the most ephemeral thing God gives to humanity, whether we like it or not. Mobutu Seseseko eventually had to leave power. Hosni Mubarak reluctantly had to relinquish power. So, anything that has a beginning must have an end. So, I commend Governor Ambode.
“I want to commend the governor of Oyo State. Oyo is the least rancorous of all the states in the South West. He has provided the leadership, the level-playing field, and the planning.
“We have come with cleanest of intention and with very open mind to listen, obtain recommendations and proffer solutions,” Shettima added.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in his remarks, noted that as aggrieved members, some of the people in attendance at the meeting have one or two issues to complain about, but as peacemakers according to him, it was imperative they created a platform for them to start a reunion of the APC family.
“What is important is that we must bond together, and also carry that crusade of making our party to win the 2019 elections together.”
“The 2019 elections will not mark the end of our great party. So, obviously there will be other things that can come out more fruitful than the
competition that you have actually envisaged that you are going to be the winners.”